Looks like the ‘Robocop’ remake is going to suck ass

by 8 years ago
Robocop

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Dreams are just dying all over the place today. So I was tentatively excited for the Robocop remake. Obviously it wasn’t going to be as good as the original (which is the best movie of all time), but I figured it could bring some good stuff to the table. The cast was strong – Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Hugh Laurie, for example – and Brazilian director Jose Padilha seemed to have a pretty good understanding of the material.

And then the script leaked.

Drew McWeeny, a writer for Hitfix and a pretty cool dude, got ahold of the script by Joshua Zetumer and Nick Schenk and proceeded to just rip it to shreds on his Twitter. Among the many missteps included in the script include making the titular cop a Transformer, able to change shape from “social mode” to “combat mode,” as well as sending Robocop after Al Quaeda. Here are some of McWeeny’s best tweets about the fiasco:

When this thing hits theaters, people are going to call up Len Wiseman’s “Total Recall” on the phone and apologize for being so mean.

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*

“He should be programmed to incapacitate in all scenarios.” “Agreed. Let’s keep him PG-13, Dr. Norton.” No. No. No. No.

Well, this isn’t good. Do you think a stinky script will sink the new Robocop? And how much did MGM buy that script for… a dollar?


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