Since we first heard Sony was going to remake the classic 1987 sci-fi/action movie RoboCop, reactions from fans have been mixed. RoboCop is a near perfect movie, so why remake it at all? As production on the film started, photo and video leaks emerged on the Internet that showcased a new version of RoboCop that many fans weren’t happy with. But could all the naysayers be wrong?
In an interview with VH1, Australian actor Abbie Cornish spoke candidly about the upcoming RoboCop remake. She called the movie “massively kick-ass” and said,
“I actually have a voicemail message from José Padilha, the director,” Cornish said. “He says in the message, ‘I don’t think we’ve got a great movie. I think we’ve got a classic.'”
A classic? The movie doesn’t come out for another year, so it’s probably a bit premature to be throwing the word “classic” around. Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original film is a classic, which is why the remake seems pointless in the first place.
The film may turn out to be better than expected considering the director involved. José Padilha is a fantastic director from Brazil with very strong movies, including Elite Squad and its sequel Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, under his belt. RoboCop is Padilha’s first English-language film, but from reports about the production being “hell” and middling reviews of early script leaks, it certainly doesn’t sound a classic in the making.
RoboCop will feature Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Abbie Cornish as Ellen Murphy. It opens in theaters everywhere on February 7, 2014. You can watch the full interview with Abbie Cornish’s below.