'RoboCop' Viral Site and Images Propose a New Way to Fight Crime

RoboCop director Joe Padilha plays down reports of pre-production troubles

The Screen Rant team is currently at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 and they're not alone: Sony Pictures is bringing the remake of RoboCop to the event with director José Padilha and stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish and Samuel L. Jackson all showing up to answer questions about the movie. If you were unable to make it to SDCC this weekend, however, there's plenty kicking off online as well.

RoboCop's development and production was slightly rocky, kicking off with a scathing review of the leaked script that may have contributed to Padilha's later complaints that shooting the film was "hell" and that 9 out of every 10 ideas he came up with were killed off by the studio. With that in mind, it's important that Sony execute some strong PR in the run-up to RoboCop's release, in order to get public opinion of the film back where they'd like it to be.

The latest effort in this direction is a viral site for the security development branch of mega-corporation OmniCorp, designers of the ED-209 droid that caused problems for RoboCop in the original Paul Verhoeven film, and a closer look at some of the guns and tech of the RoboCop world. Check out some of the company's technology in the images below:


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Alex Murphy (played by Kinnaman) will be recruited into OmniCorps RC-2000 program, combining his human parts with machinery to become (you guessed it) RoboCop. The website promises that details about the man-meets-machine technology is "coming soon," so keep a close eye on the viral site for further material.

The design of the ED-209 looks a little different from the viral image of it that was released last year, but it nonetheless looks like an intimidating machine to go up against. The other tech looks cool as well, if a little basic, and there's something amusing about the way the site tries to sell a killer robot with guns fused to its hands as a kind of home help for elderly ladies.

At the end of the day, viral sites and teasers are all very well and interesting for fans of the RoboCop franchise, but it's difficult to judge how good the film is going to be until some actual footage gets released. Hopefully Sony won't keep us waiting too much longer.


RoboCop is expected to hit theaters February 7th, 2014.

Source: OmniCorp

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