A Robocop remake has been in the works for years, going through various different scripts and ideas about how to bring the very 80s movie into the modern day. However things are now being pinned down as to exactly what direction they’re taking, as the movie will start shooting later this year, with Jose Padilha directing and The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman in the title role.
Now Kinnaman has been talking about this new version to MTV, saying that, “RoboCop is going to be a lot more human. The first movie is one of my favorite movies. I love it. Of course, Paul Verhoeven has that very special tone, and it’s not going to have that tone. It’s a re-imagination of it. There’s a lot of stuff from the original. There are some details and throwbacks, but this version is a much better acting piece, for Alex Murphy and especially when he is RoboCop. It’s much more challenging. It’s not going to be jaw action. They’re still working on the suit and how it’s going to look, but the visor is going to be see-through. You’re going to see his eyes.”
The actor also says that the movie will be dealing with real science and the study of neurons in the body. “There’s a lot of neuroscience now raising the question, ‘Is all the intelligence in the human body in the brain?’ and they’re finding out that, no, it’s not like that,” says Kinnaman. “The body has intelligence itself, and we’re much more of an organic creature in that way. It’s not a control tower that does everything.”
One of the more gruesome scenes in the original, which sees Murphy being shot to death, is going to be toned down. There will be no complete on-screen decimation of the man’s hand this time around. “Yeah. It’s going to be different. But it’s very good. I was looking to do a big movie and to show that I can carry a big movie, and I couldn’t be happier that this is going to be one of those big movies, a blockbuster, but that is also a real movie. A movie-movie. It’s going to have a political satire to it too. I’m super stoked. Especially with this director. José Padilha is a badass. He’s the real deal.”