The return of “RoboCop” is imminent. The half-human/half-robot was last seen on the big screen in 1993’s “RoboCop 3.” A whole new generation will experience the mechanical crimefighter in 2014 though, with a remake headed to theaters.
Fans at Comic-Con will be among the first to see footage during a cast and crew panel, but before that, stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton and the movie’s director spoke to the press.
Kinnaman, who plays RoboCop in the movie, says he watched the original thirty times long before landing the role. He even claims to have perfected his RoboCop walk as a kid. It wasn’t all a dream come true, though. The actor agrees with director Jose Padilha that wearing the suit of armor was brutally hot. “Bulls****, the suit is air-cooled. I’ve seen it. I was the pioneer of bad suits,” Keaton chimes in, referencing “Batman.”
Padilha says the current global conversation about drone warfare has its place in the movie, along with the future of robotics and who is held accountable for their actions, once technology advances to a point where they can govern themselves. “There’s gun fights in it too,” he jokingly adds.
Kinnaman says that where the original movie didn’t shed a lot of light on the life of Alex Murphy, the man who became RoboCop, the remake delves into his family life and background, so the audience gets to know him as a person. Additionally, Murphy will reconnect with his family after becoming RoboCop, something that hasn’t been explored before.
According to Cornish, this was the easiest movie shes ever worked on.”It was a dream gig,” she says, adding that she was a huge fan of the franchise as a child. “My brother and I wore the tape out.” Still, Kinnaman reassures everyone that this movie isn’t just a rehash of what’s been done before. That means some of the favorite lines fans may be expecting won’t be making an appearance. He specifically mentions that RoboCop will not utter his iconic line, “Your move, creep.”
“RoboCop” doesn’t have a rating yet, but it was filmed with an eye toward getting a PG-13. Padilha cites “The Dark Knight” as proof that you don’t need to be rated R to tell an intense story and explains that they want the biggest possible audience to see it. Regardless of the rating, Keaton assures everyone the movie will be fun, and notes how impressed he is with the advances in technology since his turns as Batman and Beetlejuice. “How dope would [‘Beetlejuice’] be with the new technology, though,” Jackson asks, “I say we remake it!”
“RoboCop” will be in theaters February 7, 2014.