RoboCop; Paul Verhoeven's ultra-violent, semi-religious satire of the 1980's was released in cinemas this week in 1987. Starring Peter Weller, RoboCop for anyone who doesn't know is about a cop killed in the line of duty and resurrected as a cyborg. Written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, the script was rejected by a number of directors including Alex Cox and David Cronenberg before it landed in the lap of Paul Verhoeven. Verhoeven read a few pages and threw the script in the bin thinking that it was ''trash.'' Luckily Verhoeven's wife saved the script from the rubbish truck and read it properly. She convinced Verhoeven that the script had substance and that he should give it another go. It was a good career move because upon its release, RoboCop was a surprise hit with both critics and audiences and named as one of the best films of 1987. Any positive momentum that the first film created was lost when production company Orion dropped-the-ball with the two less well received sequels, a poor TV Series and an animated series in an ill conceived attempt to make RoboCop more family friendly and appeal to children. However, hopes are high that Jose Padilha's remake which is about to start shooting and set for release next year, will revive the franchise and return it to it's more adult roots. But it has a long way to go to live up to the the much loved original. So to celebrate it's 25th anniversary here are 10 things you might not have known about the future of law enforcement, RoboCop.
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