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Gary Oldman Joins Robocop
He'll be Robo's creator...

24 May 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Gary Oldman Joins Robocop

We’re now at the stage where the MGM-powered remake of Robocop is ploughing ahead in the casting process and has scored a big name in the shape of Gary Oldman.

The actor (and Jameson Empire Award winner) will be seen on screen this summer helping another iconic hero in The Dark Knight Rises, and now he’s signed on to play Norton, a scientist who takes the battered, bullet-ridden, all-but-dead body of police officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and rebirths him as the cyborg future of law enforcement.

Though there wasn’t a featured role for a scientist in the original (the sequels explored the idea a little more), it sounds as though director Jose Padilha and current writer James Vanderbilt are exploring similar territory to Paul Verhoeven’s film, with Norton struggling to balance Murphy’s ideals with the grasping corporate needs of the company – most likely OCP – that provides the funding for the project.

With the movie tentatively set to arrive next summer, Padilha and his team will be gearing up a shoot this August in Toronto.

As well as Christopher Nolan’s latest (due, of course, on July 20) Oldman will also be seen in Lawless, Motor City and Paranoia.


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RE: If this ain't hard-R...
L: kielerkai ...nobody will need this (un)bloody reboot. Just like the awful TOTAL RECALL remake... sp; Just to make this clear: The new Total Recall movie is NOT a remake. It is a ption book.   back on topic: Hate to say this, makes me feel old, this movie is nearly 30 years old. So it is not to early for a remake. I hope they have a director that 'gets' the satire. I like Oldman but I do not think satire is his thing. More

Posted by Overmind at 03:24 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Gary Oldman Joins Robocop
Another pointless remake, just like the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Raid. Just watch the goddamn genius original damn it!!!! More

Posted by drews at 16:25 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

A much needed reboot!
The original Robocop movie is an 80's classic and one of the best action pics ever. However the sequels and the series were terrible so I think this is a franchise that deserves a decent reboot and now with Oldman on board I sense great things! Let's hope the makers go for a more direct approach from the graphic novel rather than trying to better the original! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 14:49 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

Hated until...
Now that oldman's involved, I'm suddenly not detesting this idea. More

Posted by dgribble at 12:55 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: If this ain't hard-R...
I would not class anybody who has seen a Len Wiseman film as "lucky". More

Posted by burtbondy at 12:23 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

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L: greatbigtoe How can it look awful with only 2 people cast. Looks like Gary (1st name terms) has seen money worth taking. Fixed that for you. More

Posted by st3veebee at 10:23 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

Seems silly to hate this before it's even started filming but Hollywood doesn't exactly have a great track record with remakes. Still, if Oldman has seen some merit to it, well... More

Posted by Garden Robot at 09:47 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: If this ain't hard-R...
L: kielerkai ...nobody will need this (un)bloody reboot. Just like the awful TOTAL RECALL remake... ou've seen the Total Recall remake? Lucky. More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 09:46 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: If this ain't hard-R...
He's playing Bob Norton? This film is going to be very different. Oldman would have made an awesome Dick Jones. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 09:40 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: If this ain't hard-R...
L: kielerkai ...nobody will need this (un)bloody reboot. Just like the awful TOTAL RECALL remake... hen did it get released? Because I thought it wasn't out until August... More

Posted by FoximusPrime at 09:39 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

Has Christopher Nolan got a film coming out?
Hahahahaha LOL etc. I love Robocop, it's one of the first 18 movies I ever got to see when I was about 9. Loved it then and love it even more now that I appreciate the satire. Pleased to see that the remake is exploring its own territory. Like the idea of Oldman as a conflicted scientist. Mind you I like the idea of listening to Gary Oldman read the telephone book if I'm honest. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:24 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

If this ain't hard-R...
...nobody will need this (un)bloody reboot. Just like the awful TOTAL RECALL remake... More

Posted by kielerkai at 08:51 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

How can it look awful with only 2 people cast. Looks like Gary (1st name terms) has seen something worth working on. More

Posted by greatbigtoe at 08:38 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

Bitches, leave More

Posted by dunkah at 01:19 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

looks awful. I'm ashamed of you Gary.....next? More

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