Official RoboCop remake plot reveals how it'll differ from original

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Dec 17, 2012

We've heard the upcoming Robocop remake will be a different take than the classic 1987 original, and the first synopsis offers up some clues as to what differences we can expect.

Aside from casting news, the story has been kept relatively under wraps until now. Judging by what we see here, it looks like Jose Padilha's reimagining will be pulling on a few different threads than the sci-fi classic.

Here's the official synopsis for the remake:

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 utilises their 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.

For the sake of comparison, here's the DVD description for the 1987 original:

There's a new law enforcer in town and he's half man, half machine! From the director of Total Recall and Basic Instinct comes a "sci-fi fantasy with sleek, high-powered drive" (Time) about an indestructible high-tech policeman who dishes out justice at every turn! When a good cop (Peter Weller) gets blown away by some ruthless criminals, innovative scientists and doctors are able to piece him back together as an unstoppable crime-fighting cyborg called "Robocop." Impervious to bullets and bombs, and equipped with high-tech weaponry, Robocop quickly makes a name for himself by cleaning up the crime-ridden streets of violence-ravaged Detroit. But despite his new, hardened exterior, Robocop is tormented by scraps of memory of his former life, and relives vivid nightmares of his own death at the hands of the vicious killers. Now he is out to seek more than justice...he wants revenge!

All in all, they actually look pretty similar. But, what stands out? The harder focus on a massive company, changing the way wars are fought with the use of drones and cutting-edge tech, seems like a great bit of evolution on the original film's themes. Plus, big business shenanigans are all the rage nowadays.

What do you think of the plot? You looking forward to this one?

(Via Bleeding Cool)