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Official RoboCop Synopsis Reveals Modern War Allegory

The remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 classic RoboCop is coming to a theater near you in 2013. Brazilian director Jose Padilha is tasked to update the gritty crime film as MGM and Columbia released an official synopsis that sheds more light on what the remake has in store for modern audiences.

The production of RoboCop will start on September 15th, but tales of Padilha’s objections to working with the Hollywood movie studio has surfaced on the Internet. Recently, the director has taken back his words and now affirms he is happy to be making the remake to RoboCop. MGM and Columbia’s official synopsis gives more information about the modern war angle the new film will take. Read the official synopsis below:

In RoboCop, the year is 2028 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 (Joel Kinnaman) 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.


Recent criticisms of the script of RoboCop have surfaced from HitFix.com’s Drew McWeeny and Latino-Review.com’s Da7e. They both cite the silliness of the new film, its eye-rolling nods to the original RoboCop, and the idea that the new RoboCop has the capabilities to be a “transformer.” Hopefully, Padilha’s gritty sensibility will undercut any “cheeky monkey business” in the new RoboCop remake.

RoboCop will feature Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Kenneth Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. A new addition to the cast is Michael Keaton, replacing actor Hugh Laurie in the film, who will play the evil OmniCorp CEO Raymond Sellars.

RoboCop will open on August 9th 2013.

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