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As you've probably heard, Paul Verhoeven's 'Robocop' is getting a 21st century facelift. MGM and Sony are putting together a remake of the 1987 sci-fi cult classic, which will star Joel Kinnaman ('The Killing') and be directed by Brazil's Jose Padilha ('Elite Squad: The Enemy Within'). The production recently added some firepower to its cast when it was announced that Gary Oldman ('The Dark Knight') would be coming aboard. As if that weren't geek cred enough, now the 'Robocop' remake has landed none other than Samuel L. Jackson. Nick FuryJackson will be playing media mogul Pat Novak who is a formidable presence in the world of the film. The new 'Robocop' is looking to begin shooting in September in Toronto and will hopefully be out by next summer.
As much as we tend to get up in arms about remakes, I gotta say this one is looking more and more promising. I like Padilha as a director, I like the conceptual direction in which he wants to take 'Robocop,' and the addition of Oldman and Jackson (which incidentally sounds like the greatest and most badass law firm in the world) only furthers my optimism. I don't remember a Pat Novak in Verhoeven's 'Robocop.' Obviously, the remake doesn't have to, nor really should it, be a paint-by-numbers, shot-for-shot recreation of the original film, but it does raise some interesting questions as to how the character may fit into the plot. Verhoeven's film did use the media as the chief delivery system for his signature brand of satire. He deconstructed much of the decade in those cutaways and fake commercials, and it'll be interesting to see how Padilha utilizes the media in this day and age. One thing I think we can all agree on is that Sam L. is probably not going to be the "I'll buy that for a dollar" guy.
What do you guys think? Are you excited Jackson is on board? What are your thoughts on the remake in general?