I know we've talked about the Robocop reboot on the forum before, but I can't find a thread, so fuck it.
The facts are these: Jose Padilha was tapped to helm a reboot of the RoboCop franchise, based largely on the success of his The Elite Squad films in his native Brazil. The screenplay was written by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man), Nick Schenk (Gran Torino), and Joshua Zetumer (a newcomer). Darren Aronofsky did a great deal of pre-production on this reboot, but the project was stalled during the MGM bankruptcy boondoggle. At present, it appears that Padilha and crew have started completely from scratch.
The cast includes Gary Oldman as the creator of Robocop, Samuel L. Jackson as a media mogul, Hugh Laurie as the CEO of Omnicorp, and Abbie Cornish to play Alex Murphy's wife. Alex Murphy himself will be played by Joel Kinnaman, an actor virtually unknown in the States.
In interviews, Padilha has stated his interest in creating an allegory for corporate control. He talks about Robocop in terms of a human who gets turned into a soulless corporate pawn. The film is set for release in August of next year.
In spite of many hoping that the project would fall apart, this viral site
recently surfaced. The film hasn't even started production yet, and we've already gotten our first look at ED-209, a new aerial drone, and whatever viral shenanigans the studio has prepared in the coming months.
For my part, I think that the new ED-209 looks way too cluttered. Much like the "Bayformers," there are too many exposed parts that look distracting and would be functionally absurd. It's a far cry from the relatively clean and simplistic look of the original ED-209.
I'd also add that the viral site includes a picture of what appears to be the new Robocop's shoulder. I confess that for whatever reason, this
was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the picture. The difference, of course, is that Robocop's eyes will reportedly be visible in this redesign. That's sure to piss off a bunch of fans, no doubt.
Did I miss anything?