We love RoboCop's story of police officer Alex Murphy-turned-crime-fighting machine, as well as the 1987 film's dark humor. (The sequels, not so much.) So we were a little worried last month when director Jose Padilha rejected the script of highly successful screenwriter Darren Aronofsky in favor of his own take on the film.
But now Padilha explains his vision.
And it turns out his vision is very specific. According to SuperheroHype, the Portugese director said:
In the first RoboCop when Alex Murphy is shot, gunned down, then you see some hospitals and stuff and then you cut to him as RoboCop. My movie is between those two cuts.
RoboCop isn't just a standard cop movie set in a dystopian future. It has some serious social and satirical commentary, and even touches upon the nature of humanity.
It looks as if Padilha will maintain first RoboCop director Paul Verhoeven's multilayered themes:
... the concept of RoboCop is brilliant, first because it lends itself to a lot of social criticism, but also because it poses a question, 'To when do you lose you humanity?' The way it does that is by replacing body parts with machine parts, and that's very smart because guess what? It's going to happen!" ...
How do you make RoboCop? How do you slowly bring a guy to be a robot? How do you actually take humanity out of someone and how do you program a brain, so to speak, and how does that affect an individual?"
It's good to know that Padilha won't be dumbing down the reboot. But will the new RoboCop be as funny as the first one? If so, we'd totally buy that for a dollar.