Samuel L. Jackson Joining ‘Robocop’ Remake

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Samuel Jackson Joining Robocop Cast Samuel L. Jackson Joining Robocop Remake

The upcoming MGM Robocop remake already gained a powerful asset with the recent addition of Gary Oldman to the cast. Now it seems star Samuel L. Jackson will bolster the supporting cast even further.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jackson is onboard to play Pat Novak, an influential television magnate. It’s unclear at this point whether Novak will function as an antagonist to the titular cyborg crime fighter or serve some other purpose, perhaps even as an ally.

One possibility is that Jackson’s character will fill the role of an amoral corporate bigwig, as Omni Consumer Products Vice President Richard “Dick” Jones (Ronny Cox) did in the original. If this new version stays relatively faithful to the spirit of the classic, an unscrupulous, monolithic corporation is a key component to the plot. Could Novak’s media empire factor into the story in the same way Omni Consumer Products did in the original?

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Ronny Cox as Dick Jones in 'Robocop' (1987)

The remake is expected to retain much of the social commentary of the original (only tailored for the 21st century audience), since issues such as corporate greed and urban decay are just as relevant today as in 1987 — if not more so. There’s even a strong possibility that Jackson’s character could represent a composite of various controversial media tycoons such as News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, not unlike the Bond villain from Tomorrow Never Dies.

Jackson has a lot on his plate at the moment, having just acted in Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated revenge western, Django Unchained, and no doubt planning to reprise his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury after the success of The Avengers.

Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha (The Elite Squad) is set to direct Robocop, while Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) will star as the murdered-policeman-turned-cyborg. Gary Oldman recently signed on for the role of Robocop’s creator.

Robocop is expected to hit theaters sometime summer 2013.

Source: THR

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  1. That’s interesting. I figured SLJ would have been a new Sergeant Reed.

    • LMAO Just replacing the other black guy. 😉

  2. Gary Oldman and Samuel Jackson? Wow. Never thought these two, particularly Oldman, would sign onto something like this, but I guess they are more likely to do so after their successful ventures into other comic book franchises, Batman and the Avengers. Also can’t believe neither of them, particularly Oldman, have won an Academy Award yet.

    • I was excited when I heard Oldman had signed on. Now… I’m significantly LESS excited that Sam Jackson is a part of the project. I just can’t take him seriously.

  3. excellant,quality cast

  4. it would be funny to see SLJ as Johnson


    lol love sammy j. keeping an open mind about this remake…

  6. I’m with SparksGeorge on this one. I’m so sick of Samuel L. Jackson I’d rather talk about almost anything else.

    • Hahaha….:-)

  7. I’ve had it, with these g***** robots taking our g***** jobs! 😀

  8. I can see it now. Samuel L. Jackson saying, “I’m tired of all these MF robots tearing up my MF town”!

    • ^ And that’s why we love Sam Jackson… 😀

  9. How about government greed, that seems to fit even better today. SLJ could play Obama… LOL!

    • That would be bad, like very bad! I do think he would be child abuse other people’s kid. Saying, “F#@k You! and Your Mama” to the the press.

  10. Can’t wait for a trailer! I wonder if they are shooting for a PG-13 rating to attract a bigger audience or if they will make it rated R like the original.

  11. Gary Oldman …enough said !

    • Only this time I hope ROBOCOP has his own ROBO vehicle instead of driving a police car

      • NOOOOOO. Keep him the cop car. if they put him in an actual “Robo-mobile” that would be too campy for the premise of a film that is about a machine that use to be a man. The sensibility of keeping him in the car is a way to have him still being somewhat “normal” of sorts. It sounds odd, but when you put him in a personalized car, then it becomes a superhero flick or somewhat of a larger than life character. That was one of the best things about the original. They kept Murphy human as possible, no matter how much of a machine he had become

  12. You could dig up Orson Welles and have him voice ED-210 and this project would never have credibility.

  13. Gary Oldman as Robocop’s creator, you mean those guys in the little snippets in the beginning of the original? or Miguel Ferrer’s character aka Lose the Arm guy?

    If it’s “lose the arm” guy then I would pay $100 to see Gary Oldman go out the same way…

    Oh and how is Sam Jackson gonne be as Felton Perry’s character…”Tastes like mother f-ing baby food”

    • I assume Oldman is playing this movie’s version of Bob Morton but the thing is, even if the entire cast so far turns out an excellent movie with amazing acting, NO ONE will ever replace Clarence Boddicker as a movie villain. It’s impossible.

  14. Excellent cast but horrible decision to remake this movie. As we all well know though, having talent doesn’t make the movie good (Star Wars:TFM anyone?)

  15. I must say, the inclusion of Oldman and Jackson have me at least somewhat interested in this.

  16. you down with OCP? yeah you know me

    • Aaron, you, my friend, are awesome.

  17. Uh no, he’s not known as “Nick Fury” to Avengers fans.

    There’s only one Nick Fury, and it sure as hell isn’t Samuel Jackson.

    I enjoy some of his work, but he’s still an over rated hack.

    Try not to ruin another franchise, Sam.

  18. I’m sure they’ll do what Hollywood always does nowadays. It’ll be a remake with some political undertone.