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Samuel L Jackson Finds Robocop Remake
He'll be a TV mogul

07 June 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Samuel L Jackson Finds Robocop Remake

We know Samuel L Jackson has a close relationship with technology. He has those giant flat screens on the equally giant floating aircraft carrier he commands as Nick Fury. And he seems to rely on the iPhone’s Siri system to help him cook. He’s likely to have to have a more contentious time with a particular use of hardware when he joins the Robocop remake.

Director Jose Padilha already has a Robocop in the shape of Joel Kinnaman, and now he’s busy surrounding him with some great actors. Gary Oldman signed up last month to play a scientist who helps convert Kinnaman’s cop Alex Murphy into the cyborg officer. Now Jackson is aboard as Pat Novak, described as a “charismatic TV mogul.”

From the sounds of it, the new take on Robocop, which features a script by James Vanderbilt, will tackle big media’s impact on our lives in a slightly different way to Paul Verhoeven and Ed Neumeier’s original. We wonder if the addition of a big telly mogul means there might be some nods towards Fox News and its ilk. There's certainly some ripe satire to be had there...

Robocop is gearing up to shoot in Toronto this September and should be targeting our cinemas next summer. On screen now in Avengers Assemble, Jackson will next crop up in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which is out on January 18 next year.


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RE: "Allow Me To Retort!"
Even if opwe'll still have the original, so what's the problem? It's not like they'll be rounding up everyone's DVDs and ritually burning them all in a giant wicker fanboy, is it? As for ip-Offll think we should reserve judgement until we've actually seen it. Or at least until /b] has seen it and overreact accordingly then... I would just like to say, officially and on the record, that however many stars /b] ultimately awards ecallt's an absolute eryone should be sacked. Worst. Review. EVER!!!! More

Posted by chris kilby at 00:06 on 08 June 2012 | Report This Post

"Allow Me To Retort!"
@ED-209 Bullshit. Every crappy remake is a "re-imagining" as they can't bring themselves to admit that they're copying a superior work and messing it up. I've seen the trailer for the Total Recall remake and they copy so many moments of the Verhoeven film, even the re-implantation chair Colin Farrell sits in is identical to the 1990 one. Thank you, Mr Nitpicker. More

Posted by BenTramer at 21:17 on 07 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Remakes Are Nothing New
Warming to my theme, other remakes include: A Fistful of Dollars (Yojimbo); Star Wars (The Hidden Fortress); Reservoir Dogs is a virtual remake of several films at once (City on Fire, The Taking of Pelham 123 and The Killing); and according no less an infallible authority than the Motion Picture Academy, Martin Scorsese's best film is Raging Bull. Hang on a minute... That's not right. Oh, and Taxi Driver is an urban remake of The Searchers. The same way Assault on Precinct 13 is an urban More

Posted by chris kilby at 20:50 on 07 June 2012 | Report This Post

Remakes Are Nothing New
Some of the all time greats from Hollywood's Golden Age were themselves re-makes - The Maltese Falcon, The Wizard of Oz, Ben-Hur. Some films and (iconic) characters get re-made (or "re-booted") again and again - Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Dracula. Then there's whatsisname? The one who dresses up like a bat... Sure, most re-makes are unimaginative, creatively bankrupt rubbish, especially lately. But again, this is nothing new. Personally, I could probably do without a re-hash of Paul Verh More

Posted by chris kilby at 19:42 on 07 June 2012 | Report This Post

I give; I'm excited
Gary Oldman, now Sam JAckson; this remake will not let me hate it! More

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RE: "I'd buy THAT for a dollar!" (A dollar might be all this is worth)
L: ED-209 L: BenTramer They have to keep that satirical, punky edge that the original had (ultraviolence is optional). If they go all PC on that, this remake will be anaemic and forgettable (the all-star cast in this one is worrying). They've remade Paul Verhoeven's Total Recall and now Robocop, are Basic Instinct and Showgirls next? ith respect though, the new Total Recall film is NOT a ke the 1990 movie. It is a 're-imagining' of the original Philip K. Dick story. es, a More

Posted by SilentJimbo at 11:41 on 07 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: "I'd buy THAT for a dollar!" (A dollar might be all this is worth)
L: BenTramer They have to keep that satirical, punky edge that the original had (ultraviolence is optional). If they go all PC on that, this remake will be anaemic and forgettable (the all-star cast in this one is worrying). They've remade Paul Verhoeven's Total Recall and now Robocop, are Basic Instinct and Showgirls next? ith respect though, the new Total Recall film is NOT a ke the 1990 movie. It is a 're-imagining' of the original Philip K. Dick story. More

Posted by ED-209 at 11:10 on 07 June 2012 | Report This Post

"I'd buy THAT for a dollar!" (A dollar might be all this is worth)
They have to keep that satirical, punky edge that the original had (ultraviolence is optional). If they go all PC on that, this remake will be anaemic and forgettable (the all-star cast in this one is worrying). They've remade Paul Verhoeven's Total Recall and now Robocop, are Basic Instinct and Showgirls next? More

Posted by BenTramer at 11:03 on 07 June 2012 | Report This Post

F**k This Movie
Was awaiting this project for a long time coz I thought it would be a slightly rebooted sequel. But now I hear it's yet another flat-out remake of a great origin story. Another movie standing on the shoulders and giants and taking a piss. Up yours, Hollywood. Seriously. More

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