There’s been varying degrees of love and hate since the idea of a RoboCop reboot was announced. It’s been more than 15 years, so theoretically the franchise is ripe for a second go, but still some naysay that the original was good enough and that a new incarnation would be blasphemous. But off it went regardless and it’s only a few days from beginning the shooting process. Now, in an effort to drum up more interest (and no doubt calm the nerves of hardcore fans worldwide) an official plot synopsis has been released.
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center 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 (Joel Kinnaman) 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 utilizes 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.
Well, it looks about the same as the first one, which means they’re not going too far off the beaten path. Those involved in the film, however, have expressed the intent to concentrate more on the story as it’s spelled out in the final line of that synopsis. This would make it more character-oriented and less the shoot-em-up, atmospheric piece that the first was.
Casting is hopeful as well, with Joel Kinnamen as Alex Murphy/RoboCop, Michael Keaton as the evil CEO of OmniCorp, Raymond Sellars, Gary Oldman as Norton, the man with the plan who designs our beloved hero, and Michael Kenneth Williams playing Robocop’s squishy human partner. Add Samuel L. Jackson into the mix and you’ve got quite an interesting line-up.
Look for the new RoboCop to hit theaters August 9th, 2013.
Thanks to blastr for the news.