Joel Kinnaman on the new Robocop

News Glen Chapman 6 Jun 2012 - 06:51

The new RoboCop/Alex Murphy shares his thoughts on the upcoming remake. and his excitement at working with Gary Oldman

The remake of Robocop is pressing ahead, with Jose Padilha at the help and Joel Kinnaman set for the Murphy role. What's more, we also had the recent casting of Gary Oldman in a pivotal role as the creator of Robocop. And Joel Kinnaman has recently spared some of his time to chat about the movie with Collider.

 "I used to be like “Why are we doing a remake? What are remakes being done for?”  But then, we do that all the time in the theatre. If we weren’t doing remakes, nobody would know who Shakespeare was, I'm not saying that Robocop is Shakespeare, but that’s what we do as human beings. We retell our favourite stories. That’s what we’ve done since we were sitting around campfires. It’s a part of the human spirit. It doesn’t have to be negative to creativity.” 

He continued: “That’s how you can break new ground, by rethinking something that’s already been done, José has a completely different take on this than Verhoeven had, and everybody that’s involved in this movie loved the original and we have a lot of respect for it. We’re going to have a lot of throwbacks and there’s going to be a lot of fun stuff for the fans of the first movie. It’s a new story within the old one.”

 Kinnaman also shares his feelings about the casting of Gary Oldman as Robocop's creator, saying it  "feels about as surreal as me being Robocop. He’s pretty much the grand master of the game. He’s in his golden age.  I’m very, very excited and we have great scenes that have a lot of the substance that I was talking about. It’s very much a relationship between Gary Oldman’s character and Alex Murphy.”

Sounds good to us. There's a little over a year to wait now, as the new RoboCop has a UK release date of 9th August 2013.

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I've been pretty wary of this remake, but it's becoming more intriguing as time goes by. It will be interesting to see the direction the makers take with this...

While I'm still unsure of how I'll take to a remake of this, he does make a pretty good point - plays are constantly remade.

Yeah...reasonably interested in this one. If it's rubbish then at least it will prompt me to watch the original again.

Is this the place to admit that I secretly love the Robocop TV movie trilogy?

There's an almighty big difference between retelling favourite stories for the love of the art and to make money.  BIG difference.

Lets get one thing straight. Robocop was much, much better than any Shakespeare I have seen. Lets hope they come up with some good ideas as they'll have to be good ones to make a better remake...

Can you fly Bobby? He he.

Good luck on capturing the essence and shear brilliance of the original. The 1987 version is so deep I seriously doubt anyone can rival it.

Good luck Frank!

Bitches Leave!! No godamn William Shakesphere ever coined that phrase....

I don't think there is anyplace safe to ever admit that.  While you're at it you may as well say that the third movie was the best in of the three.  You may be hunted down and stoned to death, but thats the way it goes.  Dead or Alive, you're coming with me.
Having said that, having Oldman attached can only be a good thing.  Its not like he chooses crap movies (Often) unlike other actors I could name.  (Nic Cage, I'm looking at you here)

The thing I have to ask about any remake is; "Wouldn't it be cheaper for the producers to just clean up the original print and just re-release it in the cinema?"

lol I love it for totally different reasons than the original movie (the TV movies are currently on Lovefilm so I may rewatch as I've discovered there is actually a fourth!).

This remake may well be a good way to comment on how much the real world has caught up with the original movie and take a look at where the modern world is heading once more.  I just hope the script and direction give the great cast something to do.

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