'RoboCop' Remake Set Photos: Big Guns and RoboCycles

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 09:42 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'RoboCop' Remake Set Photos: Big Guns and RoboCycles

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.

RoboCop was originally scheduled for this August, but in October, Sony Pictures opted instead to shift the remake to February 2, 2014, a date that gives Elite Squad director Jose Padilha six months of breathing room in post-production on his English-language debut.

And now Padilha and company are back in Vancouver, British Columbia for additional photography, an entirely routine bit of business.  In these new images from The Daily Mail, the production was filming an action sequence at the Vancouver Convention Center, which is acting as the headquarters of Omnicorp, the fictitious corporate entity known as Omni Consumer Products in the original.

So here we have yet more unofficial looks at the star of AMC's The Killing as our new Alex Murphy/Robo.  The Swedish actor is joined in RoboCop by a pretty outstanding and varied cast of ringers like Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jackie Earle Haley, and Jennifer Ehle


If you want to see more photos of Kinnaman in costume and zipping around Robo's new ride, click here for a crop of daylight pictures from last October.

Way, way back when the remake was still in development, Padilha commented, "I have my take on it. And I can tell you this: 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. 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?"

His take, from much of what we've seen since, heavily involves drone warfare.  That's a departure from Verhoeven's focus on crippling, inhuman consumerism, and hopefully RoboCop won't fall into the trap of several recent action films that seemed to think simply using the word "drone" constituted topicality.

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