Joel Kinnaman Spills Details on ROBOCOP Reboot

     March 26, 2012


If you wanted your half-human, half-robot super-cop to be more grounded in reality, well you’re in luck! Star Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) has teased some information about the RoboCop reboot directed by Jose Padilha (Elite Squad). Fans of the 1987 original by Paul Verhoeven will remember that Peter Weller starred as the titular hero, a cop revived with the use of state-of-the-art robotics and weaponry after a brutal murder at the hands of some ruthless criminals. The only thing you could see of Weller himself was a narrow band across his lower jaw. That won’t be the case in the reboot, says Kinnaman; we’ll even get to see RoboCop’s eyes! I wonder if this will be more or less reactive than the backlash to Michael Bay’s approach to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Hit the jump to see what Kinnaman had to say.

joel-kinnaman-imageIn an interview with MTV News for the second season of AMC’s The Killing, Kinnaman first talked about his reaction to working with Padilha on the reboot:

“I’m super stoked. Especially with this director. José Padilha is a badass. He’s the real deal.”

Regarding the reality-based technology for the new RoboCop, Kinnaman revealed that Padilha’s father’s career as a scientist had influenced him:

“There’s a lot of neuroscience now raising the question, ‘Is all the intelligence in the human body in the brain?’ and they’re finding out that, no, it’s not like that. The body has intelligence itself, and we’re much more of an organic creature in that way. It’s not a control tower that does everything.”

So far, so good I guess. But what about the differences between the original and the re-imagined versions? Kinnaman addressed that as well:

RoboCop is going to be a lot more human. The first movie is one of my favorite movies. I love it. Of course, Verhoeven has that very special tone, and it’s not going to have that tone. It’s a re-imagination of it. There’s a lot of stuff from the original. There are some details and throwbacks, but this version is a much better acting piece, for Alex Murphy and especially when he is RoboCop. It’s much more challenging.”

Now for the good stuff: details on the suit, as per Kinnaman: robocop

“It’s not going to be jaw action. They’re still working on the suit and how it’s going to look, but the visor is going to be see-through. You’re going to see his eyes.”

It will be interesting to see if Kinnaman uses this to his advantage to portray the remaining human half of his robot persona, as this was a big part of the arcs in the original films. Regarding the scene that leads to the death of Alex Murphy and the genesis of RoboCop, Kinnaman teased:

“Yeah. It’s going to be different. But it’s very good. I was looking to do a big movie and to show that I can carry a big movie, and I couldn’t be happier that this is going to be one of those big movies, a blockbuster, but that is also a real movie. A movie-movie.”

And just for good measure:

“It’s going to have a political satire to it too.”

Be sure to check out our own interview with Kinnaman regarding RoboCop, in which he talks about the importance of the reboot’s rating.


  • Mr. J

    well, i think that the deal with the eyes is that they convey emotions. Paul Verhoeven knew this and that’s why at first robocop had this opaque visor, to remove all emotions from the character’s appearance and gradually, as murphy takes over his machine half, we can see his eyes (first, when his face plate gets damaged and one of his eyes is visible, later when he totally removes it.) Eyes visible or not, i can´t wait to watch this movie the minute it comes out.

  • pooper

    So… having the clear visor, gives him the freedom to act lifeless and mechanical like the character needs? Surely, by very definition, this would be much more effectively conveyed if his eyes were covered

  • sense 11

    cant wait

  • Singularity

    Sounds good, but does Hollywood even know what political satire is anymore?

  • Mark

    Ahhhhhhhhh ha ha ha ha ha. He’s going to be more human? Way to miss the point. The entire film is about him rediscovering his humanity after becoming a machine!

    So if he is already more human, then what? It’s just going to be a 90 minute action film trading off the Robocop brand?

    • WEV

      yep agreed. sounds hopeless really, why even bother. Cant they just come up with a different name for it why brand it with Robocop, that film was class, this wont be. fail

  • LEM

    They would have been better of doing a Deus Ex:Human Revolution movie which is very similar to Robocop but with a much more engaging story.

    • james

      That’s actually a fantastic idea. The game was good, but turning it into a movie? That could be amazing. Just thinking about the possibility is exciting.

  • Juan Draper

    I remember the Paul Verhoeven version… Not the Peter Verhoeven version. *sigh*

    • Brad

      I know, right? Innocent mistake, but its one that should be corrected.

      • Dave Trumbore

        And it has been. Thanks, gents!

  • Northern Star

    Why tamper with a classic, is my overriding question regarding a ‘RoboCop’ remake, the original is a masterpiece, the only reason it’s being remade is MGM can’t be bothered to come up with some new and original property, period! If Jose Padhilla wants to make an R-rated, futuristic cop movie with socio-political satire, it’s a pity he wasn’t the one chosen for the upcoming new Judge Dredd movie, ‘Dredd’, he probably would’ve knocked THAT out of the park…

  • Lance

    Ugh. The earlier commenters have it right – having Robo in the visor emphasizes he’s a machine. Only when Murphy took back control did we see his face and that was the right choice.

    Giving him a clear visor is unecessary at best and a sign of bad things to come at worst. I can see an indulgent, self-important director wanting to make Robo a haunted figure from start to finish, an Emo trapped in the machine.

    Perhaps when he shoots bad guys we’ll get a closeup on the visor that lets us see a single tear trailing down his cheek…

  • Alex Murphy

    Dead or alive, you’re coming with me!

  • Jack

    I’ll buy that for a dollar

  • Eddie

    as long as it has an “Are” rating to it.

  • Eddie

    Damn check.

  • Guy

    See through visor flop,flop,flop and flop some more ,and the Turtles are gona be Aliens.You know what Rip RoboCop and TMNT, we already lost Conan so why stop now makes me sick.

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  • Midnight Max

    “…we’ll even get to see RoboCop’s eyes!”- Not good. Someone’s missing the point. The excellent suit (and accompanying helmet) design coupled with the bloody, ultra-violent approach really sold the 1987 film. This remake is sounding more like a gutless, half-hearted quickie that’s simply exploiting a “brand name”.