Even though there’s no need to remake RoboCop (especially considering the epic finale in the original), it’s still pretty exciting that it will be directed by Elite Squad‘s José Padilha. His most recent film, Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within will be up for an Oscar in the foreign language category. Recently talking with Film 1, he explains why a RoboCop is urgently needed, and assures fans of the original that it’ll be different:
“I love the sharpness and political tone of ‘RoboCop’, and I think that such a film is now urgently needed. But I will not repeat what [Paul] Verhoeven has done so clearly and strongly. Instead I try to make a film that will address topics that Verhoeven untreated. If you are a man changes into a robot, how do you do that? What is the difference between humans and robots developed? What is free will? What does it mean to lose your free will? Those are the issues that I think.”
The original was about a cop who was near death and was drafted to become a powerful cyborg cop, until suppressed memories of his past life come back to haunt him. Peter Weller played the character in the original and the 1990 sequel.