With production on director José Padilhas remake of cult favourite RoboCop commencing over the weekend it didnt take long for the first images of the character to leak onto the net. Comingsoon.net were among the first to reveal the photos from the Toronto set showing The Killings Joel Kinnaman wearing the new suit. First impressions are that this is a huge departure from the Rob Bottin designed original, eschewing the metallic suit for a more practical but less robot-like more Batmanesque body armour with a helmet reminiscent of 80s TV show Streethawk. According to Drew McWeeny from HitFix, who has had the displeasure (his words) of reading the Joshua Zetumer and Nick Schenk screenplay, the film will see no less than four different incarnations of the suit. The only question is which version is revealed here? The decision to remake such an iconic and much loved film has always been considered a controversial move and it is understandable that Padilha would want to try something different for the design of the character but this seems to be far removed from the original and closer in design to Iron Man. At least we should be thankful that the suit seems to be a practical prop rather than a post-production CG addition and if this does turn out to be an early prototype in the movie there is still hope that the final suit might be something more familiar. Set for a summer 2013 release, the film is set in the year 2029 with multinational conglomerate OmniCorp 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 Alexs 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. RoboCop is being produced by Strike Entertainments Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Eric Carraro as Executive Producer.
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