RoboCop Viral Video Tries to Recapture the Satire of the Original Film. Tries.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Sony Marching in First RoboCop Remake FootageYes, Sony Pictures will be screening the first ever footage from the RoboCop remake at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. And while we anxiously await this glance, we’ve got an unimpressive viral video to tide us over.

Sony Pictures is bringing RoboCop to Comic-Con in a panel slated for July 19th in Hall H. The RoboCop panel offers director Jose Padilha and stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Jose Padilha’s film stars Joel Kinnaman as the title hero plus Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Michael Keaton, Michael Kenneth Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Abbie Cornish, Aimee Garcia, and Jackie Earle Haley.

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Currently RoboCop has a release date of February 7, 2014.

In RoboCop the year is 2029, 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 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.


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  • DavidFullam

    Actually, I didn’t think the video was all that bad, just a little bland. Still, this one is worrisome. I think back to the director lamenting how he had to fight for every creative decision.

  • Rottenjesus


    • aliensharkboy

      May I borrow this catchphrase?

      • Rottenjesus

        It’s actually the title of a DINNER FOR FIENDS episode from a few years ago and I’ve basically adopted it as my mantra ever since.

        So go ahead. The more people who reject this dumb bullshit the better.

  • frank_dracman

    This reminds me a little too much of the Umbrella ads they ran for the Resident Evil movies. I have zero hopes that this will be good, but if there’s some positive reviews by people I trust you can bet I’ll be there opening day. Doesn’t matter if it sucks or not, I’ll always have my cherished unrated DVD to enjoy. I will say the ED-209 looks kinda badass.

  • LSD Zombie

    Satirical or not, I’m not looking forward to this remake. RoboCop is a sci-fi action masterpiece that is still relevant to this day. It truly has everything a movie lover could want: Brutal violence, humor, great performances, a super-cool hero (with a super-cool gun!) and extremely quotable dialog! I could watch RoboCop every day of the week and still feel like I’m watching i for the first time. Watching it on VHS was one of the most formative film experiences of my young life at the time.

    This is just another shallow case of a studio capitalizing on name value. Plus, MGM needs to find a way to pay the bills until they can get the next Bond underway.

    • Matt Serafini

      My feeling too.

      We’ll see if it can surprise us. The original is one of my five favorite movies and, for my money, the best movie of the 1980s.

  • Terminal

    Looking forward to seeing how they rework Robocop.

    I don’t understand fans. People were complaining afraid they may dodge the satire, and now that they seem to somewhat be embracing it, it’s a problem.

    In either case, I’m looking forward to this.

    • Matt Serafini

      Because, so far, it doesn’t have any of the bite from the original. Just feels like a toothless copy.

      If the actual movie does, I will happily eat my words. But, without getting too political, I really don’t see a $100 million Hollywood production tacking anything currently topical.

      I’d be happy to be wrong, of course.

      • LifeMi

        You’re forgetting about Nolan’s Batman films, Matt; there have been recent big-budget Hollywood movies dealing with topical themes and ideas. That being said, this doesn’t look like one. Not to be hyperbolic, but I’m reminded of the ’98 Godzilla scenario; the same basic premise, but without any of the weight and themes the ’54 original had. Hopefully we’ll be proven wrong, but I doubt it.

        • frank_dracman

          ’98 Godzilla? That’s my cue to see Pacific Rim again! *Runs out the door*

          • LifeMi

            Hey, I just sold a ticket for Pacific Rim! Maybe that’s the way to fix the box office; just mention Godzilla ’98 and people will run screaming to the theatre to be reminded what a real Kaiju movie is.

          • frank_dracman

            I just wish they showed more of the 3-armed guy. 🙁

          • LifeMi

            Amen. In fact, I’d say one of Pacific Rim’s biggest issues was the limited screentime for the other jaegers. I’m not saying they needed deep character development, but they could’ve been done better; think of them like the marines in Aliens. We never get to know much about Apone and the others, but they all had a moment to make an impression, whereas the other Jaeger teams really don’t.

          • frank_dracman

            Agreed 100%. Man, we’re getting of topic big time. Where were we? Oh yeah, FUCK REMAKES!

          • aliensharkboy


          • LifeMi

            Damn straight, Frank; FUCK REMAKES (though I admit I’m giving EVIL DEAD, which I hated in theaters, a second chance on bluray).

          • Chernobyl Kinsman

            How about fuck *bad* remakes? There are a fair few remakes I have enjoyed a lot (The 80’s Blob, various versions of Body Snatchers, Carpenter’s Thing, My Bloody Valentine for example).

          • frank_dracman

            Oh, without a doubt there are good (sometimes great) remakes out there. I love The Blob, The Thing and The Fly. And yes, I do enjoy the Dawn of the Dead remake. However, there are many movies that are remade solely for name recognition and profit. Those are the ones that need to go away.

    • Rottenjesus

      Maybe you can do a Double Remake Feature Review of this and the Total Recall remake and see how both of them completely fucked it up in the end.

      Not that anyone will read it but still…