A remake of Robocop has been in the works for years and was one of the first projects MGM resurrected when it came out of bankruptcy. Now things are moving forward with Elite Squad director Jose Padilha at the helm, and now Deadline reports the lead role has been offered to The Killing and Snabba Cash star, Joel Kinnaman.
Kinnaman would play Murphy, a police officer left for dead while on duty, who is revived via a robotic body and sent back out into the dangerous streets of Detroit, sometime in the very near future. Jose Padilha is directing from a script by Joshua Zetumer.
MGM hopes to shoot the film before the end of the year for a 2013 summer release date. Kinnaman would have been busy playing one of the leads in Warner’s Arthur & Lancelot, but that film was pretty much canned over budget issues (there’s still a chance it’ll get going again, but it’s looking unlikely), leaving Joel’s schedule empty. He’s hot stuff in Hollywood at the moment, and it’s looking likely that Robocop will be the movie that attempts to break him onto the major movie scene.