Robocop Director Gives An Update On Remake

José Padilha talks about his take on the movie...

Written by ronin
Published about over 5 years ago. Filed Under: Movies

Director José Padilha recently sat down to talk about what his vision for RoboCop is going to be, as well as says he plans on casting an American for the role of Alex Murphy.

While chatting with Coming Soon RoboCop director José Padilha talked a little bit about what we might see from his version of the character. He also said that he hopes to be able to start filming early next year. Another thing that was touched on was that with so many people from different countries being cast in American superhero roles, Padilha wants to keep the role of Alex Murphy American.

RoboCop' the first movie was fantastic, but even if there was no movie, the concept of 'RoboCop' is brilliant, first because it lends itself to a lot of social criticism, but also because it poses a question, 'To when do you lose you're humanity?' The way it does that is by replacing body parts with machine parts, and that's very smart because guess what? It's going to happen!

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?

Sounds like he is thinking of Deus Ex, which is causing a tingle in my jingle. I would love this sort of thing, provided it poses the same questions as those in Deus Ex.

On why he wants an American to play the titular role:

We need an American RoboCop, man. RoboCop is an American guy, his name is Alex Murphy.

Not exactly the best reason for having an "American" actor. First thing is first - it does not matter from which country or which race the actor is. What does matter is that the actor is able to convincingly play the role. Unfortunatley, however, there are no longer any American actors who can convincingly play "manly" roles. That's why in recent years superheros, actions stars, intimidating villains etc are played by foreign (namely Australia and England) - see Warrior as a recent example.

I still think Michael Fassbender is perfect for the role.

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