In two weeks, the RoboCop remake will make its way into theaters across the country. Many of us are preparing by watching Paul Verhoeven’s original. It’s going to be hard for fans to separate the two movies, but the filmmakers and producers knew what they were getting into, and expect the comparisons. While the 1987 original is dark, gritty, and grimy, the new version looks slick and glossy, with a certain shine that is somewhat appealing. To get you ready for the remake, Sony released a ton of new images from the film that features the title character in action, as well as the film’s ensemble cast.
The images above highlight the progression of the movie. Alex Murphy starts as a human, is reborn as a silver and gray RoboCop, and later morphs into a sleek metallic black version. Many of us expect the remake to take the story in a different direction, follow Alex Murphy as a family man, while his wife and son learn how to live and love a half robot/man. The images above also feature Murphy’s wife Clara (Abbie Cornish), who will play a larger part in the remake than the original.
Sony also released this new featurette that highlights the all-star cast. Michael Keaton plays Raymond Sellars, the CEO of OmniCorp, while Samuel L. Jackson plays Pat Novak, the host of a political talk show, supporter of mechanized crime control, and OmniCorp lackey. I still roll my eyes when Jackson’s character says, “Why are Americans so robophobic?” Jay Baruchel plays Tom Pope, the head of marketing for OmniCorp; Gary Oldman plays Dr. Dennett Norton, Chief Scientist Omni Foundation who creates RoboCop; and Jackie Earle Haley plays Rick Mattox, a military tactician responsible for training him.
Lastly, ScreenJunkie’s released an Honest Trailer for the original RoboCop, which actually just praises the film while bashing the new one. Mainly, the video highlights how bloody and violent Paul Verhoeven’s original is, and has a hard time accepting a PG-13 version of RoboCop. Verhoeven had to tone down the blood and gore in a re-edit, just to get the film’s rating down from an X to an R for its theatrical release. Luckily, the film is already excessively violent as a R-rated movie. Now in the digital age, the X-rated director’s cut can be experienced on home video.
Set in the year 2028, OmniCorp, a huge multinational conglomerate has become the worldwide leader of robotic and drone technology. The company is winning wars around the world and now the corporation now wants to bring the robotic technology to the home front, to protect cities across the United States. Enter Alex Murphy, a loving husband, father, and honest cop in Detroit who is critically injured after a car-bomb attack. OmniCorp utilizes their robotics technology to save his life and turn him into RoboCop.
RoboCop hits theaters everywhere on February 12, in 3D and IMAX.