RoboCop returns

Director Jose Padilha has been talking about his eagerly-anticipated remake of RoboCop. The 80s action thriller was controversial at the time because of its violence and political subtext. Padilha wants to make his version thought-provoking and intriguing.

"I have my take on it," he told Hollywood Reporter. "And 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 programme a brain, so to speak, and how does that affect an individual?"

Padilha described the first RoboCop film as "fantastic", but wanted to impose his own vision on the basic idea rather than cover the same ground. "Even 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, 'When do you lose your humanity?'"

The issue fascinates Padilha. The Brazilian director tackled similar themes of repressive policing and moral compromises in his Elite Squad film, the work that established his reputation as a gifted director of action thrillers.

Padilha’s cast for RoboCop includes Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy, the New York cop who becomes RoboCop, Gary Oldman as the scientist creator, and Samual L Jackson as a media mogul.

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