Now that Total Recall has come and gone, the next big controversial SF remake on the horizon is RoboCop. It isn’t set to arrive until next August, but it’s already been a roller coaster of rumors and speculation. Other than casting, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the direction the remake is taking. One big question just received a definitive answer, however. What will the new RoboCop look like? See for yourself:
These two new set photos popped up courtesy of Coming Soon. They show the film’s lead, actor Joel Kinnaman, rocking the newly designed RoboCop suit. It certainly looks…different. I realize why they want to differentiate their new cyborg from the iconic original look, but this design just seems sort of generic. It reminds me of many “battle armor” looks we’ve seen in movies before over the years. It’s certainly not a bad design, it just doesn’t have much that sets it apart, at least not in these photos. It’s also unclear which version of the suit this is, since it an earlier script report says that Murphy goes through several iterations over the course of the story.
One thing of note is that we can see Kinnaman/Murphy’s face and right hand. This suggests that they’re working from the same idea as the original movie, that some parts of Murphy’s body are salvageable after his brush with death. Whether those are the only “original parts” left remains to be seen.
RoboCop is set to release on August 9, 2013. You can see larger versions of the pics at Coming Soon, and you can 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.
UPDATE! Now the film’s first teaser poster has leaked online. See it here.