After the Motor City's mayor, Dave Bing, shot down the idea of erecting a government-funded statue of Detroit's cyborg protector, fans of Peter Weller's metal-plated sentinel took to the Internet and to fund-raising site Kickstarter and crowd-sourced enough cash to build it anyway.
A group of Detroit artists and fans of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 sci-fi satire have been fielding donations at www.detroitneedsrobocop.com since Bing dismissed the idea of a RoboCop statue a week ago, and they've already hit their $50,000 goal, thanks to more than 1,500 donations—with a $25,000 chunk given by Pete Hottelet, who owns a company that sells products licensed from movies, like a Tru Blood energy drink and Sex Panther cologne. And the company's name? Omni Consumer Products, after the very corporate monster that created RoboCop in the first place.
The group of local artists is talking with Mayor Bing about potential sites for the statue, including outside Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team. Even though they've met their goal, Detroit Needs Robocop will keep raising money until the March 29 deadline, hoping to make the biggest, best statue of a cyborg officer of the law that Detroit has ever seen.
And if he's on a unicorn, so much the awesomer.
(via Detroit Free Press)