By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)
Remaking a classic film is hard enough, but when the subject matter in question is still fresh in the minds of the geeks that obsess over it, then the task is all the more daunting. And, that is exactly what Joe Padilla is facing by remaking Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop.
The original is simply a one-of-a-kind movie, and something that will never be replicated. So while the Brazilian director Padilla tries to remake the film for the 21st century, the scrutiny he faces will last right up until its August 2013 release.
Amazingly, fan scepticism has already reached boiling point, after elements of the script were leaked onto Twitter, by Drew McWeeny from Hit Fix. Here’s just a small, semi-spoilerish sample (we don’t want to ruin things):
I’ll share this one detail. In the film, when Murphy is turned into Robocop 1.0, it’s described “a high-tech version of the ’80s suit.”
Then they show a focus group scene where criminals laugh at the design. “He looks like a toy from the ’80s!”
So they redesign him to look “meaner” as Robocop 2.0, who passes focus group approval.
So they not only make sure to include the original design, they also point out it’s dated and stupid. *facepalm*
Hold onto your sides for more hilarious “Robocop” details. They outsource his construction to China. #seriously
What is not surprising is that fans are disgruntled over both distinctions and similarities with the original. What is true is that some elements of the leaked script are disappointing. In particular the attempt to replicate the ironic humour of the original film, which seems heavy handed and crucially not funny.
There was some initial optimism when some of the casting choices were announced last month. They include; Gary Oldman, Hugh Laurie, Jackie Earle Haley, Samuel L Jackson and Joel Kinnaman (Murphy/RoboCop).
To be honest, when I heard Sam Jackson was part of the cast, my heart sank a little. Because, even though he has undoubted talent, he simply does not make his choices based on script quality, but rather on how big the budget is.
There is also the revelation of concept art (pictured) showing a very different style of RoboCop, which has further unsettled fans. (Editor’s note: we’ve heard that’s official artwork, but also could be fan art based on what we’ve heard.) However, the leaked script shows that, just like the original film, there will several different versions of RoboCop before officer Murphy is successfully suited and booted. I would also suggest that the success of the film will not be dependent on the look of the suit. What is far more important is the writing and over all style the picture, two elements that Verhoeven got right.