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If you've been too busy watching the Tigers play or joyriding in your 6000 SUX, you might not know that there is a 'Robocop' remake in the works. The quintessential 1987 cop-turned bot sci-fi film originally starring Peter Weller and brought to us by director Paul Verhoeven, is getting an update for the next generation. The remake, the script for which was written by newcomer Josh Zetumer, will be helmed by Brazilian director Jose Padilha ('Elite Squad: The Enemy Within'). So all the key elements were in place...except that it had no star. Now it seems the search for Old Detroit's new cybernetic supercop is over and Joel Kinnaman ('The Killing') has landed the role. Joel was in talks for the part late last month, but now the deal has been closed and Kinnaman is your guy...or rather, your bot. No word yet on when filming will begin.
As a fan of 'Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,' I'm really looking forward to this remake. I know it's sacrilegious to be excited about a remake, especially one for an 80s classic, but Padilha's take on the character and approach to the remake is fascinating and I'm looking forward to seeing it fleshed out on the screen. The only remaining question mark for me was of course who the filmmakers would choose to step into the role of Alex Murphy. I think they've made a good choice here, maybe not the best possible choice, but a strong choice nevertheless. I know a lot of people had problems with how AMC's 'The Killing' progressed and the weakness of its conclusion, and to be honest I don't disagree with them, but Kinnaman's performance was solid throughout and I'm confident he can handle this role. It'll be interesting to see if he can inject enough humanity into the re-imagined cyborg to earn and carry the audience's sympathy.
Your move, Spillios. Tell us what you think of the idea of a 'Robocop' remake. How do you feel about this casting choice?