In an interview with Coming Soon, new RoboCop director Jose Padilha speaks to what ground his take on the American action classic will cover. Though many find the idea of remaking RoboCop borderline sacrilege, in the interview, he shares that he is tackling an aspect that many fans might not have a problem with. At least, I don’t.
Rather than follow Murphy as RoboCop after the whole OCP debacle, or run this installment off in some parallel universe, Padilha has said that the film will focus on a very particular area that the first film glossed over:
In the first RoboCop when Alex Murphy is shot, gunned down, then you see some hospitals and stuff and then you cut to him as RoboCop. My movie is between those two cuts. How do you make RoboCop? How do you slowly bring a guy to be a robot? How do you actually take humanity out of someone and how do you program a brain, so to speak, and how does that affect an individual?”
Well, well. I’m not pissed off about the RoboCop movie any more. This sounds like a pretty interesting take that doesn’t try to compete with the beloved original. However, it does beg one question: where’s the action?
Can there exist a RoboCop movie without ultraviolence? I think that if anyone can do it, Padilha can. Keep this iteration in some weird existential and scientific realm so that we almost forget that it’s related to the original. I like this approach a lot.
Well done, Jose Padilha. I no longer hate you for remaking RoboCop.