September 6th, 2013
11:03 AM ET
In 2014's reboot of "RoboCop," we're back in Detroit and still facing ridiculous amounts of crime, but with a fresh, sleek suit for the starring cyborg to fight it with.
In the first trailer for director José Padilha's take on the 1987 film, "The Killing's" Joel Kinnaman is introduced as the new Alex Murphy, previously played by Peter Weller.
After suffering severe injuries in an accident, Kinnaman's Murphy is subjected to conglomerate OmniCorp's high-tech vision of a half-man, half-machine police officer.
The problem is that while his gear is snazzy and his programming top of the line, the emotional side of Murphy eventually learns to override the system.
Padilha is himself a fan of Paul Verhoeven's original "RoboCop," and he tells the Los Angeles Times that he wanted to push the 1987 story a bit further.
"I actually had a take ... which is we’re in the future, and drones have been replaced by robots and are being used all over the world for foreign policy and war," Padilha explained. "Kind of like instead of sending soldiers to Iraq, you send robots to Tehran."
With machines at war instead of humans, Padilha posits that would eradicate any "political pressure at home to end wars, because the reason why the Vietnam War ended is because soldiers were dying. When you take the soldiers away and you have robots, that opens a can of worms."
So for 2014's "RoboCop," the idea is that robots are in use everywhere in the world except America, "because Americans won’t accept that a robot can pull the trigger, that the robot can decide to take or not to take a person’s life in law enforcement. So this company is losing lots of money because it can’t sell robots in North America, so the solution is, 'Let’s put a man in the machine and sell that.' That was the premise of the movie that I said to (studio MGM) in the very first day, and because they wanted to do it, that’s why I’m here."
What do you think of the new "RoboCop's" backstory? "RoboCop," which also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton, will arrive on February 7, 2014.
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