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RoboCop Remake Will Keep Satiric ‘Edge’ of Original, Padilha Says

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<i>RoboCop</i> Remake Will Keep Satiric ‘Edge’ of Original, Padilha Says

RoboCop fans have a lot to be excited about. Not only is there a new movie in the franchise set to come out in 2013, but unlike a lot of other ’80s rehashes, this one is in the seemingly capable hands of Brazilian director José Padilha.

Padilha has gained acclaim for his gritty, street-level Elite Squad movies, so he seems like a perfect fit for the franchise that at least started off as a sharp social commentary on the relationship between corporations, citizens and the bad things that can happen when one gets too much power over another. Padilha recently spoke to The Telegraph, adding only a few details and thoughts about the film.

“The satire element of RoboCop is, I think, needed today,” Padilha said. “That kind of social, aggressive satire I haven’t seen done well in movies lately. And it’s almost like the politics and violence in the world is asking for this: ‘Someone please make some satire now!’ So we’re going to keep that edge.”

With satire in mind, Padilha also will be opening the story up wider, focusing on an entire police force trying to protect the city from drug-dealing gangs. Crime runs deep through the city, infecting police and politicians, so RoboCop and his fellow officers will have quite a task in front of them.

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