RoboCop reboot actress says director's already calling it 'classic'

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Mar 8, 2013, 5:02 PM EST

Director Jose Padilha's apparently pretty confident about the legacy of his RoboCop reboot.

RoboCop co-star Abbie Cornish - who plays Ellen Murphy, wife of Alex Murphy, the man who becomes RoboCop -- said in a new interview that the remake is "massively kick-ass," and went on to quote Padilha's own thoughts on the flick.

"I actually have a voicemail message from Jose Padilha, the director," Cornish said. "He says in the message, 'I don't think we've got a great movie. I think we've got a classic.'"

Director Paul Verhoeven's 1987 sci-fi action hit is widely considered a classic these days, but when can you remember a remake ever earning the same iconic status as its predecessor? Of course, you expect the cast and crew of the film to be publicly confident about their movie. It's not like Padilha's ever going to come out and say, "I think the movie's OK. It's fun, but it's nothing special," at least, not until after the movie comes out. But for some fans of Verhoeven's film, the word "classic" might be a little strong for a remake that's not even hitting theaters for nearly a year.

What do you think? Are you cool with Padilha talking this big well before the film's release, or should he back off the "classic" declaration until after the movie comes out?

RoboCop will hit theaters Feb. 7, 2014.