Fans of Brazilian director Jose Padilha’s gritty Elite Squad and the sequel Elite Squad: The Enemy Within will be excited to hear that he has big plans for MGM’s RoboCop reboot.
“RoboCop the first movie was fantastic,” he tells ComingSoon. “But even if there was no movie, the concept of RoboCop is brilliant, first because it lends itself to a lot of social criticism, but also because it poses a question, ‘To when do you lose your humanity?’ The way it does that is by replacing body parts with machine parts, and that’s very smart because guess what? It’s going to happen!”
Padilha plans to focus on that aspect of the process, giving a more in-depth look into what it takes to actually build a RoboCop. “I have my take on it,” he said. “And I can tell you this: In the first RoboCop when Alex Murphy is shot, gunned down, then 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?”
It’s nice to hear the mind behind a big reboot actually thinking about the deeper elements behind the RoboCop story. Hopefully, the results can match up to Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original.