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MGM and Sony have just released the new trailer and poster for Jose Padilha's remake of Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop. The film takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of taking blown-apart cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and turning him into a cyborg police officer. The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops that the company hopes to put in every city around the country, but obviously things don’t go as planned. For me, this trailer is not a good sign. None of the action looks particularly interesting and the few laugh lines ("Robophobic", "Good Cop/RoboCop") land with a thud. I think we could be looking at a movie that's just as pointless as the remake of Verhoeven's Total Recall.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson. RoboCop opens February 12, 2014.
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Here’s the official synopsis for RoboCop:
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, ...
This new poster from director José Padilha's RoboCop borrows a line from the 1987 original, but with one important difference. That difference is likely a stand-in for the changes from the ultra-violent and satirical Paul Verhoeven film to the rebooted property that must earn its keep and prove to audiences it's a worthwhile standalone film. The first trailer was rather divisive, but I'll wait to see the film itself before making any solid judgments. These first official images, however, are quite nice in any event.
Hit the jump to check out the full poster. Also starring Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel and Jackie Earle Haley, RoboCop opens February 7, 2014.
Check out the new poster from RoboCop:
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For those of you who are unfamiliar with the original line delivered by Peter Weller in the original film, we've provided it for you below:
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Jose Padilha’s remake of RoboCop. While it's already getting plenty of snark from internet grumps, I rather enjoyed this first look at the new film. Sure, it's got a bit of a Total Recall or [insert recent sci-fi movie] vibe going on, but there's plenty here to suggest that the filmmakers will give nods to fans of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original while putting their own stamp on the new iteration. Star Joel Kinnaman looks to be charismatic as Alex Murphy, a trait that he'll struggle to regain once making his transformation. There's plenty of screentime to go around as we also get looks at Samuel L. Jackson's media mogul, Michael Keaton's string-pulling CEO and Gary Oldman's conflicted scientist. There's plenty to look forward to, so let's not lose our collective shit just yet.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, and Jackie Earle Haley. RoboCop opens February 7, 2014.
Click over to Apple to watch in HD. While the trailer does a nice job at setting up the story, it almost gives too much away (ie what happens to Murphy to set him up as RoboCop and where the plot goes from there to what is, presumably, the third act). As is the case with many trailers these days, a bit of spoilery caution is advised.
Here's the official synopsis for RoboCop:
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. ...
From the moment we saw the RoboCop set images, we knew a movie we adored was getting a solid reboot. The cast of the RoboCop reboot arrived in San Diego for Comic-Con ready to talk about giving a fresh take to a classic action movie. Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, RoboCop himself, Joel Kinnaman, and director Jose Padilha could not have been more open about what audiences can expect when the roboticized policeman hits the streets February 7, 2014
First up, we ask the veterans of the movie franchise business -- Jackson and Keaton -- how making a film in a series differs from other artistic endeavors. “I think the biggest challenges for franchises are keeping them fresh and exciting, and most times, you need a good bad guy to make that thing continually work, and sometimes they don’t,” Jackson, veteran of the Star Wars and Marvel movies, said.
“I’ve been fortunate. I’ve been in some really good franchise films, you know, Star Wars and now the Marvel series. You have to have fresh characters coming in that make audiences want to see them and relate to them in that specific way because it takes a while to make these things happen. It’s like I keep asking the guys at Pixar why we didn’t make Incredibles 2 and nobody can tell me. Personally, I think it’s because they raised the bar so high. You don’t live up to the expectations that the first thing presented.”
For Keaton, who was the first of the modern era to appear in the Batman movies, admits that he finds filming a movie… is filming a movie. “The challenge is the same,” Keaton admitted.
“I’m not the person directing them or producing them so that would be a good question for that guy, but I go about the work the same way. Small movie, small role, giant movie, giant role -- work is work. You’ve got to tell the truth and show up.”
The man who was Batman also reported that being keenly aware of what it is you are creating is an immense asset.
“You have to be realistic also about what you’re making. Clearly, these things are giant entertainment so there are certain decisions you make,” he said. “Even though you’re staying true to character, you go, yeah, you can have some fun here because by and large you know who the audience is going to be and you’re going to give them what they want in that audience.”
“I always try to make the movie I want to go see,” Jackson adds.
“Even if it’s morally irresponsible?” Keaton wonders of his co-star.
