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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

robocopSFX Magazine has an issue about to hit stands that features the men behind the upcoming reboot of RoboCop. In a big spread that centers on director José Padilha’s (Elite Squad) remake of the Paul Verhoeven classic, they open up about the scope of the project. For one thing, those that feared that the remake would lose the original’s lofty, big ideas and just be a mindless action flick, be prepared to think again. The film will be “a critique of the automation of violence and fascism. The dehumanizing of law enforcement, of soldiers, as well as a comment about corporations and surveillance, CCTV and drones,” according to the SFX piece.

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Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) also has some interesting things to say, including his initial reluctance to be involved with the project:

“When I first heard there was gonna be a RoboCop remake, I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll see that somewhere down the line. But it’s nothing I’m interested in pursuing myself.’ Then when I heard it was José Padilha that was gonna direct it, I became very interested. José has fought very hard and succeeded in making something that has a point of view, and a political and philosophical perspective.

It’s a great responsibility. Especially in a world where there’s a lot of remakes being made for cynical economic reasons. But having José as a director washed away those fears. The biggest respect you can pay to the original is to acknowledge it as a very intelligent movie, and try to make something intelligent to follow it up with, and not just replay old catchphrases. We kept one or two as a wink to the fans, but we did not try to remake the movie.”

The issue comes out tomorrow, if you’re interested in what else they have to say, and to get a better glimpse of what to expect.

SOURCE: SFX Magazine

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.