José Padilha‘s remake of the sci-fi classic Robocop isn’t slated for release until the summer of 2013, but today Comic Book Movie is reporting that MGM has publicly revealed the first official plot synopsis.
Check it out below:
In RoboCop, the year is 2029 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 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.
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 Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Eric Carraro as Executive Producer. The film is currently in pre-production and slated for a summer 2013 release.
Sounding much like Paul Verhoven‘s original story, it looks like Padilha may be giving us something closer to a remake instead of a character reboot.
With Robocop‘s theatrical release still a year away though, it’s no surprise the first synopsis doesn’t give away any juicy tidbits or in-depth analysis, as marketing still has plenty of time to drum up excitement.
Starring as the title cyborg himself, Joel Kinnaman is joined on-screen by Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Abbie Cornish. Reports that Hugh Laurie has entered talks to play the villain are also rumored, but that’s not official just yet.
After watching both of Padilha’s action packed Elite Squad films, I’m certainly excited to see how the budding director will separate his remake from Verhoven’s original. This remake is packed with potential and I think it’s going to deliver on all fronts.