“Somewhere, there is a crime happening”
That snarky little dig at the upcoming high-profile remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult classic RoboCop kicks off the teaser video above for a project called, simply, Our RoboCop Remake. Not that RoboCop remake. Not the one with the dude from The Killing and the visor that won’t slip flip-flopping up and down and up and down and up and down. No, Our RoboCop Remake doesn’t need drones and black tactical armor and Michael Keaton. It just needs a brain trust of devout RoboCop fans and filmmakers on a mission to chop up Verhoeven’s film and have those pieces remade by a bunch of different people in a bunch of different ways.
Ten Alex Murphys! Thirty RoboCops! Cartoonish violence! I mean yeah, the original already had plenty of that, but I mean with actual cartoons. Los Angeles’ monthly non-profit film festival Channel 101 organized the scene-for-scene retelling of the tragic tale of good cop turned blown-away cop turned RoboCop, and so far has screenings scheduled in LA, New York, Toronto, friggin’ Latvia, and Beaumont, Texas. Can that be right? (Checks papers.) Huh.
If you’re not in any of those places, I’m sure Our RoboCop Movie will be available for sale or rental at some point down the line. I have no idea what the eventual price point will be, but I would like to point out that I would buy that for a dollar. Hell, I’d buy a copy simply for making me laugh at the slogan, “If anyone’s going to ruin RoboCop, it’s us.”
If all that has got you craving more homebrewed RoboCop silliness, how about watching the new RoboCop remake trailer, but where everydamnthing is made out of carboard?
Can I just say that that is some very nice use of forced perspective around the 0:27 mark? Seriously, we watch a lot of silly internet videos here at GFR, and that’s one of the few times I felt the need to high five the filmmakers. Nice work, Cinefix.
You can check out a side-by-side comparison between the cardboard RoboCop and the remake trailer they’re skewering below. Maybe America wouldn’t be so robo-phobic if all the robos looked like something you could put together in arts and crafts class. (Plus a making-of video, because why the hell not?)