RoboCop to reboot in 2014

Remember the 1980’s? Remember Peter Weller? Remember Kurtwood Smith before he was Red Forman on That 70’s Show? Remember RoboCop? Well, if you’re a fan of this film you may just freak out a little bit, there’s a reboot of this film coming in 2014!

The original RoboCop was released in 1987 and was directed by Paul Verhoeven (the same Dutch director who later brought us The Hollow Man and the original Total Recall movie). This film was made on a budget of only $13 million and brought in more than $53 million at the box office. The film was set in crime-ridden Detroit, Michigan in the near future. Police officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) is brutally murdered and subsequently revived by the Omni Consumer Products (OCP) corporation as a superhuman cyborg law enforcer.

RoboCop 1987

The original movie also spawned two film sequels, a television series, a mini-series, two animated series and various comic books. Over the years RoboCop has gained a cult following and it comes as no surprise that a sequel, reboot or remake has been in the pipeline for quite some time.

The 2014 RoboCop film will feature appearances by Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton (who gained fame as Tim Burton’s Batman), legendary and versatile British actor Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson (who needs no introduction), Jay Baruchel (who is lending his voice talents to How To Train Your Dragon 2), Jennifer Ehle (who appeared in the Oscar winning film Zero Dark Thirty last year), Aimee Garcia, Jackie Earle Haley and various others. The upcoming film is directed by Brazilian born director José Padilha and was written by Nick Schenk, Joshua Zetumer and James Vanderbilt.

RoboCop 2014

The RoboCop reboot has a rumoured budget of $120 million and it sounds like the plot is almost identical to the first RoboCop film’s plot. The film was originally scheduled to be released in August of this year, but the release date has been changed to the 7th of February 2014 for audiences in the United States and the United Kingdom. No release date has been confirmed by Nu Metro or Ster-Kinekor for South African audiences yet.

Judging by the RoboCop trailer below it’s going to be an action-packed CGI-filled ride (just like the original film), but don’t take my word for it though, make up your own mind:

What do you think of this RoboCop reboot? Will you be rushing off to your nearest theatre when it’s released or will you be giving this one a skip? Leave a comment and let me know. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here.

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Henno Kruger

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