And the camera starts rolling for one of the most anticipated remakes of 2013. MGM and Columbia Pictures starts shooting for Robocop yesterday, September 15, 2012 in Toronto to be directed by Jose Padilha. Here is an official release from Columbia Pictures.
Production is set to begin on Saturday, September 15 in Toronto on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' and Columbia Pictures' “RoboCop,” directed by Jose Padilha. The film stars Joel Kinnaman (TV's “Game of Thrones”), Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
The screenplay is by Josh Zetumer and Nick Schenk, based on the 1987 motion picture written by Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner. The film is produced by Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Bill Carraro serving as executive producer. The film will be released in the US and the Philippines on August 2013.
In "RoboCop," the year is 2028 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 (Kinnaman) 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.
Commenting on the announcement, Padilha said, "It's exciting to think that we're going to be starting production on 'RoboCop.' I have a dream cast and an incredibly creative production team, and we are all supremely dedicated, working together to make a movie that will not only live alongside the first film but also break new ground, be relevant for modern audiences, and stand on its own."
Lula Carvalho is the Director of Photography. The production designer is Martin Whist. The editor is Daniel Rezende. Costume Designer is April Ferry. VFX Supervisor is James E. Price.
And courtesy of Comingsoon.net is the very first look on Robo's new design as they took a shot of Joel Kinnaman wearing the costume.
The armor is now receiving mixed critical reception specially from die hard fans. Personally I'm kind of having 2 hearts about it. For me there is no problem with innovations because the classic design won't really stand on a very futuristic take of Robocop. This may look good but just like what I said before, I'm afraid that Robocop will just become somebody who is on a suit, an Iron Man clone. I want to believe that he is a robot but I won't really see that until I see footage of him moving or taking apart some of his parts just to prove he is a robot. On the second thought there are also reports before that Robocop will be having several modes or forms in the movie. If you are familiar with Kamen Rider (Masked Rider) series, the idea somehow resembles how Kamen Riders make use of different forms on different occasions. I think I remember reading something about a SWAT mode and a Neutral/Friendly Mode and I believe there are more to be revealed as the production progress. For now I'm reserving my judgement until more details are released.
Set on an August release next year, Robocop is to be distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.