The star of director Jose Padilha’s “re-imagining” of Robocop, Joel Kinnaman, recently gave away a few details about how his new Robocop will look and operate. In an interview with MTV, Kinnaman revealed that this new version of Paul Verhoeven’s classic character will be much more human, and you will be able to see his eyes due to the visor being see through:
“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.”
“RoboCop is going to be a lot more human. The first movie is one of my favourite 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.”
When asked about the look of Robocop and is head-gear, he is what Kinnaman revealed:
“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,” he said. “You’re going to see his eyes.”
Interesting stuff, and I must admit to being a little intrigued by it all. Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore Verhoeven’s classic and don’t feel it could be bettered in any way. However, Jose Padilha is a phenomenal director, just watch Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, Elite Squad or Bus 174 for proof, and the fact they are looking at trying something slightly different does give me hope. I would much rather see a completely new Robocop rather than try and imitate the original, so there just maybe hope for this new version after all?
By Matt Wavish