To which, Jackson responds, “Especially that!”
As they both laugh, we turn to the film’s star, Kinnaman. If anyone is more fit to play the part of RoboCop, it appears it’s him. “I’d probably seen RoboCop like 25 or 30 times. I started rehearsing my RoboCop walk way before I even became an actor. So I was pretty well versed in the Robo walk,” Kinnaman said.
He cautions other than the theme, audiences should expect a whole new journey, as previewed in the RoboCop teaser. “The 1987 vision of where robotics would be is very different from the 2013 vision of where robotics would be and how a robot would move 15 years into the future,” Kinnaman said.
“So when I got the suit on, I had some ideas. We went for more of a superhuman approach to his movement pattern, but then we added in some more robotic movement to it.”
Keaton on the other hand, revealed he was a RoboCop novice and welcomed the chance to put his stamp on a modern version of an iconic film. “I know very little about the original RoboCop. I’ve seen bits and pieces of it. So, my decision was based on a script that I read that I felt was pretty smart and well written,” he said.
The first RoboCop utilized forward thinking in the sense of it painting a future ruled by ruthless corporations. One can argue whether our world is currently inhabited by “ruthless” businesses. But, one thing is certain: The corporate mentality permeates our society.
“I would actually claim that the corporations are the government,” director Padilha said.
“In the first movie, there was all the satire with the ads, the over-the-top corporation ads selling something that clearly was not the case. We do the same satire in our movie, but instead of using ads, we go for the media. To me, RoboCop is a beautiful story about Alex Murphy and this corporation that thinks it owns him because they created the parts that brought him back to life, but they can’t own Alex Murphy.”
Padilha felt for his star and having to wear the Robo costume. “The suit is hot. That’s the only thing. He wants to get in and out quick,” Padilha said.
“It’s a bit of a torture device. I was so glad that…” Kinnaman said before being interrupted by the man who was Batman.
“Bullshit! I’ve seen his suit. It’s air cooled,” Keaton interjected. “I was the pioneer of bad suits. His suit is for sissies.”
While at Comic-Con this weekend for a presentation in Hall H, co-stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, and director Jose Padilha spoke to the press about their new futuristic sci-fi thriller, Robocop, a reimagining of the 1980s cult classic. In the year 2028, the multinational conglomerate, OmniCorp, is at the center of robot technology. In a Detroit ravaged by crime, OmniCorp sees an opening for the perfect policeman – a robot that can clean up the city without putting polices lives at risk. The idea of a robot pulling the trigger makes people anxious, but they find a compromise in Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) and discover what happens when man and machine unite.
During the interview, they talked about their reactions when they first heard there would be a new Robocop and read the script, how the original story and themes inspired the modern film and what they brought from the original, why iconic lines from the first film didn’t make it into the second, the importance of making an entertaining film that is also morally intelligent, the relationship between fascism and robotics, what it’s like to play iconic characters in iconic movies, and how dope it would be if you could remake earlier groundbreaking films with today’s technology. Check out what they have to say after the jump.
Sam, what was your reaction when you first heard there was going to be a new RoboCop?
Samuel L. Jackson: Why me? (laughs) Because I’m the oldest person up here and ...
Last year, Total Recall provided an important reminder: It’s very dangerous to try and remake Paul Verhoeven. He not only made off-kilter blockbuster movies, but he made them in a time when a director could get away with off-kilter blockbuster movies. The R-rating definitely helped, but there was also a strangeness that some could find off-putting. The original RoboCop has its share off odd moments, but what stands out more than the action scenes is the satire like the fake commercials. My biggest question about the remake was if they would carry over the social commentary, or make a forgettable action film featuring a killer cyborg police officer. I got closer to an answer at this afternoon’s Comic-Con panel for the film where Sony showed the first footage from the remake.
Hit the jump for my recap of the panel. RoboCop opens February 7, 2014.
Opens with Samuel L. Jackson as a Bill O’Reilly figure Pat Novak, host of the “The Novak Element” and showcasing the military “promoting peace and freedom abroad”. We then lead into seeing machines overseas operating in a military capacity in “Operation Freedom Tehran”. “Where loacals have embraced the robots,” says a chirpy reporter, but we see citizens holding up their hands to be scanned. Novak asks why we can’t use these machines at home. “Why is America so robophobic?”
