Last year's RoboCop reboot was met with mixed reaction by fans of the 1987 sci-fi action film that first launched the franchise (read our review). Some felt that the new release smartly updated the central themes of the original film, while others countered that it lacked the satirical edge and therefore missed the point entirely.
Regardless, director José Padilha's film - starring Joel Kinnaman as the title character - earned $242 million worldwide against a $100 million production budget. That's a solid figure that relied largely on overseas grosses to turn a profit, which might explain why talk of a potential sequel has stalled. Now, however, fans of the cybernetic cop have an entirely new interpretation to look forward to.
Machinima - the media streaming website and multi-channel - has announced its upcoming slate of projects. Among them is a new web series based on the Robocop property. Here's the description, courtesy of Machinima:
“Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.” OCP’s Security Concepts Division’s RoboCop program is back in an all-new, short-form limited web series, based on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s 1987 classic action film. RoboCop returns to Delta City where viewers ride along with the now standard-issue RoboCop officers as they respond to calls from dispatch. Tapping into current themes of the surveillance state, the series is shot from the first person point of view of the RoboCop officers’ heads up display, along with security cameras, dash-cams, and drones.
It's still unconfirmed whether the web series will be animated or live-action, but the idea of presenting the world of Robocop from a first-person perspective could be an innovative way to (yet again) refresh interest in the franchise. By the sound of it, the Machinima series will have no direct connection to either the original film or its reboot - but instead, will create its own version of the material.
Machinima has previously had success bringing aging action franchises like Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist to life. So it stands to reason that a Robocop project could similarly connect with fans. The fact that Machinima has a growing relationship with DC Entertainment should only bode well for boosting the amount of exposure its other projects will receive too.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on the upcoming RoboCop web series.