'RoboCop' Reboot Trailer Revises Backstory of 1987 Original (Video)

Friday, 06 Sep 2013 09:45 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Fans of the 1987 original "RoboCop" will find a surprise in the first trailer of the movie reboot scheduled for release in 2014.

Released Thursday and already racking up big YouTube numbers, the trailer brings back memories of the original Detroit detective turned cyborg crime fighter, played originally by Peter Weller – but memories with a twist.

There's a revised RoboCop back story with Murphy, played this time around by Joel Kinnaman, critically injured from a car bomb instead of as in the 1987 version with him shot to death by gangster Clarence Boddicker and his cohorts, according to IMDb.com.

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Trailer viewers will also see glimpses of the reboot's A-list cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Michael Keating and Abbie Cornish, according to Entertainment Weekly. The 1987 "RoboCop" made $53 million at the box office and was nominated for two Academy Awards, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

Director Jose Padilha told the Los Angeles Times this week that the new "RoboCop" will be updated to reflect today's political climate while trying to keep the original's dark humor and satirical commentary.

Padilha told the Times that in his RoboCop future, robots have replaced humans to fight wars, saving lives American soldiers, but there is one glitch for the company that makes them.

"The premise of the movie is everywhere in the world, robots are allowed, except in 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," Padilha told Los Angeles Times. "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 them in the very first day, and because they wanted to do it, that’s why I’m here."

Padilha said "RoboCop" reboot will keep the political nature of the 1987 version, but told the Los Angeles Times that it is different from other superhero movies because the character is more machine than human being and is challenged in relating to his family and other people.

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