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Damnit. Robocop Remake Also Officially Too Awesome to Ignore

By Dustin Rowles | Film Reviews | June 13, 2012 | Comments ()


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Well, you thought you didn't want a remake of Robocop. I understand the sentiment. I must have watched the original two dozen times. It was the perfect 80's action film: It had resonating themes, uber-violence, and some gloriously cheesy one-liners that glued the whole thing together. For the better part of six months, I've been ignoring the Robocop remake headlines because I just didn't want to hear about it.

But that was before I knew Jose Padhilla was directing. Oh, you mean the Brazilian director behind the brilliantly super violent Elite Squad films? OK. OK. You're on the right track. What else you got?

Joel Kinnamon ("The Killing") as Robocop?

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Damn. Not who I'd have immediately thought of, but nice choice. I'm listening. Can you top that?

Gary Oldman as Norton?

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All right! Now you're speaking my language. I'm picking up what you're putting down. You got anything else?

Sam Jackson as Pat Novak?

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Sam Jackson? Well, he's in some good movies, and he's in some terrible ones. I'll call that a push. You're going to need someone better than that to completely sell me on a Robocop remake. Anything else up your sleeve?

Hugh Laurie as the evil CEO villain responsible for creating Robocop?

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Umm. Fuck. And Yes!

(Source: THR)




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  • Always wanted Laurie to play a villain (that Dalmation movie never happened). Back then I wanted him to play Joker.

  • I'd buy that for a dollar!!

  • DROP IT!

  • hapl0

    I remember being excited for the second Ghost Rider when they roped in the Crank directors not so long ago.

    Can't wait to see Gary Oldman and Hugh Laurie repeating their Book of Eli and Street Kings performance respectively.

    And Joel Kinnamon needs to lose the slut (Olivia 'Look at me! Look at me! LOOK. AT. ME.' Munn) first before we start talking.

  • Ender

    The slut-shaming of Olivia Munn is such bullshit. Look, she might not be very good at what she does, and she might engage in lots of exhibitionist sexuality but that doesn't justify constantly slamming her for being a sexual person.

    She doesn't deserve it, neither does any woman.

  • hapl0

    If it means a real host like Cat Schwartz or a real comedian like Samantha Bee gets screen time then it is justified.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Oh man, I've lost all respect for the man now. I'm sure he'll be concerned to hear that.

  • annie

    Hugh Laurie? Yes, thank you.

  • TheAggroCraig

    Who the hell is Pat Novak?

  • lowercase_ryan

    daaaaaamn, I have a huge man crush on Joel Kinnamon. here's my money

  • Fredo

    Hugh Laurie as the evil CEO villain responsible for creating Robocop?

    I thought Bob Morton (Norton in this one?) created Robocop while the evil CEO villain (appropriately named Dick) was the guy trying to push ED-209 and wanted Robocop out of the picture. In fact, I'm sure that's how it went since it was on yesterday and I watched it. Again.

    /I'd buy that for a dollar!

  • BobbFrapples

    Sold! So many acotrs with the potential to go from normal to batsh*it crazy in less than three seconds makes for a very fun Robocop reboot.

  • ,

    Oh.

    and

    My.

  • Mr_Zito

    José Padilha. Padilha. Padilha.

  • Ed

    Lowenstein. Lowenstein. Lowenstein.

  • Ed

    Isn't it "Padilha"?

  • Mariazinha

    Yes it is.

  • Joel Kinnamon (“The Killing”) as Robocop?

    He looks so tender that the first shotgun blast to take out Murphy will just leave a wet stain. There won't be enough left for OCP to cyborgize.

    I don't think that "Norton" and "Pat Novak" were characters from the original.

    On the other hand, it's about time for Hugh Laurie to play " the evil CEO villain " in any-damn-thing.

  • DeistBrawler

    To be fair Peter Weller wasn't exactly a giant. He was pretty gaunt.

  • Magiel

    AYE!

  • I'm on the Remake Everything bandwagon. Fuck it - why shouldn't different directors and actors and production folks get to try their hand at familiar source material? Just bring something worthwhile to it and I'll give it a chance. It's not like Hamlet is a worse play because it gets performed constantly by different companies. Does The Karate Kid seem like less of an awesome movie to you now because it got remade, or does the original just make you realize how shitty the new one is (full disclosure, haven't seen the new one, but just out of apathy, not any sense of someone raping my nostalgia or whatever)? In the case of action or spectacle movies, it's easier to make them look better now so I say go for it, and I say that with the full understanding that the vast majority of the time they will pale in comparison to the "feel" of the original. Well, fuck a feel I say, cause one of these days someone is going to nail it. Remake Everything.

  • space_oddity

    How did Jose Padilla get out of jail to direct Brazilian action movies?

    Oh. It's Jose Padhilla? Count me in then. I just watched Elite Squad last week. It's on Netflix Instant. Go watch it.

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