ROBOCOP Synopsis Gives New Plot Details

     July 13, 2012


We knew that RoboCop was getting a hard reset with the upcoming reboot starring Joel Kinnaman, but thanks to a new press release, we now have some details about the plot itself.  The original 1987 Paul Verhoeven picture starred Peter Weller as a cybernetically-enhanced super-cop who dealt swift justice in Detroit.  The new version keeps the same city and the same nucleus of the story, but introduces new elements.  From director Jose Padilha, RoboCop, also starring Gary Oldman, Hugh Laurie, Abbie Cornish and Samuel L. Jackson, opens August 9th, 2013.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

Check out the full press release below, with the synopsis in bold:

peter-weller-robocopLos Angeles, CA (July 11, 2012) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) today announced that Studio Canal has acquired rights to RoboCop, MGM and Sony’s reboot of the 1987 sci-fi action classic, in the UK, France and Germany. Studio Canal will release director José Padilha’s RoboCop theatrically and across platforms including video, VOD and television, with certain limited exceptions. The announcement was made by Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officers of MGM, and Olivier Courson, Chairman and CEO of Studio Canal.

“MGM is thrilled to be bringing RoboCop back to the big screen,” said Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officers of MGM. “Studio Canal is the ideal partner to help us share the reimagined, action-packed classic with audiences in the UK, France and Germany.”

“Studio Canal is extremely happy to be partnering with MGM on RoboCop. We have been admirers of the director José Padilha since we first saw and distributed the award winning Elite Squad in the United Kingdom. As film fans, we cannot wait to see his vision of this new RoboCop with such an incredible cast including Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, and Samuel Jackson and with producers like Marc Abraham and Eric Newman,” said Olivier Courson, Chairman and CEO of Studio Canal.

robocop-peter-wellerIn RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

Director José Padilha (Elite Squad) reimagines the tale of part man, part machine, all cop starring Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) as the title character, Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) as the scientist who creates RoboCop, and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) as media mogul Pat Novak. RoboCop is being produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Eric Carraro as Executive Producer. The film is currently in pre-production and slated for a summer 2013 release.

Studio Canal will release RoboCop theatrically in the UK, France and Germany in 2013. Studio Canal acquired the rights to the film for 20 years.



    “OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.”

    …….crap, that makes it sounds awful, i hate it already!;)

  • Hilarinho

    Go Padilha! Go Brazil !

    (Wait… where is official Lewis ????)

  • zillabeast

    “Critically injured?” Alex Murphy DIED, yo!!!

    • Chad

      It’s a different movie, yo.

      If you want a scene for scene remake, just watch the original.

    • LAME

      “Alex Murphy DIED, yo!!!”

      Did you even watch the movies? RoboCop ended up remembering who he was. So, did Alex Murphy really die?

      • Nate

        I think Alex Murphy’s death was pretty clear in Robocop. Aside from the allusions to his being OCP property because of Murphy’s signing of a waiver, the lead ER doc calls his time of death as the screen slowly fades out.

        It’s a legit beef to have as far as unwelcome story changes are concerned. So much of Peter Weller’s beautiful performance was that chasm between who he was and what he’d become. “I can feel them…., but I can’t remember them.”

        All said though, I ‘m definitely still looking forward to this.

  • WillyLopez

    We Killed you, youre dead!

  • Al Conyado

    Robocop is my all time favourite movie, I hope to God they at least try to keep some of those most memorable lines/ quotes from the original.

    • WillyLopez

      Can you fly Bobby?

  • GunsOfNavarone

    “but with issues a regular man has never had to face before”

    What like taking a piss you mean? That kind of thing…

  • Lance

    ED-209 looks way too “busy” in that image. “Let’s just throw some sharp angles in for the shape of throwing some sharp angles in. Because it’s not like I can improve on the original, anyway…”

    • Lance

      I meant “for the sake”, not “shape.”

      • Bowex

        It wouldn’t be a RoboCop film if they didn’t take the piss out of contemporary design, in this case the splintery shard nonsense of Bayformers/Battleship/Avengers, which is apparently cool and menacing to the American public today and therefore will help OmniCorp sell more robots.

        OCP did the same thing with the original ED-209, putting form over function (like the exposed radiator at the front that would make for a perfect target) because of marketing considerations.

  • oaktreeradar

    Hollywood: the splintery shard nonsense must stop. And why doesn’t batman dance anymore.

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  • Soulcalibur

    I wonder if RoboCop will still drive a Ford Taurus? Ugh……

  • General Zod

    The rating alone is turning me off of the movie. The ORIGINAL actually had to be toned down to barely get an R rating. If the movie will be stripped down for children audiences, then I don’t see how it can retain any of the action of the original film.