‘Robocop’ Remake Script Details: Armor Upgrades, Al-Qaeda & Easter Eggs

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 26th, 2013 at 7:16 am,

There have been a lot of questions about how, exactly, Brazilian director Jose Padilha will modernize the story of Robocop for his upcoming remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film. With the current international socio-political climate, and major advancements in technology (and our relationship with technology) there is seemingly much juicy material that can be mined for an interesting and relevant new take on the story.

Well, the Robocop (2013) script by relative newcomer Joshua Zetumer and Gran Torino screenwriter Nick Schenk has apparently leaked out, and some of the details about this new take on Alex Murphy/Robocop are sure to make fans of the classic version take up arms in protest. Read on to find out more, but be warned – MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW!!!

Drew McWeeny from Hit Fix was the man to get his hands on the script, and took to Twitter to let the universe know how he felt about it. The folks over at Bleeding Cool did us the favor of compiling McWeeny’s tweets into a more serviceable transcript, which you can read below:

I’ll share this one detail. In the film, when Murphy is turned into Robocop 1.0, it’s described “a high-tech version of the ’80s suit.”

Then they show a focus group scene where criminals laugh at the design. “He looks like a toy from the ’80s!”

So they redesign him to look “meaner” as Robocop 2.0, who passes focus group approval.

So they not only make sure to include the original design, they also point out it’s dated and stupid. *facepalm*

Hold onto your sides for more hilarious “Robocop” details. They outsource his construction to China. #seriously

And we meet the ED-209s in the field in Iran, where they’re used to subdue suicide bombers. #ineedallthedrinksnow

Ahhh… now they just dropped Robocop 3.0 onto an Al Queda training camp to see what he does.

“He should be programmed to incapacitate in all scenarios.” “Agreed. Let’s keep him PG-13, Dr. Norton.” No. No. No. No.

By page 54, they are already onto Robocop 4.0, who looks like a “cop on steroids painted metallic blue.”


Robocop 2013 Armor Concept Art 280x170 Robocop Remake Script Details: Armor Upgrades, Al Qaeda & Easter Eggs

NOTE: This concept art is NOT the official armor that will appear in the film.

Oh, god… oh dear god… Robocop is a Transformer. He goes from “social mode” to “combat mode” and back. Full transformation..

Okay… the two “best” lines in the script. First up is at the unveiling ceremony for Robocop in Detroit, from a TV reporter covering it.

“I think it’s safe to say that Alex Murphy is now part man, part machine, ALL COP!” Yes, I too remember the original poster, asshat.

If you can get past Robocop The Transformer, there are some interesting action beats. And I’m sure Padilla will direct the hell out of it.

But overall? Ouch. Ouch. Ohpleasedon’t. Ouch. And a big side order of ouch.

There’s more to it, but for the full breakdown you’ll need to head over to either Bleeding Cool or Drew McWeeny’s Twitter feed.

So far, I’m not freaking out about the actual plot details as much as I am the writing style of the script. Joshua Zetumer and Nick Schenk have very few actual feature-length screen credits between them, and nothing on the scale of this Robocop remake. Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner turned the script for Verhoeven’s original film into a satirical jab at everything from American consumer/corporate culture to violence in media, while still creating an intriguing and memorable central character, who they then spun-off into numerous sequels and other media forms (TV, comics).

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Move over Tony Stark: Robocop will be getting his own armor upgrades.

The writers of this new version seem more content to… “borrow” ideas from other tech-centered blockbuster franchises, with the most of shades of influence coming from the Iron Man and Transformers films. Aside from that “implementation” of familiar ideas, the writers of the new Robocop seem equally content with dropping heavy-handed references to real-world situations and figures, rather than using the sort of hyperbolic and/or metaphorical inferences that made the original at once so clever and, arguably, still relevant to our days and times.

Of course, we don’t know much about the action in the film, which is an area that helped Padilla’s Elite Squad become the all-time highest-grossing film at the Brazilian box office. Between that, and a cast that includes Joel KinnamanSamuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gary Oldman and Jackie Earle Haley, there is a ray of hope that this remake will be more enjoyable than the Total Recall remake (read our review), which also attempted to translate a clever Verhoeven film into a modern day blockbuster, but only managed to create a hollow action flick, instead.

Robocop will be in theaters on August 9, 2013.

