In about three months, the new RoboCop remake will hit theaters across this beautiful country. With the glut of remakes coming out of Hollywood these days, the likelihood that RoboCop will be better than the original is very, very slim. But there’s a good chance that the new movie might be as good (or at least different) than Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 classic science fiction film. Sony released new character portraits that tease the release of RoboCop’s new trailer, which will be released in three days.
It also seems like it’s a trend in Hollywood to release teasers for movie teasers and trailers. Nevertheless, we get a good look at a few characters that aren’t heavily featured in RoboCop’s first trailer. Gary Oldman will play Dr. Dennett Norton, the scientist who created RoboCop. The character was not featured in the original, so it seems that Dr. Norton might play a “father figure-type” as RoboCop’s creator.
Samuel L. Jackson plays Pat Novak, host of The Novak Element. It’s unclear what exactly is The Novak Element, but it appears it might be a TV show that would replace the TV commercial act-breaks in the 1987 version of RoboCop. Pat Novak is also a prominent supporter of mechanized crime control, so he could possibly emerge as the film’s villain.
We also get a better look at Jackie Earle Haley, who will play Maddax, the military tactician responsible for training RoboCop. Perhaps RoboCop will be more man than machine in this version because why would a robot need a trainer. You just need to program a robot to run tasks and operations. Jennifer Ehle plays Liz Kline, the head of OmniCorp legal affairs. Maybe José Padilha’s RoboCop will feature the legal implications of turning a man into a robot.
RoboCop takes place in 2028. A multinational conglomerate called OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology with drones that are winning wars around the world. The corporation now wants to bring their technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father, and an honest cop in Detroit and after he is critically injured by a car bomb, OmniCorp utilizes their robotics technology to save Murphy’s life. Murphy is reborn as RoboCop.
Despite negative reactions to RoboCop’s first trailer, there are some surprisingly good early reviews of the film. Early test screenings suggest that Padilha has captured Verhoeven’s vision for a dark and bleak future, but with an updated version and with a PG-13 sensibility. Maybe the new RoboCop will be better than what is expected. Padilha is a really good director with fantastic action films like Elite Squad and its sequel Elite Squad: The Enemy Within under his belt. He knows how to put together a well paced and action heavy movie, so there’s no real reason why RoboCop might be a bad movie. We’ll certainly see when the remake is released this February.
RoboCop stars Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Michael Kenneth Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Miguel Ferrer (who was in the original, but not playing the same character in the remake), and Jay Baruchel. The sci-fi remake will hit theaters everywhere on February 12, 2014, in 3D and IMAX.