Joel Kinnaman Talks ‘RoboCop’ New Costume, Movement & Tone [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:48 pm,

robocop reboot details joel kinnaman Joel Kinnaman Talks RoboCop New Costume, Movement & Tone [Updated]

[Update: Check Out what Kinnaman has to say about how the new Robocop will walk and move.]

With an official Summer 2013 release date set, a distributor in Sony onboard, and a rising star in the shape of Joel Kinnaman attached to portray its namesake, the impending RoboCop has joined the long list of reboots/remakes that have either become realities, are months away from reaching theaters – or are confirmed to actually begin production in the near future, rather than continuing to struggle on the climb out of development limbo (a la The Crow, Akira, etc.).

Kinnaman has been busy lately, making the rounds promoting the upcoming second season of AMC’s The Killing. Naturally, journalists have been keen to ask him questions about the RoboCop franchise revamping – and the Swedish actor has been fairly willing to oblige with answers.

Here’s Kinnaman talking about the modern science informing the RoboCop reboot (via MTV):

“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. 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.”

With regards to the general tone and thematic emphasis of the new RoboCop, Kinnaman said:

“[The 'RoboCop' reboot] is going to be a lot more human. The [original] movie is one of my favorite movies. I love it. Of course, [director Paul Verhoeven] has that very special tone, and [the reboot] is 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.”

Kinnaman also dropped the following tidbit about the eponymous cyborg police officer’s “new look”:

“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.”

UPDATE: Courtesy of Hit Fix we have this further quote from Kinnaman, regarding the robotic movements that original Robocop Peter Weller’s meticulously studied in order to actually move like a cyborg: 

There’s not going to be any twitchy robot [he mimics very mechanical robotic moves]. Our vision of how a robot is going to be in 2046, it’s going toThe be a very human skin, it’s gonna look very human. I’m going to be able to put my signature on the body language, too….from an acting standpoint, walking around just moving your jaw, it’s not so interesting. So this is going to be an opportunity to really bring a full performance to it.”

These comments by Kinnaman gel with what the RoboCop reboot helmer José Padilha has said in the past, concerning how the film will focus more on the title character’s existential issues – while also updating the ethical and political subtext from director Paul Verhoeven’s original 1987 movie. That approach naturally lends itself to a redesigning of the RoboCop visor, so we can better see the character struggle with his humanity.

It’s largely for those reasons that this reboot actually sounds like it could bring something new and interesting to the table.

During a separate interview, Kinnaman also expanded upon how the RoboCop reboot will (and won’t) differ thematically from Verhoeven’s film (via Collider):

“I’m such a huge fan of the original. I think I’ve seen the first ‘RoboCop’, 15 or 20 times. I’m like a kid, that way. And, I love all of [Paul] Verhoeven’s movies. He has a very special tone. I love ‘Starship Troopers’, too. That’s really smart. I think he really could portray fascism in a comedic way. It’s funny because both José [Padilha] and Verhoeven were accused of being fascists for their movies because they had fascist leads. So, [the 'RoboCop' reboot is] not going to have [Verhoeven's] tone, but there’s going to be political satire in it.”

Lastly, here’s what Kinnaman had to say about the content and potential rating of the new RoboCop:

“I sincerely hope they’re going for R ‘cause I can’t imagine how ‘RoboCop’ could be PG-13. That would be a huge mistake. If I have any say in it, I will fight very hard for it. It has to be violent.”

If Padilha’s work on the Elite Squad series is any indication, the RoboCop reboot could be a genuinely gritty and (at times) brutal sci-fi tale, in terms of the portrayal of violence and its futuristic world design. That would indeed be a fitting way to modernize Alex Murphy’s story, while still paying respect to Verhoeven’s classic work – and that quality would indeed qualify this entire venture as a worthy one, under Screen Rant‘s Top 5 Rules for Movie Remakes.

RoboCop is slated to begin principal photography later this summer, in order to make an August 9th, 2013 U.S. theatrical release date.


Source: MTV, Collider

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  1. Robocop 3 tried to go down the PG route to appeal to kids and look how that turned out. Not good.

    • Yea you can’t make a franchise change it’s rating to bring kids in. It’s like having a new Nightmare On Elm Street movie, and have Disney make it. Why try to bring kids into a franchise that’s bloody and has adult themes and has messages a adult would understand. Typical Hollywood

  2. SO anxious to see a trailer for this

  3. Sounds like This version will be more AndroidCop with him still aware of his former life the whole time. While RoboCop (original) had him become part of the system (a machine) and then fight to regain his humanity & memories.