Sources: Bleeding Cool and Drew McWeeny

Early Robocop Concept Art Header Image via Film O Philia (NOT actual armor design in film)


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  1. Please GOD don’t let that concept “art” have anything to do with Robocop! That’s just a guy in a suit! ROBO is supposed to imply that he has robotic parts, and while they can be made to be the same size as normal human parts these days, it just wouldn’t be the same. I’m still holding out hope that this film will succeed, but if those script tidbits are true, and the final design is ANYTHING like what we see here, then it will fall into obscurity like Total Recall.

  2. As long as he doesnt run, jump, or have rocket boots i’m fine with his new look (even though that’s not his final design) and i’m please with he visor so far. Besides peope are bitchin when we really don’t know anythin, this might not be the offical script anyways, and what’s wrong with having a “training scenario in Al-Qaeda”? Does anyone remember Robo had upgrades in Robocop 3, hell in the second one his armor was different tone. My god people don’t light your torches jus yet

    • agreed. I for one think that concept design is awesome!

    • agreed bud u took the words from me

    • he shouldn’t be anywhere NEAR Iran or Al Queda. He’s RoboCOP, not RoboSOLDIER.

  3. Did Joel Schoemaker have a hand in this suit design? It needs faux nipples.

  4. i don’t have any faith in this reboot anyway, but this is beyond horrible concept art for Robocop. This looks more like Dark Sector concept art.

  5. I hope this doesn’t go the way of Conan

  6. (Smiling his slimiest smile) My Lords. this entire projects is folly. It will turn out to be dreadful for sure.

  7. I want to see a sex scene with Robo and his wife. That’s be awesome!

  8. Looks to much like a mech suit.

  9. I’d buy that for a dollar… that’s all the concept art is worth

  10. Just… No. That is awful. I’m sorry, but the Robocop Armor is iconic and it still looks “futuristic” in a lot of ways. It COULD be bulked down with CG, maybe, but this is just awful. It looks like the aliens from the Battleship movie preview.

  11. the university of oregon is using that concept art to make a new football jersey lol…i love that suit but prob needs to be bulkier

  12. I had a fight with Drew in one of the gay bars I visit once. The cops broke it up before we could bust any fruit. Anyway bottom line, don’t trust that man. Believe me.

  13. I believe it was the other way around.Marvel had created Iron Man in the 1960’s along with all their Heroes.Way before Robocop was made into a movie.They were just waiting for the right time to launch their movies.Perhaps because now they can create the kind of special effects these characters needed.If this is a prototype of what the actual version is going to look like then it really looks like an Iron Man suit to me.They are definitely copying Marvel or Transformers.Robocop should look more human than robot.His human characteristics and features should be seen in his armor.My guess is this is not him But a bad cameo by Stan lee.

  14. Why do people get so worked up about this looking or sounding stupid? I say let them try something different, and if it works then we have an awesome reboot to watch. If not then we still have the original which is a great film.

  15. I don’t know what to think or say about the robocop remake. I liked the 80s version. I have nothing against a remake simply becuase you have tons of people who have never heard of robocop, and because I would like to see a remake or updated version of the original. I just hope that they make murphy/robocop far better than the 80s version. I would like them to have him human, who could extract his armor from under his skin (but that’s probably asking too much, as I do feel that there should be some elements of murphy’s robotic/mechanical parts visible even when he looks human).

    They probably should incorporate some traces of the GI Joe movie into the remake…when they had the joes in their robocop-like suit, chasing the baraness and storm shadow to stop them from showering the Eifel Tower with the metal-eating nanobots. I would say that robocop should be able to run the same way as the joes did when they were in the metal suit. Also, how about allowing robocop the ability to transform one of his arms/hand into a rotary gun/canon?

    • seriously???? are you about 6 years old by any chance.

    • that has got to be some of the stupidest Ideas I have heard.
      Robocop is a cyborg not some liquid metal thing. and nanites would be a way over the top.

  16. this is so stuppit,im a big fan
    but indeed this has nothing to do with robocop.
    I think they just gonne use the name robocop,as in other remakes.

    Why are they so douchbacks.

    As a stand alone film ok it looks gimmickly ok.
    but as a remake…come on
    just give robocop the orginal suite with some upgrade
    but not like this.

    robocop needs to walk like he did back in the 80 90’s
    talk like he did.
    the whole company needs to stay!

    we have seen a very high advanced roboninja in the other robocop movie
    work to that for all i care
    but first we need our robocop in todays world!~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. As a huge Robocop fan I have just one this to say: if the script mentioned above is anything close to the final version please just let this film die. I understand that Hollywood is struggling for ideas but not every classic franchise needs a new sequel or reboot, classics are classics for a reason can’t we just let them be?

