Samuel L. Jackson Joins RoboCop Remake, Original Cast & Crew Reunite

He will play Pat Novak, a powerful media mogul and character that was not in the original.

"I used to be like €œWhy are we doing a remake? What are remakes being done for?€ But then, we do that all the time in the theater. If we weren€™t doing remakes, nobody would know who Shakespeare was, I'm not saying that RoboCop is Shakespeare, but that€™s what we do as human beings. We retell our favorite stories. That€™s what we€™ve done since we were sitting around campfires. It€™s a part of the human spirit. It doesn€™t have to be negative to creativity.€ €œThat€™s how you can break new ground, by rethinking something that€™s already been done, José has a completely different take on this than Verhoeven had, and everybody that€™s involved in this movie loved the original and we have a lot of respect for it. We€™re going to have a lot of throwbacks and there€™s going to be a lot of fun stuff for the fans of the first movie. It€™s a new story within the old one.€
The ''story within the old one'' comment is similar to the previous comments made by the director Jose Padilha;
€œIn the first RoboCop when Alex Murphy is shot, gunned down, 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?€
Either way, the RoboCop remake has a strong cast, fingers crossed other vital elements like the script (recently re-written by The Amazing Spider-Man and Zodiac scribe James Vanderbilt) and story have an equal amount of attention paid to them. Filming is set to begin later this summer for a tentative release of August 9th, 2013. Meanwhile, the original RoboCop celebrated its 25th anniversary at the James Bridges Theater in LA by reuniting most of the cast and crew including Paul Verhoeven and Peter Weller. The event included a screening of the film followed by a on stage talk between Paul Verhoeven, Peter Weller, Nancy Allen (Anne Lewis), Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner (co-writer's of RoboCop) and Phil Tippett (ED-209 visual effects designer) You can see photographs from the event and the video of the talk below.
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