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.
“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.”
“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.