It's tough to judge how fans will react to any given change in a popular franchise, but when something as iconic as Robocop gets a complete make-over, those most devoted to the property often take offense. This may be the rare exception though, as Robocop was a film made purely of its time. It seems the majority of those most likely to complain are actually embracing the noted changes, because they realize that 2012 needs a completely different movie than the one we got way back in 1987.
Still, RoboCop has one of the most iconic central figures in cinematic history. To mess with the costume might come as sacrilege to some. Especially the fact that director José Padilha is getting rid of the helmet so that we can see Joel Kinnaman's eyes through a see-through visor. As the actor explains it, they are making the half-cyborg, half-human cop a lot more human.
"RoboCop is going to be a lot more human. The first movie is one of my favorite movies. I love it. Of course, Paul Verhoeven has that very special tone, and it's not going to have that tone. It's a re-imagination of it. There's a lot of stuff from the original. There are some details and throwbacks, but this version is a much better acting piece, for Alex Murphy and especially when he is RoboCop. It's much more challenging. It's not going to be jaw action. They're still working on the suit and how it's going to look, but the visor is going to be see-through. You're going to see his eyes."
The actor then revealed that the movie will be dealing with real science and the study of neurons in the body.
"There's a lot of neuroscience now raising the question, 'Is all the intelligence in the human body in the brain?' and they're finding out that, no, it's not like that. The body has intelligence itself, and we're much more of an organic creature in that way. It's not a control tower that does everything."
One of the more gruesome scenes in the original, which sees Murphy being shot to death, is going to be toned down. There will be no complete on-screen decimation of the man's hand this time around.
"Yeah. It's going to be different. But it's very good. I was looking to do a big movie and to show that I can carry a big movie, and I couldn't be happier that this is going to be one of those big movies, a blockbuster, but that is also a real movie. A movie-movie. It's going to have a political satire to it too. I'm super stoked. Especially with this director. José Padilha is a badass. He's the real deal."
We'll have more from Joel Kinnaman about the future of RoboCop, so stay tuned. In the meantime, let us know what you think of these changes to RoboCop iconic look.