Director Jose Padilha Talks ROBOCOP Remake, Making it Feel Real, the PG-13 Rating, the First Trailer, Creative Freedom, and More at Comic-Con

     July 24, 2013

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Shortly after presenting the first footage from the Robocop remake at Comic-Con (here’s our recap), I landed an exclusive video interview with director Jose Padilha.  We talked about how he was able to cast Michael Keaton, making a futuristic movie feel real, the PG-13 rating, the editing process, when the first trailer will be released, how the film changed during production, the amount of creative freedom he had compared to working in Brazil, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Robocop stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel and Jackie Earle HaleyRoboCop opens February 7th, 2014.

robocop-remakeJose Padilha:

  • Michael Keaton liked the script, so it was easy enough to get him into the movie.
  • 0:40 – Compares the creative freedom working in Brazil to working in the studio system in America.
  • 2:00 – Movies constantly evolve throughout production, but he feels he made the movie he set out to make.
  • 4:30 – Says it’s impossible to make a futuristic movie “real.”  For instance, no futuristic movies in the 80s had the internet.
  • 6:35 – Explains RoboCop‘s expected PG-13 rating.  Padilha is fine with PG-13, and the studio would prefer it.
  • 8:50 – He’s still cutting the movie, they haven’t shown it to an audience.  The first cut is 2:20.
  • 10:15 – “I’d buy that for a dollar” made it into the script.
  • 11:00 – Talk about RoboCop and the state of Brazil.
  • 12:00 – The first trailer will be attached to Elysium.
  • 12:30 – He was focused on shooting the movie, and so didn’t worry too much about leaked set photos/video.

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