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Jose Padilha promises RoboCop remake isn’t cashing in on superhero trend

06 September 2013

Following the release of the debut US trailer of the RoboCop remake, Director Jose Padilha has said that his explained that his film is not trying to cash in on the superhero trend.

Talking to the Los Angeles Times, the Brazilian filmmaker promised that his new version of Paul Verhoeven's '80s classic will retain the dark socio-political edge of the original as well as explaining that his Joel Kinnaman led film tackles the idea of drone warfare and the cost of human life in combat "Instead of sending soldiers to Iraq, you send robots to Tehran, this is how we open the movie, with American robots in Tehran, because Iran has been invaded.
The idea is, now soldiers don't die in wars, so there's no 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.

Ten years from now, this is going to be a reality. We're going to have to argue about it, whether we want automatic law enforcement or not, robots can be in wars or not. This is going to be debated in the UN. So we basically decided to use the concept of RoboCop to talk about that."

Explaining how RoboCop differs from the recent influx of comic book films, Padilha added "The thing that distinguishes RoboCop from most superhero movies is if you look at a movie like Spider-Man or Iron Man, every kid wants to be Spider-Man or aspires to be Iron Man.

So you can make a movie - and those movies are great and fun - based on that. You create an empathy between the audience and the character, and having great actors like they have in both movies, and great action scenes, that empathy carries the movie, and it makes it a fun movie."

RoboCop opens on February 7 next year and features the ensemble cast of Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Jennifer Ehle, Jackie Earle Haley, Miguel Ferrer and Zach Grenier.



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