SDCC 2012: The 'RoboCop' Remake Gets an Official Synopsis

Friday, 13 July 2012 08:16 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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SDCC 2012: The 'RoboCop' Remake Gets an Official Synopsis

Comic-Con 2012 is in full swing down, and some new information from next year's RoboCop remake has emerged from the biggest annual pilgrimage of nerds anywhere on the planet.  Specifically, a new, relatively specific synopsis of the remake's story has landed online.  Much of it covers the familiar story of good cop turned robotic supercop/shell of a man/corporate product Alex Murphy.  Along with this week's Omnicorp viral video, though, it suggests that a big update in Jose Padhila's new version is a fixation on drone warfare.

Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original is still a relevant text, with outrageous satire that still cuts to the heart of how we live, and while you can't really expect anyone to maintain the same audacious tonal balance as Verhoeven, a RoboCop movie should still have more on its mind than just a superheroic robot cop.  Hopefully Omnicorp's manufacture of drones is used to some satirical or rhetorical end.  Rather than just doing a meaningless "update," this should be commenting on the current U.S. reliance on drones and morally dubious strikes.

Anyways, you're here for the synopsis, and you'll find it below, thanks to Coming Soon:

In "RoboCop," the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center 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 utilizes 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.

Director José Padilha ("Elite Squad") reimagines the tale of part man, part machine, all cop starring Joel Kinnaman ("The Killing") as the title character, Gary Oldman ("The Dark Knight Rises") as the scientist who creates RoboCop, and Samuel L. Jackson ("The Avengers") as media mogul Pat Novak.

The new RoboCop doesn't begin production until September for an August 9, 2013 release date.  Sony, which is co-financing and marketing the movie alongside producer MGM, is wasting no time getting the word out, though, so once principal photography starts, expect frequent updates.

To tie this back into Comic-Con, a gathering ostensibly about comic books, let's brood on the fact that comic book luminary Frank Miller, the man behind The Dark Knight Returns, received story and co-writing credits on both unfortunate RoboCop sequels.

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