Everything old is new again.
Black-clad, ticked-off, just a little Swedish – meet your new Robocop. Image via the telephoto ninjas at ComingSoon.Net.
No sooner has Len Wiseman‘s apparently fairly anemic “Total Recall“ come and gone from our cinemas than news reaches me of the next Paul Verhoeven film due for an
unjustified kicking nifty remake and remodel.
“Robocop”, Jose Padilha’s spin on the dark future of law enforcement, has begun to lens in Canada and the first paparazzo pics have hit the net – we have the fine droogs at ComingSoon.Net to thank for the image shown above.
I’m not quite sure what to make of the new Robocop depicted above – I’m getting a distinct “G.I. Joe – The Rise of Cobra”/“Guyver”/every movie with a hero strapped into a body-conscious slab of matt black body armour vibe from what new Murphy, Joel Kinnaman is wearing in that long shot.
Black is the new…black?
Of course, it’s easy to be snarky when all that you’re seeing is a quickly snapped photograph, taken at a distance, of what adds up to first pass, location photography – we’ve not seen how/if the armour will be enhanced, the subtleties of Kinnaman’s physical performance and what direction Padilha’s production is directing. It’s a little early to say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ based on one photograph, but this is the internet, so I’m sure that some bunch of forumite taste makers has already called the future prospects of this new remake based on this lone pic.
“Can you fly, Bobby?”
Don’t mess with my Robo, losers – or I’ll send Clarence Boddicker, Detroit’s lethal legend, after your Gucci Loafer-sporting, corporate suited butts. And he’s not a nice man (YouTube link contains NSFW awesomeness…)
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If we must have remakes of every 1980s film possible – and this is a belief which Hollywood execs cling to as though it were a life jacket in the midst of a shipping disaster – I suppose it doesn’t hurt to have such retreads at least possessed of half-decent casts.
To which end, the creatively bankrupt souls proposing to lay siege to the glorious, bullet-riddled corpse of Paul Verhoeven‘s peerless “Robocop” appear to be seeking the services of Hugh Laurie as their villain. Pretty inspired casting, if truth be told, as I’m sure that Laurie could bring more than enough low-key, well-spoken menace to the equivalent role that Ronny Cox played in the original, 1987 flick.
If Laurie signs on, he’ll join Gary Oldman, Samuel L Jackson, the in-negotiations Abbie Cornish and Joel Kinnaman as the titular ironsides law man.
The director is Jose Padilha, who previously brought you bleak-as-heck Brazilian cop flick “Elite Squad”, which at least indicates that the producers haven’t sought out a director who’ll toe the line and turn in a PG-13 bowdlerised version of the story.
Would it be too much to hope for that wiser heads on the production team enlist the great Kurtwood Smith for a cameo?
Yes, I went there. Here be terrible puns.
“Which one of you perps said Stallone was better?”
John Wagner, co-creator of Mega-City One’s least socially progressive plod Judge Dredd has seen the new Pete Travis directed film and pronounced it good. Or not ‘Drokk!’, at least. Which is nice.
This may go some way towards offsetting some of the bad early buzz about directorial lock-outs from the edit room, behind-the-scenes wrangling, fan worries about early set pictures and that jazz – it would be nice to think that an independently financed production like this could realise this iconic Brit sci-fi anti-hero properly and launch a series of delightfully dystopian adventures which might get this character some of the attention he deserves.
At least it’s got a year or so head start on the “Robocop“ reboot, which can only be good news for fans of futuristic bad-asses dispensing ironic summary justice.
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Sometimes, I get confused about whether I’m reading the news or I’ve accidentally clicked The Onion’s website by mistake.
Glancing at Reddit today, I came across this gem – the city of Pontiac, Michigan appears to have been privatised.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
Anybody disagree with the new plan? No? Great...
See, “Robocop” was set in Michigan, so the image kind of makes sense? No? Just me then…
Not to come over all European and abhorrently progressive, but is it really a good idea to let an unelected private sector guy come in and start slashing costs left and right, even in a global economy as well and truly buggered as the planet’s currently appears to be?
The last time that I looked, running local government and trying to make a profit for your stockholders are two quite different things and never the twain will meet. It’s hard to see how firing a bunch of civil servants, cutting local services to the bone and screwing over taxpayers is helping anybody other than the private contractor in charge of the whole process (who is presumably on some sweet, performance-related pay incentive to get things profitable again).
But then, isn’t that what this appears to be all about – bringing the private sector into public services and making a bunch of money for people whilst ensuring that the rest of us get well and truly shafted?