    While the original saw RoboCop and Peter Weller as individuals learning to strike a balance this one seems to want to keep them as a single character. Especially with the helmet change so that yoy can see his eyes.

    Im not gonna write this off yet but Im not really liking what I have gathered.

    • You have the cyborge & android analogy switched around Androids are machines that resemble humans in appearence like Terminator. Where as a cyborge is someone who is human and had to have mechanical parts attatched in order to live, but they are also able to retain their humanity & memories like Cyborge of the Teen Titans or (technically) Will Smith’s character in IRobot.

      • I don’t your definitions are correct
        In Terminator 2 Arnold himself said that he is cyborg or cybernetic organism, which is a being with both organic and mechanic parts. It does not have to be living things first. Whereas android is indeed just machine that looks like human. The two terms are not opposite, they are different.

        Back to the film, i really love robocop as i watched many times when i was younger. I hope they won’t change much, just remake with better CGI would be awesome. And year PG-rated would be devastating.

  4. It won’t be hard to top the PG13, kid friendly disaster known as Robocop3. That movie was weak, super weak. Robocop has to be violent and nasty to work.

  5. Only seen the original 15 or 20 times and he calls himself a huge fan… we’ll see.

    I thought Peter Weller was outstanding in his ability to portray the charaters struggle without seeing his eyes… my 2 cents.

    • At what magical number of viewings would you believe he’s a huge fan? 15 to 20 sounds like plenty to me…

      • Any number considerably higher than 15 or 20 since the movie has been out for 25 YEARS. Fan, yes… HUGE fan, no…

    • I agree with this lol

      • And we have yet another lemming…

      • Oh yeah… did it REALLY make you “laugh out loud”???

    • Ha I guess you want him to say, He has every single RoboCop merchandise out there..from Comic Books to video games to call himself a big fan right? The amount of times you seen robocop is NOTHING compared to others

      • The other merchandise is practically garbage… the original WAS/IS groundbreaking, and he stated HUGE fan; not big fan.

        I never mentioned how many times I’VE seen the film but I WILL say that has been QUITE a bit more than 15 or 20. I’m pretty sure that I viewed it 15 or 20 times THE FIRST YEAR OF IT’S RELEASE. As well as Aliens (1986) and Predator (1987).

        So… do NOT attempt to call my film viewings into question.

  6. I dont like the idea of being able to see his eyes but its a minor gripe

  7. Not seeing his eyes or face was one of the complaints that I would read in comment sections when it was rumored that Fassenbender(sp?) would try this role. I would always read that hes to great an actor and that they want to see his eyes/face for the role to work or something along those lines. Not true me thinks..

    I concur with what ‘seth’ said,

    “I thought Peter Weller was outstanding in his ability to portray the charaters struggle without seeing his eyes… my 2 cents.”

  8. i never liked the original robocop mang , i thought it was too violent at the time , but maybe this reboot will good

    • If you thought it was too violent then you definitely wouldn’t want to see the unrated restored version.

      This has an extended version of the death of Kinny (the exec who was turned to mince meat by ED 209), and the restored scene’s from Murphy’s murder which included showing the back of his head exploding when Clarence finishes him off.

      Those two scene’s were removed/shortened so Verhoeven could get the R rating.

    • and how old are you now?

  9. shud have called it rebootcop :}

  10. Well it sounds like he has some good ideas anyway. I can really feel his respect for the old story. I am not in favor of this RoboCop reboot, but it’s going to happen no matter what I want. If so, it sounds like, so far, it’s in good hands.

    The R rating is key, but I wouldn’t count on it in today’s stupid Hollywood.

  11. I like the original movie, it is a classic.

    This remake or reboot (since someone call me a idoit for not saying reboot)should be R rated.

    Hollywood is stupid, it destoryed the Termiantor movie series by making Terminator 3 and Terminator Salvation PG-13.

    What ever happened to violent old school action movies?

    Universal Soldier: Regerenation was a good movie scriptwise but still it had lots of violent, gore and action.

    It had also pratical effects, the movie was awesome and old school action.

    • Terminator 3 was rated R. It wasn’t a good movie. Just tried to duplicate the second.

  12. The only thing that I would say at this point is ‘seeing the eyes’ may be a mistake. By hiding, it made you ‘look’ and ‘think’ more of what Murphy was feeling and make you more ‘active’ in the film than ‘passive’. I don’t want to see everything on a platter…. ~ Stark

    • The other thing about hiding his eyes in the original, when they take him back to his old precinct for testing none of the cops know it’s him.

