Much like an honest Detroit cop brutally gunned down in the line of duty and reborn as an unstoppable piece of law enforcement tech, RoboCop is returning in a new form.
RoboCop, a modern remake of Paul Verhoeven's brilliantly acidic satire, is hitting theaters next year.
So far, Sony Pictures has kept its promotion of the RoboCop quiet, issuing nothing so much as an official, properly lit image of Joel Kinnaman (AMC's The Killing) in costume as the new title character. During its presentation in Hall H last Friday, however, Sony debuted first look footage from the remake for the crowd in San Diego Comic-Con's single biggest venue.
The RoboCop panel also found director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within) taking the stage to shed some light on his approach. He was joined in front of a 6,000-strong crowd by actors Kinnaman, Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Abbie Cornish (Limitless), and Michael Keaton (The Other Guys).
Prior to the big show in Hall H, though, Padilha and company partook in a private press conference, fielding questions from a small group of entertainment journalists looking to shed light on RoboCop. IAR was on hand for the press conference to hear the director and stars discuss how they became involved in the project, developing a more superhuman RoboCop, differences between the new movie and the original, shooting the remake, and the story's new thematic focus.
Co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo (You, Me and Dupree), and actors Chris Evans (Captain America), Sacarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Anthony Mackie (The Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes), Emily VanCamp (Agent 13), and Frank Grillo (Crossbones) appeared in Hall H at Comic-Con International 2013 in San Diego on Saturday to discuss their new film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opens in theaters on April 4th, 2014.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had a chance to attend a special press conference, along with several other members of the media, after the Hall H panel to hear what the cast had to say about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Co-director Joe Russo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, and Sebastian Stan discussed the upcoming movie, how Captain America is adjusting to his new world, his relationship to Black Widow, Bucky Barnes role in the film, the introduction of The Falcon, if he will soon be joining The Avengers, VanCamp's character, and if Agent Phil Coulson is really a robot.
Sony Pictures has been keeping mum on next year's RoboCop remake, issuing scant material online and generally playing it close to the vest.
Today's panel during the Sony presentation in Hall H, then, marked something of a debutante ball for this new take on Paul Verhoeven's brilliant 1987 satire. The first publicly exhibited footage from RoboCop demonstrated, however, that director Jose Padilha has a markedly different take on the material, eschewing vitriolic social commentary for more on-the-nose political relevance.
If you've spent the last several months trying to forget that there's a RoboCop remake on the way, Sony Pictures is eager to derail your efforts at Comic-Con this week.
In order to goose expectations for the remake's big panel on Friday, Sony has unveiled some new bits of RoboCop, concept art via a reliable viral site. And new Alex Murphy Joel Kinnaman is promising, "the movie will surprise people."
You're sitting at job, just letting your mind wander as you watch surveillance video of people imprisoned in little hotel rooms, when suddenly the first trailer for the Americanized Oldboy is standing behind you, ready to slam the pointy side of a hammer into your skull.
Marvel Studios plays Comic-Con like a fiddle.
This year, Kevin Feige and company are kicking off the festivities early with the very first teaser poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
A crop of unofficial images from the production of Captain America: The Winter Soldier provide our first real look at the Winter Soldier himself, complete with a bionic arm that looks just like the one in the Marvel Comics written by Ed Brubaker.
Unofficial pictures from the set have been our primary means of gathering information on next year's remake of Paul Verhoeven's brilliant 1987 satire RoboCop. Since production on the remake wrapped up many moons ago, then, we haven't seen much from the new RoboCop.
But with some pickup shooting now underway, we have some more good looks at Joel Kinnaman in the redesigned RoboSuit, along with his trusty RoboCycle and, in the tradition of Verhoeven's hero, a ridiculously big gun.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been shooting in Los Angeles under the faux-title Freezerburn for the last several weeks. And that means unofficial set photos.
Two weeks ago, some images from the production gave out first (blurry) looks at Cap's new Super Soldier regalia. Today, though, we have new pictures of Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in civilian togs, along with the first look at Anthony Mackie in costume as Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon.
Agent Coulson is/was/shall forever remain the quietly heroic heart and soul of S.H.I.E.L.D., and even, to a certain extent, Marvel's shared cinematic universe.
So it's with no small amount of happiness that fans of Clark Gregg and his signature character anticipate the live-action Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series alongside a roster of new espionage agents. The question of just how Coulson could return after (spoiler) getting straight-up shanked through the chest by a mischievous deity, has been on everyone's mind since Gregg's involvement was announced.
Speculation has included notions both wild and mundane, from the idea that Phil returns as Vision to the concept of a digital consciousness. But according to a new rumor, Agent Coulson's resurrection might just be a whole lot simpler.