RoboCop Reboot: First Look

Posted by Grey Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The "Future of Law Enforcement" is upon us. Again. The Daily Zombies takes a first look at the upcoming reboot of the 1987 sci-fi classic, RoboCop.

First and foremost, a little cautionary tale to kick off this seemingly hopeful article.

Two years ago, The Daily Zombies featured an article on a redesign of RoboCop conjured by artist Jason Hazelroth, who occasionally provide concept art on a freelance basis. The response was phenomenal. Therefore, for those who questioned RoboCop's staying power and relevance in this time and age, we can say that you can rest your case forming your very own opinions.

And along came a remake/reboot of the fan-favorite sci-fi film courtesy of Brazilian film-maker José Padilha, director of the critically acclaimed Brazilian film, The Elite Squad and its even more acclaimed sequel The Elite Squad 2 - The Enemy Within. Set to be released some time in 2013, Joel Kinnaman (of The Killing fame) will be taking on the eponymous role of RoboCop, AKA Alex Murphy, the tortured half man, half machine. With the film bringing on its presence at San Diego Comic-Con International, an official synopsis of the remake/reboot was provided of late:

Los Angeles, CA (July 11, 2012) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) today announced that Studio Canal has acquired rights to RoboCop, MGM and Sony’s reboot of the 1987 sci-fi action classic, in the UK, France and Germany. Studio Canal will release director José Padilha’s RoboCop theatrically and across platforms including video, VOD and television, with certain limited exceptions. The announcement was made by Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officers of MGM, and Olivier Courson, Chairman and CEO of Studio Canal.

“MGM is thrilled to be bringing RoboCop back to the big screen,” said Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officers of MGM. “Studio Canal is the ideal partner to help us share the reimagined, action-packed classic with audiences in the UK, France and Germany.”

“Studio Canal is extremely happy to be partnering with MGM on RoboCop. We have been admirers of the director José Padilha since we first saw and distributed the award winning Elite Squad in the United Kingdom. As film fans, we cannot wait to see his vision of this new RoboCop with such an incredible cast including Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, and Samuel Jackson and with producers like Marc Abraham and Eric Newman,” said Olivier Courson, Chairman and CEO of Studio Canal.

In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

Director José Padilha (Elite Squad) reimagines the tale of part man, part machine, all cop starring Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) as the title character, Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) as the scientist who creates RoboCop, and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) as media mogul Pat Novak. RoboCop is being produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Eric Carraro as Executive Producer. The film is currently in pre-production and slated for a summer 2013 release.

Studio Canal will release RoboCop theatrically in the UK, France and Germany in 2013. Studio Canal acquired the rights to the film for 20 years.

Replacing the old Omni Consumer Products in the 1987 classic film would be the OmniCorp, of which saw its viral site released online last week. Hit the jump to check out the video clip of the upcoming questionable products from the company.

And here are images for the new product line featuring XT-908 Ariel Vehicle, ED-209 and RC-2000 — "When Human Resources Meet Robotic Engineering." Are we having our first glimpse at RC, an acronym for RoboCop?

Head over to the viral site of OmniCorp for more details from the remake/reboot of which we strongly believe will be unveiled in time.


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