    • Almost forgot, if Robo’s final design is close to the concept art I think Crytek is going to sue someone, Robo’s armor is way to close to the armor design in the Crysis game series.

      • lets hope it is because if they are sued then the movie would most likely die(one could only hope).

  18. Wow. The suit looks horrible. :(

    You can’t top Paul Verhoeven’s classic. There should be a law against making remakes of Paul Verhoeven films.

    What’s next? Are they going to try to remake Basic Instinct and Starship Troopers as well? Ridiculous.

    • Well, as far as Starship Troopers is concerned, someone should probably read the whole book (which might require an hour or two)and make a movie that is actually based on more than the Cliff notes version.

  19. The original film was such an endearing classic, I doubt anything can come close to it but as it stands, we should all take this information with a grain of salt because, lets face it, you’ll feel MUCH better after reading those “supposedly” official tidbits of the script. For you fans out there(like me) do what I just said above and you’ll sleep better.

    Trust me, you will.

  20. Changing the suit of RoboCop is just as bad as when they did not sign up Robert Englund to play Freddy Krueger in the new Nightmare on Elm Street and put Jackie Earle Haley to play Freddy which is also in this movie

  21. Stop catering to a crowd that wont respect a movie in 20 years and make a movie and make it worth a damn to be remembered. Work on a script that’s gold not half ass everything to make a quick dollar. What happen to quality?

    • “What happen to quality?”
      it went down the drain a long time ago thanks to kids having 30 second attention span(if that) and have their time texting or wasted on video games and other such things.

      hell a lot of kids cannot even spell these days because of net speak.

      its so bad that when I talk about the old days of DOS they was like “What the hell is that?”

      I grew up in the eighties and remember Tandy and when movies was good and actors had to well act and not depend on sfx to save their poor acting and poor over all story that movies have become.

      I think almost all of those days are gone as with better sfx the actors will just get worst and the only reason to watch is because of the women they pick to play a part regardless if they can actually act as they can rely on their other um attributes….

      its like the trash they tried to pass off as the reboot of the old trek and failed miserably.

      they got actors who couldn’t act, they turned an iconic female character into a slut and then they pulled out a piece of paper and took a dump on it and called it a script…..

      why? because the younger generation(I am from Gen X by the way)has a shrinking attention span….

      I feel sorry for those from the first set of robocop movies…..

      • “wasted on video games”

        Whoa whoa whoa, don’t try to pin this crap on video games. They used to be good in the 80s and 90s, too. They even had the growing potential to be a serious art form back then, but succumbed to the same greedy corporate pandering to smart phone addicted snot-nosed brats that the movie industry did.

  22. What the hell?
    thats no robocop, it is something but it isn’t robocop..

    though I hope they throw in that funny gag from one of the other robocop movies where he shoots around the guy getting ready to light up and says “Thank you for not smoking”

  23. Here we go again, let’s ruin another movie with a remake

  24. That picture of the ‘new’ robocop just looks plain stupid… the original one would kick that pretty-bot’s ass six ways to sunday. end of discussion.

  25. Bad news every one….Its not concept art….it the actual suit. Filming has already begun with this costume. Not sure if I’m allowed to post links here, but if you google ‘new robocop suit’ and do an image search there are quite a few pictures of the actor on -set in the suit. It is indeed a sad day for Robocop.

  26. Is anyone else worried about the fact that the TV reporter knew his real name?

  27. I’ll buy that for a dollar!

  28. NO!!! Please PLEASE don’t ruin another classic! Oh wait… Robocop already did that 😉

    Seriously though, He’s supposed to be like 10% human and 90% machine, what is this guy doing walking around in a blue swim suit with plastic pieces glued to it? … Is THAT supposed to be “Robocop”??? Where’s the “Machine” parts of him? Why is he in a full body swim suit? Is he going for a dive?

    Yeah… I’m not wasting my money on this garbage. Why can’t people either stick to the original, or use the gray matter in between their ears to come up with something original and change the name, because what I see above is NOT Robocop!

  29. Robocop “3” already did that

    sorry, typo