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Jose Padilha details his Robocop origin story

11.08.2011

ROBOCOP is another one of those classic franchises that should probably not be rebooted, prequelized or sequelized any further, but it was obvious Hollywood would revisit that idea sooner or later.

They’ve put Jose Padilha in charge of the project, and tasked him with giving a fresh new look at the story. He has previously stated that no, his version will not be a rehash of the original, and now for the first time he’s giving us some idea of what his new film will contain.

“‘RoboCop’ the first movie was fantastic,” he told us. “But even if there was no movie, the concept of ‘RoboCop’ is brilliant, first because it lends itself to a lot of social criticism, but also because it poses a question, ‘When do you lose you humanity?’ The way it does that is by replacing body parts with machine parts, and that’s very smart because guess what? It’s going to happen!” “I have my take on it,” he continued, “And I can tell you this: 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?”

You know, if we HAVE to make a ROBOCOP movie, I don’t think that’s a half bad concept. It sounds a lot more introspective than the original, and could be pretty cool if handled tactfully. The original is a balls-out shoot-em-up for the most part, and this description makes it sounds like that won’t be the case here.

But how exactly do you have a WHOLE movie about him being built into Robocop? Is it a process where he gets to wake up and try out his new gadgets? How will they fit action into that?

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Extra Tidbit: Which will be better, the new ROBOCOP or the new JUDGE DREDD?
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11:21PM on 11/09/2011

ROBOCOP:

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1:12PM on 11/09/2011
RoboCop Begins?
RoboCop Begins?
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8:24AM on 11/09/2011
I love the first two Robocop films - they're awesome, but they exist already: so fine if someone wants to try something else with the character. If it goes well we get a cool new franchise, if it goes badly it's a missed opportunity for something amazing, but we still have the originals. In that respect at least I'm keen to see what this new version will offer.
I love the first two Robocop films - they're awesome, but they exist already: so fine if someone wants to try something else with the character. If it goes well we get a cool new franchise, if it goes badly it's a missed opportunity for something amazing, but we still have the originals. In that respect at least I'm keen to see what this new version will offer.
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8:16AM on 11/09/2011
So it's a 'RoboCop' movie where the cop really isn't going to be doing a whole lot of policing of the streets? Why not just call it 'RoboGuyInABed' instead?
Next Up: A 'Starship Troopers' remake that focuses on the recruits learning how to be soldiers via textbooks. It will, of course, be retitled to 'Classroom Troopers'.
So it's a 'RoboCop' movie where the cop really isn't going to be doing a whole lot of policing of the streets? Why not just call it 'RoboGuyInABed' instead?
Next Up: A 'Starship Troopers' remake that focuses on the recruits learning how to be soldiers via textbooks. It will, of course, be retitled to 'Classroom Troopers'.
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2:56AM on 11/09/2011
Yeh, because I've always wanted to see what goes off while they build robo, rather than seeing him shoot the shit out of criminal bastards. *eyeroll*
Yeh, because I've always wanted to see what goes off while they build robo, rather than seeing him shoot the shit out of criminal bastards. *eyeroll*
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11:57PM on 11/08/2011
Robocop has always been a modern-day retelling of Frankenstein. To over-think it like this guy is doing is the wrong direction for the movie. Keep it simple. Save the introspective navel-gazing for the arthouse films.
Robocop has always been a modern-day retelling of Frankenstein. To over-think it like this guy is doing is the wrong direction for the movie. Keep it simple. Save the introspective navel-gazing for the arthouse films.
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8:53PM on 11/08/2011
This sounds EXACTLY like Machine Man, Max Barry's latest book.
This sounds EXACTLY like Machine Man, Max Barry's latest book.
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6:53PM on 11/08/2011
It better still take place here in Detroit.
It better still take place here in Detroit.
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6:26PM on 11/08/2011
He's drastically overintellectualizing a fun concept. Hopefully someone pulls his head out of his ass or this movie will only resemble the Robocop franchise in name.
He's drastically overintellectualizing a fun concept. Hopefully someone pulls his head out of his ass or this movie will only resemble the Robocop franchise in name.
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6:04PM on 11/08/2011
if the same power and sheer balls out-ed-ness that went into killing alex murphy in the old movie...goes into making robocop and his trials and tribulations as a man becoming machine...i think it could be cool.
if the same power and sheer balls out-ed-ness that went into killing alex murphy in the old movie...goes into making robocop and his trials and tribulations as a man becoming machine...i think it could be cool.
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4:45PM on 11/08/2011

I disagree with Captain Planet

I think some of the most interesting scenes from the original "RoboCop" were those dealing with his humanity. Obviously Verhoeven's flair for excessive action was a defining element of the movie, but the human scenes - like when he sees flashbacks of his family while going through his house - are what separated it from the sequels, which progressively lost both the satirical bite AND the humanity behind the mask.

I think an origins story that focuses more on the border between
I think some of the most interesting scenes from the original "RoboCop" were those dealing with his humanity. Obviously Verhoeven's flair for excessive action was a defining element of the movie, but the human scenes - like when he sees flashbacks of his family while going through his house - are what separated it from the sequels, which progressively lost both the satirical bite AND the humanity behind the mask.