      Of course they didn’t get much of a chance to get to know him anyway, but his partner realised who he was after a while, especially when he does the gun slinger spinning gun trick Murphy used to do for his son.

      I also always loved Poledouris music, especially during the scene’s where he visits his now vacant home, his flash-backs with his family.

  13. Another bastardized movie I will pretend isn’t happening thank you.

  14. was a huge fan when I was about 10 years old at the time, will love to see a new costume

    • You were a fan at 10?

      How did you get to see an R rated movie at that age?

      • LOL…my parents didn’t care they thought it was a kids type of movie and Robocop had an animation series in the late 80`s

  15. Gotta love how everyone involved blathers on about how they are such big fans of the original while at the same time talking about how they are gonna rip the soul out of the original and totally re-imagine it. Reminds me of the guy who extends one hand in friendship while the other is holding a dagger behind his back.

    Might as well just call it, “Android Officer” and stop trying to leech name recognition from the original just to boost ticket sales a bit. If you are going to tell a completely different story, at least have the balls to come up with an original name to go with it.

  16. Well… at least it’s gotta be better than “Prime Directives” right?

    • @ Jimmy

      Robocop 3 was the weakest in the trilogy no doubt about that. But after Watching Robocop: Prime Directive dvd, i thought that was worse & didn’t bother watching the others honestly.

  17. Sounds like its gonna…….SUCK! Really see his eyes?

  18. I am withholding judgement until I see more, but I am tentatively looking forward to this.

  19. The director is very good which is always a good sign for any movie. Joel is a great actor. Not a huge robocop fan (really of most 80′s movies in general) but I’m def excited for this.

  20. Not sure about a see-through visor for the new Robocop costume. I mean even in Robocop 3, there were shots near the climax you could see his eyes thru the visor & looked bad imo. Made the close-ups in that film look bad. I dunno till i see pictures of the costume & know more about the film. But right now i feel as if im gonna pass on this reboot.

  21. Changing the ICONIC look of Robocop is a huge mistake! That’s the one thing about the original film that doesn’t look outdated after twenty-five years.

    What they need to do is bring in Peter Weller to teach this new kid how to move exactly like he did in the same damn suit, and let’s pray that that director doesn’t emulate the corny dialogue and pottymouthed tough guys that looked like background dancers in a Michael Jackson video.

  22. Robocop IS my favourite movie ever! I was slightly light headed when i seen this would be made, I cant wait to see a trailer

  23. The RoboCop suit must be kept the same or the title RoboCop will not work. It’s like the orig Karate Kid movie and the Next Karate kid movie with was nothing about Karate but Kung-Fu. Please keep the same look, you may add another leg holster like Robo Cable, you may add upgrades to Robo but do not! change the suit or like others post here, might as well be andriod cop.

  24. I’ve always disliked the RoboCop movies. The first half of the first one is great, but then come the giant spiders and all that, it turns to crap. Hopefully they’ll take bettr care of this one.

    • Dr. Thriller what movie are you talking about? There aren’t any spiders shown in the RoboCop movies.

  25. Often got people asking for Robocop costumes back in the 90′s. If this is going to be a new craze then I had better get onto the suppliers!

    Great share, thank you

    A. Rydin

  26. they can`t change de suit, RoboCop is what it is, it can`t me changed, only upgraded, better weapons, better details and stuff, but they need to keep the original look!!!!

    • i agree the suit should only be upgraded, NOT completely changed. maybe insead of the suit being silver, the can change the color to all-black but with the same exact head/ helmet piece as the original. i dont like the idea of seeing his eyes either. seems so elementary to me. they’d better keep it R-rated or its going to be an epic FAIL…

  27. I really hate the idea if gonna go with the see-thru visor helmet with his new look. It looked bad when you saw his eye at the end of Robocop 3 in the climax but seeing both eyes in the reboot? C’mon. If they want to change things, change the weapons, better program, etc. Things i liked about Robocop 3 was they gave new arsenal & the flightpack.

  28. I’m buzzing with anticipation on this upcoming movie. Firstly the casting is very sound. Secondly i think it’s fair to bring a new vision to this film within our new understandings of neuro science and how it affects our current lives.
    The orignal will always be a classic in my view and if this adaptation doesn’t meet that standard well no complaints from me always have the orignal to go back to and love.
    Good luck MGM thanking you in anticpation!!!

  29. Did someone say giant spiders!?!?