Director Jose Padilha’s remake of Robocop is really beginning to shape up nicely. Very recently it was announced that one of my favourite actors, Gary Oldman, had signed on to appear in the film as Norton, “the guy who help create Robocop” Oldman will appear alongside Joel Kinnaman, who will be playing Robocop. It was also recently announced that The Amazing Spider-Man and Zodiac writer James Vanderbilt had been hired to do some rewrites.
Things are getting even better as a man who is cooler than all the coolness the movies has signed on to also appear. Yes people, Mr Samuel L. Jackson is now set to appear in the remake as Pat Novak, “a charismatic TV mogul and a powerful force in the Robocop world.” Sounds like the perfect character for Jackson to play! This will also mark the first time Oldman and Jackson have shared the screen since Tony Scott’s True Romance back in 1993, and if you remember, that film was written by a certain Quentin Tarantino.
In more Robocop news, actor Joel Kinnaman recently spoke with Collider, and gave an insight into the plot and ideas of the remake:
“It can be completely opposite. That’s how you can break new ground by rethinking something that’s already been done. José has a completely different take on this than Verhoeven had, and with all respect, everybody that’s involved in this movie loved the original and we have a lot of respect for it. We’re going to have a lot of throwbacks and there’s going to be a lot of fun stuff for the fans of the first movie. It’s a new story within the old one.”
I guess I am starting to get a little excited about this now, and I have no doubts that Padilha, director of the superb Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, will do a good job.
By Matt Wavish