We then cut to a congressional panel where weapons manufacturer Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) says putting the machines on the streets will save human lives. But of course, we ...
A number of films centering on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are in the works at the moment, but the one that seems to be gaining the most momentum comes from Gods and Monsters director Bill Condon. Just this past July we learned that Jeremy Renner was keen on playing Assange in DreamWorks’ iteration of the story, but now Deadline hears that Sherlock and Star Trek 2 star Benedict Cumberbatch is the one being discussed for the role. Moreover, the studio is also mulling over the idea of The Killing and RoboCop star Joel Kinnaman playing Assange’s right hand man, Daniel Domscheit.
Cumberbatch and Kinnaman certainly have the acting chops to pull this off, but no solid conversations appear to have taken place just yet. Condon hasn’t officially committed to directing yet either (though he’s likely to), but one assumes he’d be happy to helm a character-centered drama like this in the wake of directing the two-part Twilight finale. Hopefully we hear more firm word soon, but a Cumberbatch/Kinnaman team-up sounds like a solid idea.
A new trailer for The Weinstein Company's U.S. release of the Swedish thriller Easy Money (Snabba Cash) has landed online. The pic is based on a novel by Swedish author Jens Lapidus and follows a taxi driver (Joel Kinnaman) in Stockholm who gets caught up in a drug-running operation. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), the film made a splash in Sweden when it was released in 2010. Kinnaman has since found success in the U.S. on the AMC series The Killing, and he’s set as the lead in the upcoming RoboCop reboot. Martin Scorsese has attached his named to the U.S. release of the film, and this trailer does a good job of selling the action to audiences who may be averse to reading subtitles.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Matias Padin Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Lisa Henni, Dejan ?uki?, Annika Whittembury, Lea Stojanov, and Fares Fares. Easy Money opens on July 11th.
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Here’s the synopsis for Easy Money:
Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), EASY MONEY is a Swedish crime thriller based on the international best-selling novel Snabba Cash by Jens Lapidus. Lower-class business student JW (Joel Kinnaman from AMC's 'The Killing') falls in love with a sexy heiress while living a double life mingling with Stockholm's wealthy elite. To keep up the facade of his lifestyle, he's lured into a world of crime. Jorge is a petty fugitive on the run from both the police and Serbian mafia. He ...
Joel Kinnaman, the Swedish actor best known for his breakout role in AMC’s hit series The Killing, plays a pivotal role in Lola Versus as Lola’s (Greta Gerwig) erstwhile fiancé, Luke, a handsome and sensitive visual artist who is preparing for a prestigious solo show of his paintings based on images from celebrity sex tapes. When he breaks off their engagement just weeks before the wedding, Lola spirals out of control as she struggles to adjust to her new life as a suddenly single woman in the city. Kinnaman plays Luke as a thoughtful guy who realizes he can’t marry Lola right now and he manages to keep the character sympathetic even after he dumps her.
Recently we spoke by phone to Kinnaman in London about his contemporary romantic comedy, Lola Versus, which opens in theaters on June 8th. He told us what drew him to the project, what it was about the character that spoke to him when he read the script, how he views the differences in gender politics between the U.S. and Scandinavia, what the directing process was like with Daryl Wein, and why he enjoyed shooting on location in New York. He also discussed his upcoming role in the RoboCop reboot which starts filming in September. He talked to us about working with director José Padilha, being a fan of the original film directed by Paul Verhoeven, how Padilha plans to make the remake different from Verhoeven’s version while still throwing in nods ...
MGM is moving forward with the reboot of ROBOCOP with the announcement of Joel Kinnaman attached to star, but now the cast has just received an additional shot in the arm with the casting of Gary Oldman. Oldman is poised to co-star in the upcoming THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and has been known to play great villains in his many years in front of the camera. This time though, Oldman is staid to be playing the scientist that creates the marvel of robotic law enforcement.
Filming has not yet started on the project but as of right now it carries a projected August 9, 2013 release date. Jose Padiha is attached to direct the reboot. ROBOCOP is the story of a cop, Alex Murphy who is seemingly killed in the line of duty before an experimental program gives him new life in the hands of scientists that have created a robot programmed to uphold the law with extreme prejudice. The title character was previously played by Peter Weller in the film directed by Paul Verhoeven.
What do you think of Gary Oldman’s casting?
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