New ‘RoboCop’ and ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ Images & Poster

Published 9 months ago by , Updated November 5th, 2013 at 2:07 pm,

robocop jack ryan shadow recruit images New RoboCop and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Images & Poster

Two action movie franchises birthed in the 1980s – RoboCop and Jack Ryan – are getting rebooted for the 21st century, via (respectively) a direct remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi cult classic and a Ryan origin story film that is not based on any previously-published material by the late Tom Clancy, titled Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Likewise, both the new RoboCop and Shadow Recruit were – at some point – lined up to hit theaters in 2013, but are now making their debut in the first quarter of 2014.

In RoboCop, we shall get a revised version of how Alex Murphy (now played by The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman) became the man inside the machine, with updated references to drone warfare and modern corporations instead of the Reagan-era satire found in Verhoeven’s film. A second trailer will drop online later this week, but it’s difficult to imagine that the upcoming preview is going to change many people’s minds about this remake. Indeed, based on responses to the first trailer, there’s a clear divide between newcomers to the RoboCop franchise and longtime fans (who have yet to be convinced that a RoboCop with broader appeal won’t feel like a bit of a sellout).

Featured in the images below are Kinnaman without his shiny black RoboCop armor, Samuel L. Jackson (Oldboy) as a Bill O’Reilly-esque political commentator Pat Novak, Jennifer Ehle (Fifty Shades of Grey) as the Head of Legal Affairs for OmniCorp – the multinational conglomerate behind the RoboCop “product” that is run by Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) – Gary Oldman (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as the fellow who creates RoboCop, Dr. Dennett Norton; and Jackie Earle Haley (Lincoln) as Maddox, the military tactician who teaches Murphy how to handle his (ahem) newly-acquired guns. Say what you will about this remake, but it’s got a top-notch cast working in its favor.

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Meanwhile, Shadow Recruit stars Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness) as young Jack Ryan, who unexpectedly finds himself upgraded from CIA analyst to field agent when he uncovers a Russian plot to destabilize the U.S. economy. The film was originally slated to hit theaters on Christmas Day this year, but was pushed back to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday frame in 2014 (to make room for Oscar nomination-magnet Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street to hit theaters that day instead).

The first trailer for Shadow Recruit - directed by and costarring Kenneth Branagh (Thor) – makes the film appear to be a decent, if unremarkable addition to the espionage genre. In other words, the delay should work in its favor, seeing how the Jack Ryan reboot doesn’t seem to have enough muscle to duke it out with the heavy-hitters of the upcoming Winter Holiday season. And thus, Paramount has more reason to be confident that this installment can revitalize the Tom Clancy franchise (after the last attempt to reboot the series – with The Sum of All Fears in 2002 – didn’t work out so well as planned).

In addition to a new image of Pine, along with his costar Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), we have a new international poster for Shadow Recruit, along with a behind the scenes photo that shows Branagh (as director) guiding Pine through the art of fighting your opponent in a hotel bathroom. In all fairness, the chance to see Branagh perform with an evil Russian accent might be enough to justify the price of admission, on its own.

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens in U.S. theaters on January 17th, 2014.

RoboCop hits U.S. theaters on February 12th, 2014.

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  1. Finally! A promotional poster for Liz Kline: Head of Legal Affairs. How can you not be excited for Robocop now? Honestly, I don’t think they have a clue what they are doing with Robocop. Abbie Cornish just tweeted that the “wrapped again.” Meaning, they are still shooting this thing.

  2. Too bad the main “star” of the Robocop film will be the black suit.
    I hope Im wrong but…

  3. I’m not sure why but the 1 human hand on the Robocop suit looks so freaking out of place to me. I wish it were all robotic but the face deal. I mean damn, just shoot off his human hand and he’s useless.

  4. Stellar supporting cast in Robocop but that won’t save it from being crap.

    Based on the trailer and the things we know so far, it just seems terrible and even if it wasn’t called Robocop, the trailer just looked like a generic action movie that isn’t worth the money.

    Michael Keaton might be badass as the head of OCP but no one will ever outshine Kurtwood Smith and Ronny Cox from the original.

    Clarence Boddicker is my all time favourite movie villain. Such a badass with immensely epic and quotable lines.

    • +1 i’ll buy that for a dollar

    • “Well, give the man a hand!” :)

  5. The only positive thing I can say about Robocop is the caliber of actor that it’s manage to attain. Keaton, Jackson & Oldham. Some big pay cheques acquired there for sure.

  6. I’m glad that Sean Connery is co-starring in the Robocop reboot but is he a better choice than Sir Ian McKellan? What about Chris Plummer? Maybe Robo reboot 2!

  7. YES Connery will top this one out bigtime! Better pick than McKellan for sure, but his personal tendencies might tarnish the release publicity.

  8. I read in AICN that the guy who played Sqiggy makes a cameo in the film. Can’t wait for this movie!!!!!

  9. The Squigmond! That is so cool. He was a badass announcer in A League of Their Own but I’m surprised that he would stray to a non-Garry/Penny Marshall film. Hollywood does like to re-invent itself!!

  10. Ahhhh ummm…Gay!!!!!

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