I think an origins story that focuses more on the border between man-and-machine, losing humanity, etc. could be great. Let's face it: no one can do the excessive, violent satire like Verhoeven can, so why even attempt it?

I don't know about this Jose fella, but I was real interested back when Aronofsky was still attached. And I think Mickey Rourke would have been a great Murphy/RoboCop. This version will probably end up sucking, but Aronofsky's could have been a masterpiece.
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4:41PM on 11/08/2011
I don't imagine the entire movie will be about Robocop being built, but just that section of it will be expanded upon like Michael Myers backstory in the HalloweeN remake. You know, because that turned out so well.
I don't imagine the entire movie will be about Robocop being built, but just that section of it will be expanded upon like Michael Myers backstory in the HalloweeN remake. You know, because that turned out so well.
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5:37PM on 11/08/2011
The backstory of Michael Myers was my favorite part of the Halloween remake. Tyler Mane looked fucking scary wearing the paper mache mask. After he got his mask it was too much of a rehash of the original.
The backstory of Michael Myers was my favorite part of the Halloween remake. Tyler Mane looked fucking scary wearing the paper mache mask. After he got his mask it was too much of a rehash of the original.
5:55PM on 11/08/2011
The backstory completely demystifyed the character taking away his power just like the STAR WARS prequels did to Darth Vader. Plus that kid was a horrible actor.
The backstory completely demystifyed the character taking away his power just like the STAR WARS prequels did to Darth Vader. Plus that kid was a horrible actor.
7:43PM on 11/08/2011
Yeah zombie's halloween destroyed everything Michael Myers is. He went from being pure evil with no reason to some whiny little bitch momma's boy who had a hard life growing up and turned out to be psycho because of it. Rob Zombie turning the greatest horror character into some deeply emotionally wounded white trash punk, who could have seen that coming?
Yeah zombie's halloween destroyed everything Michael Myers is. He went from being pure evil with no reason to some whiny little bitch momma's boy who had a hard life growing up and turned out to be psycho because of it. Rob Zombie turning the greatest horror character into some deeply emotionally wounded white trash punk, who could have seen that coming?
4:06PM on 11/08/2011
A big problem with reboots from what I notice is backstories I started noticing that it slows down reboots and your not enjoying what made the orginal enjoyable. Just have Murphy shot and cut to robocop killing I dont really need to know how he gets built.
A big problem with reboots from what I notice is backstories I started noticing that it slows down reboots and your not enjoying what made the orginal enjoyable. Just have Murphy shot and cut to robocop killing I dont really need to know how he gets built.
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3:18PM on 11/08/2011
ROBOCOP YEAR ONE: WE'RE STILL WORKING OUT THE KINKS
ROBOCOP YEAR ONE: WE'RE STILL WORKING OUT THE KINKS
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3:11PM on 11/08/2011
What the fuck? If want to see the Making of Robocop I'll watch the DVD special features.
Robocop is meant to be a cyber-punk shoot-em-up dripping with excess, not some think-piece about what defines humanity.
I mean, Cronenberg's Fly and Carpenter's Thing are such great movies, I can't rule out Jose will come up with something unique and mind-blowing, but I rather just see the original remastered and rereleased in cinemas, in 2D!
What the fuck? If want to see the Making of Robocop I'll watch the DVD special features.
Robocop is meant to be a cyber-punk shoot-em-up dripping with excess, not some think-piece about what defines humanity.
I mean, Cronenberg's Fly and Carpenter's Thing are such great movies, I can't rule out Jose will come up with something unique and mind-blowing, but I rather just see the original remastered and rereleased in cinemas, in 2D!
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3:10PM on 11/08/2011

Dredd will be better.

If only that nothing can beat the original Robocop.
If only that nothing can beat the original Robocop.
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3:06PM on 11/08/2011
Maybe the ONLY thing I'd look forward to is the re-modelling/imaging of the ED-209 robot. As much as i loved this movie, the stop-motion vfx was just too obvious even for 80s standards.
Maybe the ONLY thing I'd look forward to is the re-modelling/imaging of the ED-209 robot. As much as i loved this movie, the stop-motion vfx was just too obvious even for 80s standards.
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2:55PM on 11/08/2011
I'll remain optimistic on this. I hope it turns out as different to the original as it sounds here.

They could easily just make a sequel and not have to make an origin story. Take the character and pop him into some new story.
I'll remain optimistic on this. I hope it turns out as different to the original as it sounds here.

They could easily just make a sequel and not have to make an origin story. Take the character and pop him into some new story.
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4:40PM on 11/08/2011
Wow, crazy neg'ing going around.

I'm a huge fan of the original. A remake (or whatever) is unnecessary), but if they're serious about making a new flick, I agree, this "introspective" approach could produce a good movie.

If you're going to remake something. Have a different take on it.
Wow, crazy neg'ing going around.

I'm a huge fan of the original. A remake (or whatever) is unnecessary), but if they're serious about making a new flick, I agree, this "introspective" approach could produce a good movie.

If you're going to remake something. Have a different take on it.
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