Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha is working on rebooting Robocop. We’ve been calling it a reboot because, well, no one is entirely sure what form this new Robocop movie will take. Is it a remake? A sequel? A prequel? We still don’t know but he has offered a few more details on what his vision for the new film will be.
Here’s how Padilha explains what he’s up to:
I can tell you this: In the first ‘RoboCop’ when Alex Murphy is shot, gunned down, then you see some hospitals and stuff and then you cut to him as RoboCop. My movie is between those two cuts. How do you make RoboCop? How do you slowly bring a guy to be a robot? How do you actually take humanity out of someone and how do you program a brain, so to speak, and how does that affect an individual?
So the movie isn’t so much about Robocop stomping the streets as it is about the scientists who built him? That seems like a strange approach. Isn’t half the fun in these movies watching him take out bad guys? I suspect there has to be more to it than this, though the idea of a movie that takes place as part of established Robocop cannon is appealing, assuming that’s what he means here.
It really does seem like Jose is far more interested in social commentary than cool scenes in which Robocop takes on thugs though. Elaborating further on his view of the Robocop universe to Superhero Hype he says:
ven if there was no movie, the concept of ‘RoboCop’ is brilliant, first because it lends itself to a lot of social criticism, but also because it poses a question, ‘To when do you lose you humanity?’ The way it does that is by replacing body parts with machine parts, and that’s very smart because guess what? It’s going to happen!
Social commentary is something sci-fi has always been great at. As long as his movie manages to do that along with a little gunplay too, I think we’ll all be satisfied. Come quietly… or there will be trouble.