Posted by Rande Iaboni on August 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm
The original ‘Robocop’ remains one of my favorite films of the 80′s. For me it is an absolute perfect film, so you would think I would be upset at the news of an upcoming remake. But surprisingly I was kind of excited. With technological advancements it could be magnificent, as long as everything went smoothly. But so far that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The cast was stacked with Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, and Hugh Laurie. But just recently, Laurie, who was set to play the film’s main villain, dropped out of the film. Not always a good sign but schedules change so it is understandable. But then came the upsetting rumors about director Jose’ Padilha. In a recent interview with Cinema Rapadura, Padilha’s good friend director Fernando Meirelles explained that he recently spoke to his friend who “is saying that it is the worst experience. For every 10 ideas he has, 9 are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight. ‘This is hell here, “he told me. ‘The film will be good, but I never suffered so much and do not want to do it again.’ He is bitter, but it’s a fighter. ”
Now keep in mind this is just a rumor at this point, but I tend to believe when there is smoke there is fire. At least he thinks the film will be “good” so that is somewhat promising.
It was also announced today that Michael Keaton has joined the film in place of Hugh Laurie, to portray Raymond Sellars, the CEO that builds Robocop (aka the villain). I think Keaton is an exceptional actor so again this is somewhat promising.
Amidst actor drop outs and an unhappy director I still have some faith in this remake. I wish Hollywood would come up with their own ideas but if they refuse to they might as well remake films that could benefit from our advancements in technology.
What do you think Banters? Do you think this remake is headed for disaster?