RoboCop Finds its Villain in Michael Keaton

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RoboCop Finds its Villain in Michael KeatonHere’s a step in the right direction. After actor Hugh Laurie left the RoboCop remake, we were all left wondering just who would be able to fill his shoes as the movie’s villain. Well, the answer has come, and it’s a good one!

Deadline reports that Michael Keaton has been set to play the role of Raymond Sellars in the MGM/Columbia Pictures RoboCop remake. Sellars is the CEO of the corporation that builds RoboCop, a role that Hugh Laurie was expected to play until he dropped out before consummating a deal.

Jose Padilha’s film is gearing up for a September start in Toronto and thus far stars Joel Kinnaman as the title hero plus Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Michael Kenneth Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Abbie Cornish, and Jackie Earle Haley.

Currently RoboCop has a tentative release date of August 9th, 2013.

In RoboCop the year is 2029, and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre 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 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 its 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.

RoboCop Finds its Villain in Michael Keaton

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  • Terminal

    I’m excited for this remake. Was never much of a fan of the original. Plus I mean it’s not exactly hallowed ground. It’s Robocop.

    • Rottenjesus

    • LSD Zombie

      Seriously?! How the fuck can anyone NOT enjoy Robocop or understand why it’s a classic?! Next you’ll tell me that Starship Troopers sucks. Don’t you fuckin’ say it!

      • Terminal

        LMAO! Damn, dude. Over reaction of the century. I understand why it’s a classic. I’m saying it’s not exactly hallowed ground. Did I mention I’m not a fan of Back to the Future? Or Blues Brothers? Lol. I’m just not a Robocop fan. Never was. It’s very eighties, I’m not a fan. I prefer Terminator, Aliens, or Predator.

    • Vanvance1

      Of course it’s hallowed ground. RoboCop is the best action/SF film ever made. The sprinkling of satire raises it into the realm of filmic bliss.

      • Terminal

        I mean the title is Robo Cop. That’s like raising ballyhoo over a movie named Sheriff Llama. It’s very of it’s time. It could use a remake. I just never found it entertaining beyond his cool gun that comes out of his side. But hey if people enjoy it, more power to you!

        • LSD Zombie

          I think the themes of Robocop ring more true now than they ever have. Corporate crime, cities in poverty, ever increasing gun violence, anti-union sentiment, these are all things that Robocop highlights better than any other movie I can think of. The cherry on top of that just so happens to be a cyborg named Robocop.

          And let’s not forget the awesomely sleazy Bodicker, the highly quotable dialog, EPIC squibs, the iconic Robo suit, and those hilarious commercials! The film is perfect in my eyes and will always be very high up on my list of favorites.

          • Terminal

            To each their own. I think a remake could improve on the themes now more than ever.

          • Rottenjesus

            Or…turn out completely shitty like the needless Total Recall remake.

          • Terminal

            Anything can happen. I’m being optimistic.

  • Vanvance1

    The casting is fine. My view is as long as Verhoeven is alive there’s no reason not to let him have another go with RoboCop.

  • Masked Slasher

    Hard to knock this. Keaton is fantastic.

    No way I won’t watch this at some point now.

  • JB Demented

    Michael Keaton? Ok I have to admit thats excellent news. Havent seen Him act in years, but Ive always been a big fan. I believe He played a bad guy before in Pacific Heights but Ive only seen it once years ago and I dont remember much. I really dont feel they should remake Robocop because its a true classic, but maybe its worth watching once unless it gets stuck with a PG-13 rating.