Oh dear oh dear oh dear, what is this worrying news coming out of the Robocop remake panel at Comic-Con. Turns out the director himself, Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) is hoping for a PG-13 rating in the US for the remake, which for the UK could either mean a 15 certificate or, God forbid a 12A.
During a Q&A, Padilha was quizzed about the new films rating, and responded with:
“We were shooting the movie to be seen by the broadest possible audience, which means PG-13. This whole idea about ‘RoboCop’ has to be “R” because the first one was amazingly violent… I never really bought into that. You know, ‘The Dark Knight’ was PG-13, so you can get away with a lot.”
One of the film stars, Samuel L. Jackson, agreed: “It would be “R” for its time, not “R” now.”
Now, while I get that you don’t have to be R-rated to be a good film, and yes Padilha has a point about the greatness of The Dark Knight Rises, but come on! You are remaking an ultra violent film in which we see scenes like Murphy being literally blown to bits, an ED-209 blasting a man over a hundred times before he falls from the top floor of a very tall building, a man is shot in the balls, Robocop viciously stabs a certain villain in the neck, another villain is covered in toxic waste and there is a general feeling of chaos and anarchy to the original which really should be evident in the remake.
A PG-13 rating would kill this remake, wouldn’t it?
Director José Padilha (Elite Squad) reimagines the tale of part man, part machine, all cop starring Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) as the title character, with Abbie Cornish playing his wife Ellen, Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) as the scientist who creates RoboCop, Jackie Earle Haley as Maddox, the man who dispenses the military training to Robocop, Michael Keaton will play Raymond Sellars, and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) as media mogul Pat Novak, and Aimee Garcia will play a scientists who helps put Robocop together. RoboCop is being produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Eric Carraro as Executive Producer.
Robocop is expected in UK cinemas 7th February 2014.
In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre 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 utilises 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.