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RoboCop Reboot: First Look at the Suit and the PD Cruiser

By Jay Stevens, Jr. | Trade News | September 17, 2012 | Comments ()


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This past weekend saw the start of the remake/reboot of RoboCop in the Greater Toronto Area. The movie is helmed by Brazilian director Jose Padilha and is expected to continue to shoot through October. The film was originally going to split up time between Toronto and Detroit, but after re-strategizing, the exteriors of "Detroit' will now be shot in nearby Hamilton, which has some similar looking settings. This Toronto-Hamilton sitting in for Detroit was also used for the 2005 film Four Brothers.

It should be noted that with the exception of a few establishing shots, Detroit has never really stood in for itself in the previous RoboCop installments either. The first feature was filmed in Dallas and Pittsburgh, the second in Houston and the third in Atlanta. Toronto has stood in for both the 1994 "RoboCop" television series and later the 2000 "RoboCop: Prime Directives" mini-series. Despite its recent revival as a filming location, the Motor City just cannot catch a break when it comes to its favorite cyborg.

Robocop set photos at Mineola School in Port Credit, ON via ComingSoon.net.

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Tweeted picture of a Detroit PD cruiser for RoboCop

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I'm torn looking at these pictures of the re-imaged RoboCop armor. On one hand when someone remakes a previous movie, you want the filmmakers to do something different to set it apart from the original, or else why bother to watch the new one at all? On the other hand, if they change it too much, they then risk losing whatever charm the first one had achieved. I have to say the original armor looked like heavy, metallic industrial robotics. Some good foley sound and Peter Weller's very robotic physical movements helped sell the illusion. It was pretty convincing that they had a modern day Frankenstein monster fused into cybernetics. I found the practical effects have aged rather well. At first sight. I'm just not feeling that here. It almost looks like a rejected version of a Borg suit from Star Trek with an added helmet left over from Equilibrium. In other words, it doesn't look particularly robotic. Now I know that's hardly a fair judgment thus far and it is by no means the final verdict, but I was hoping for something that didn't look like a guy in a black rubber costume.

The mostly exterior shoot in Hamilton is scheduled during the last week of September from the 24th to October 1st . For anyone in the area, 265 James Street North in the city already has set construction underway for a restaurant and the subsequent chase sequence afterward. More to show in the coming weeks.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • BiblioGlow

    Are we sure they aren't really making IronBatMan and RoboCop is just the code title to throw us all off the scent?

  • Uriah_Creep

    It looks like a suit my female Sheppard wore in Mass Effect. N7 forever!

  • hapl0

    Hahahahahahahaaha

  • hapl0

    Hi stalker! Miss you back.

  • Don Juan de Markup

    The opening helicopter shot of the original Robocop with the Ambassador bridge and Cobo Hall from over the Detroit River was the only real Detroit footage.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Ah, the first of many rip offs from the Nolan Batsuit we will see in the next few years. Gold star for doing it so fast, assholes!

  • Zuffle

    What's with the single man-hand? I thought we agreed on total body prosthesis?! Now lose the arm, okay? Also, yeah, it's shit. I honestly think Robocop is the best sci-fi/action/Peter Weller movie of its decade. I know it's considered ripe for a remake, being closer to the moon landings than today n'all, but I will absolutely not be giving this clusterwank my X bucks. Fucking balls, sir.

  • "Despite its recent revival as a filming location, the Motor City just
    cannot catch a break when it comes to its favorite cyborg." -- Michigan offered a big film tax credit for a few years, which corresponds with the recent boom. Conservatives have been trying to eliminate it, and the decline in number of films made in Michigan probably corresponds with their efforts.

  • Andy Allgood

    That looks like a Toyota Venza.... Ish. They couldn't even get Ford to lend them a couple new Taurus Interceptors? For me, the flat black Taurus' of the original are an iconic movie car. I remember thinking, what the hell would they be using a shitty Taurus for? They did look as cool as a Taurus can though. Then again, I'm wondering the same thing about the Venza, so maybe it'll work. Probably not.

  • BobbFrapples

    Hmmm...I'm intrigued. One could ride a unicorn very well with that kind of armor.

  • Vi

    Daft Punk called, they want their helmet back.

    Meh, looks batman-y to me.

  • Some Guy

    I don't get it...Is the kick ass, turbo-charged PD cruiser behind the bus and ball-less golf cart-with-a-roof looking things? Or do they really expect a larger than your average human cyborg to drive a hybrid?

    (I am aware that they used Taurus' in the original, and while they don't scream masculinity or speed at least it was a new design for 1987.)

    This just looks like shit. The suit looks like a reject from the first GI JOE movie. Or the new Batman armor. It's nothing we haven't seen a thousand times.

    What a waste. There are so many things that make the original a unique film, and from two pictures it looks as generic as the Total Recall remake. The original poster/VHS box picture for Robocop is going to be more exciting than this. Paul Verhoeven must be rolling in his grave.

  • SLW

    "Hamilton, which has some similar looking settings"

    Canada has its own post-apocalyptic wasteland? Our hat is growing up so fast!

  • MurderBot

    No. Nope. Just not feelin' it. They won't be re-catching that ol' lightning with this bottle!

  • Eve

    It looks like Iron Man's armor (only black), non? Just me? Ok.

  • yocean

    I was JUST going to say that!!

  • AudioSuede

    I! AM! MEH'D!

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