‘RoboCop’ Reboot to be Distributed by Sony

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:48 pm,

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MGM began making serious plans to produce a RoboCop series reboot/remake as far back as 2008, but it was one of several titles sideswiped by the studio’s bankruptcy woes in 2010. Since then, the project has landed back on track and now has a firmly-set director (José Padilha) and lead actor (Joel Kinnaman) aboard, along with a tentative Summer 2012 start date for principal photography.

The RoboCop franchise remodeling has taken another big step towards becoming a reality, thanks to Sony Pictures officially signing on to distribute the flick in theaters. RoboCop is just the latest collaboration between Sony and MGM, alongside upcoming titles like this month’s 21 Jump Street and the new James Bond movie Skyfall.

Deadline has confirmed the Sony-MGM deal for RoboCop. The project is also being produced by Strike Entertainment heads Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Children of Men, The Thing) and will be based on a script devised by promising up-and-comer Josh Zetumer – with revisions reportedly being handled by Nick Schenk (Gran Torino).

José Padilha is at the helm of the 'RoboCop' reboot

Padilha is a native Brazilian filmmaker who’s made a name for himself directing such critically-acclaimed titles as the documentary Bus 174 and the gritty crime thriller/dramas that are his lucrative Elite Squad movies. Most of Padilha’s prior cinematic works have tackled themes of political corruption, social inequality and government-sanctioned violence, all within the context of his home country.

Based on the director’s comments in the past, Padilha plans to address similar ideas in his U.S.-set RoboCop retooling without merely rehashing the same approach taken by director Paul Verhoeven in the original 1987 film. The filmmaker has also expressed an interest in exploring the existential implications of the RoboCop character to a greater degree than Verhoeven did.

MGM’s RoboCop reboot is now expected to be a somewhat lower-budgeted undertaking (even though previous estimates pegged it at $80 million), in part due to Padilha’s approach – which doesn’t exactly lend itself to a fluffy popcorn blockbuster – and also because the new screen incarnation of former human cop-turned-cybornetic corporate product Alex James Murphy isn’t going to be portrayed by a highly-bankable leading man.

Although Kinnaman is an actor whose career is definitely on the rise, the star of AMC’s The Killing is nowhere near the A-list status of previously-rumored candidates like Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, or even Russell Crowe. Not to mention, Kinnaman’s fanbase (while loyal) has not yet reached the levels of the most serious prior contender to headline the film, X-Men: First Class‘ Michael Fassbender.

Joel Kinnaman will become the new RoboCop

That’s all to say: RoboCop isn’t as immediately marketable a new take on a familiar story as this past winter’s MGM/Sony collaboration (David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and it remains a pretty divisive project as far as the wider film geek community is concerned. All that aside, there’s very much potential for something worthwhile to come of all this hullabaloo.

We will continue to keep you up-to-date on the status of the RoboCop reboot as more information is released.

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Source: Deadline

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  1. since when is 80 mill $ a lower budget???

    • The idea is that the film may now be at a lower budget, due to a lesser-known like Kinnaman being cast as the lead.

      I changed that statement up a bit, so as to avoid confusing anyone else.

      • ok,but you still might confuse people who are excited about this film.just like you did with spiderman when it was originaly announced and you all said it will be lower-budget-and as we all saw-its not.
        80 mill budget was reported by deadline and it was a starter budget which means it can only get higher especially now that sony signed on.
        i would call something like this new dredd movie lower budget(40-45 mill)
        but robocop will be much bigger…

        • Well, if the official RoboCop budget turns out to be $80 million (or more) then we’ll aim to address why that’s somewhat surprising in a future post.

          As for the Spider-Man thing: as far as I can tell, we only ever referred to Amazing Spider-Man’s $80 million budget as “lower” in comparison to the cost of the previous Spider-Man films, especially Spider-Man 3 (which cost an estimated $258 million to produce).

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  2. I’ve never heard of any of these people except for the amc series The Killing which i haven’t viewed but now i’ll be sure to check it out b\c of the curiousity of the actor,who knows! i may even like the show.I just hope our favorite cop cyborg get the justice it deserves.

  3. I really don’t see how the original can be improved upon. The only area I can think of is maybe the stop animation of ED209 in the original but even that is still OK….If it aint broke….

  4. I am not amazed that the Robocop reboot is being distributed by Sony because the studio already remade the Spiderman movie series with The Amazing Spiderman.

    I just hope Sony makes a dark and gritty Spiderman movie because that’s the reason why the Sam Raimi spiderman movie series was remaked and if Amazing Spiderman doesn’t turn out to be that then why Sony remake Spiderman besides Spiderman 3, the studio should had contuine the series with Spiderman 4 and have Tobey return in some kind of agreement and have a director.

    Besides, I wish all the best to Joel Kinnman that he does some justice to the role of Robocop.

    Conan The Barbiran (2011) was the worst remake ever in my opnion.

    • dude, wtf did you just say, you make no sense what so ever

      • You don’t know how to read. *gives glasses* use it, bruh.

  5. Most remakes in recent years have been painful. Basically studios trying to bank on past hit movies with minimal effort in actually making a good movie. Will try not to have high expectations.

  6. I really hope that they don’t waste an entire movie to retell the origin. It should just be another chapter in the canon like the Bond films. It should hit the ground running like Predators did. Yeah…I’d buy that for a dollar!!

  7. Padihla’s Elite Squad flicks were great, and I think he’s an interesting fit. He’s demonstrated that he’s capable of doing action as well as working with some pretty heady concepts and ideas. While I’m not setting my sights too high for this yet, there seems to be a promising nucleus coming together. I would be disappointed if the remake were a straight-up action flick and didn’t retain some of the satire that made the original what it is. The fact he’s considering the existential implications lets me know he’s at least headed in the right direction.

  8. im really not sure what to think about a remake. The old movies were brilliant. From the concept art ive seen (not sure if it is fan based or not) it shows robocop doing more hand to hand combat, which I think would ruin it to a degree. but I hope they don’t completely reboot it with a different storyline, whole different look to him because I for one probably wont watch it. i’m a huge fan of the old movies and the television series and they need to stick to some concepts of the old movies to make a success out of it, at least people are going back to what they know about Alex Murphy who starts to show even more through all the robot layers. they need to get the right actors to pull it off, the right director who’s quite experienced and knows how to make this worth watching and actually visualise it as he is going along, this is a SCI-FI ACTION movie after all. he has a mind like a human, and he’s smart, thats what makes Robocop what he is. thats my opinion anyway, sorry if no one understood that.

  9. Robocop was too good a movie to remake, why not come up with something new if you have 80 million dollars to dot it with, I think I’ll stick to indies this summer, the indie sci-fi flick CYBORNETICS is what I will donate my hard earned dollars to this summer, a little innovation on the platter, its been a long while…www.cyborneticsthemovie.com