Michael Keaton to Replace Hugh Laurie as Villain in ROBOCOP Reboot

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While things haven’t exactly been going smoothly for director Jose Padilha’s RoboCop reboot lately, the acquisition of Michael Keaton (Batman) as the villain will surely go a long way to remedy that.  Hugh Laurie (House, M.D.) was previously attached to play the antagonist but talks recently broke down.  Keaton would be playing Raymond Sellars, the CEO of Omnicorp, the corporation that builds RoboCop.  The reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult classic stars Joel Kinnaman in the title role.  Hit the jump for more on the remake and to read what Padilha had to say about Keaton coming on board. 

TOTAL RECALL: Mind-Bending Edition Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 1 year, 241 days ago

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Sony’s move to release one of the greatest science fiction action films ever made on blu-ray just around the time they put out their all-flash-and-no-substance remake in theaters may only prove to be more of a backfire than anything else.  Other than pocketing some cash off the newly tricked-out Total Recall disc, this only proves how vapid, empty and utterly useless the current theatrical release is.  But enough about the trash.  Let’s talk about the good version after the jump.

Paul Verhoeven Moving Forward with Controversial JESUS OF NAZARETH Picture

by     Posted 1 year, 307 days ago

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With Darren Aronofsky’s Noah moving forward and directors Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott progressing on their Gods and Kings and Moses epics respectively, Paul Verhoeven has decided to go for the literal king of Biblical personas.  Verhoeven has landed financial backing and a writer for his controversial picture centering on Jesus Christ.  In his writing corner will be Roger Avary, an Oscar winner who shared writing credits on Pulp Fiction with Quentin Tarantino. Providing the greenbacks will Chris Hanley of Muse Productions, whose credits include American Psycho. Hit the jump for more on Jesus of Nazareth.

Recap of the ROBOCOP Hero Complex Screening With Peter Weller

by     Posted 1 year, 337 days ago

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This weekend Hero Complex in association with The Los Angeles Times hosted the third annual Hero Complex Film Festival.  Highlights to which included a screening of Shaun of the Dead with Edgar Wright, Wall-E with director Andrew Stanton and A Clockwork Orange with star Malcolm McDowell.

I was on hand Saturday for the fest at a midday screening of Paul Verhoeven’s seminal satirical ultraviolent masterpiece RoboCop. Star Peter Weller appeared after the screening for a lengthy and animated Q&A wherein he discussed prepping for RoboCop, learning to appreciate the satirical bend of the film and his thoughts on a hypothetical remake, among many other topics of conversation.  For highlights from the Q&A, hit the jump.

Joel Kinnaman Spills Details on ROBOCOP Reboot

by     Posted 2 years, 27 days ago

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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.

Paul Verhoeven to Direct Halle Berry in THE STUDENT

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The great schlock-master Paul Verhoeven has finally gotten another project off the ground post 2006’s well-received Black Book. Per Badass Digest, the new film will not be The Surrogate – the rumored Halle Berry centric evil surrogate mother flick – but instead The Student, a new Halle Berry centric ‘younger student has an affair with older married woman’ type flick. This seems like familiar terrain for the Dutch auteur Verhoeven having so memorably explored the potentially lethal side effects of affairs in Basic Instinct and the under-seen The Fourth Man.  Hit the jump for more Verhoeven love.

Paul Verhoeven to Direct Risqué Supernatural Thriller ETERNAL

by     Posted 3 years, 191 days ago

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Paul Verhoeven is no stranger to making thrillers with a sexual edge, evidenced by Basic Instinct.  This time around, the twist is that the affair is with a ghost, after her lover’s soul. Titled Eternal, the film was developed by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Verhoeven is on board to direct. Based on a script by David Loughery (Obsessed), Eternal will undergo a rewrite by Richard D’Ovidio (Exit Wounds) with a production target of next summer. Hit the jump for more on the film, including a detailed plot synopsis and what kind of budget to expect.

Paul Verhoeven Adapting Louis Couperus THE HIDDEN FORCE

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Paul Verhoeven has announced that his next film will be an adaptation of Louis Couperus’ novel The Hidden Force.  Speaking on the Dutch television show Zomergasten (”Summer Guests“) [via /Film], Verhoven said “[The Hidden Force is about] rebellion against colonial rule, the emergence of fundamentalist Islam, the behavior between people, adultery and psychic powers. It is a story about things that we do not understand but it does happen.”  It won’t be an English-language production, but that’s okay.  Verhoeven hit a homerun back in 2006 with Black Book and I’m glad that he’s finally moving forward with a new project.  And this material sounds perfect for Verhoeven’s strange-yet-wonderful sensibilities.

Hit the jump for a synopsis of The Hidden Force.

Len Wiseman to Direct TOTAL RECALL Remake

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Director Len Wiseman (Underworld) is in final negotiations to helm a remake of the 1990 sci-fi flick Total Recall.  Based off the Philip K. Dick short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”, the original film was directed by Paul Verhoeven and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The first half of the movie is a fantastic mind-bender, but once Schwarzenegger gets to Mars, it ditches the mindgames and becomes a B-action movie mixed with the delightfully bizarre (Kuato!).

Producer Matt Tolmach said in the press release, “Len has an incredible love of the genre and a great gift for action.  He’ll bring a contemporary feel to the film while taking care with everything we love about Philip K. Dick’s original story.”  Hit the jump for the press release and my thoughts on the announcement.

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