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The RoboCop reboot is actually happening!

By Wash

 If there’s one 80s reboot I’m most excited about it’s RoboCop.

The movie scared the bejeezuz out of me back in 1987 when it was released, but despite the horror of watching a cop’s arm being blown off with a shotgun, and the ED-209 robot laying waste to a boardroom of old men in grey suits, I still loved the film.

And now, a reboot is on the way, due to hit in August 2013.

The first taste of the RoboCop reboot came earlier this week when the first of, what I’m sure will be, many viral videos made it out onto the Internet in the form of a company advert from Omni Corp, the updated version of Omni Consumer Products from the 1980s movie and TV show franchise:

It’s not terribly original, seeing as though there was an entire viral “company advert” campaign for the launch of Prometheus, which included job applications for explorers, a TED talk by Weyland himself and commercials for helper droids.

Either way, this little clip allows us to catch a small glimpse of the new ED-209, and some very short shots of RoboCop’s new armour.  He’s been code-name RC-2000.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly hope that the producers of the movie keep it as dark and gritty as the 1987 original.  I hope it’s R-rated and I hope they don’t spare any expanse in making sure that it shocks people as much as it did back in the day.

There’s not much online about the cast or story.  But with names like Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman linked to the project, it can’t be all bad.  Even the lesser-known Joel Kinnaman, who has been cast as Alex Murphy (RoboCop), shows promise with productions like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Safe House and the TV series The Killing on his CV.

I just hope they don’t mess too much with RoboCop’s costume and that we get to see at least one or two nods to the original movie.  It’s nice to update, but as we saw with the Total Recall reboot, you can update too much.

The upside is that ED-209 looks BADASS.  And what I found when I did a Google image search for “RoboCop 2013” wasn’t all that bad, even if it is all speculation.

Either way, it’s a project I’ll be keeping a close eye on.

Check out www.omnicorp.com for a cool little website that I’m sure will grow as we get closer to the launch of the movie.



 

Wash

Wash is our resident uber-geek. He sleeps on a pile of comics, speaks fluent Klingon and spends his weekends unleashing all manner of Hell on the battlefields of his PC. If it’s related to gaming, comics, sci-fi or any other form of geekitude… chances are Wash has his sticky paws all over it.

 

 

 

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One thought on “The RoboCop reboot is actually happening!

  1. The carnage of “Robocop” frightened me as a kid. The idea of a privatized police force frightens me as an adult. The Directive 4 scene tells us all we need to know about corporations getting involved with law enforcement.

    Peter Weller’s performance was amazing. The range of emotions he could display with half his face obscured and his body under so much thick armor blew my mind. The scene where he walks through his old house is heartwrenching.

    I hope they reboot it dark and gritty as well, but I really hope the social commentary remains intact.

    Speaking of movies about people who get “upgraded” against their will, have you seen the trailer for “The Prototype”?

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