First Official Plot Synopsis for José Padilha's ROBOCOP Debuts

First Official Plot Synopsis for José Padilha's ROBOCOP Debuts

Yesterday, a press release concerning the distribution rights of the movie in Western Europe was revealed, and it also includes the first official synopsis for José Padilha's remake of Paul Verhoven's sci-fi classic, RoboCop. Check it out after the jump.

Studio Canal has recently acquired the United Kingdom, German, and French rights for José Padilha's reboot/remake movie, RoboCop, and following that, we have a press release which includes the official plot synopsis of the movie.....

Los Angeles, CA (July 11, 2012) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) today announced that Studio Canal has acquired rights to RoboCop, MGM and Sony’s reboot of the 1987 sci-fi action classic, in the UK, France and Germany. Studio Canal will release director José Padilha’s RoboCop theatrically and across platforms including video, VOD and television, with certain limited exceptions. The announcement was made by Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officers of MGM, and Olivier Courson, Chairman and CEO of Studio Canal.

"MGM is thrilled to be bringing RoboCop back to the big screen," said Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officers of MGM. "Studio Canal is the ideal partner to help us share the reimagined, action-packed classic with audiences in the UK, France and Germany."

"Studio Canal is extremely happy to be partnering with MGM on RoboCop. We have been admirers of the director José Padilha since we first saw and distributed the award winning Elite Squad in the United Kingdom. As film fans, we cannot wait to see his vision of this new RoboCop with such an incredible cast including Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, and Samuel Jackson and with producers like Marc Abraham and Eric Newman," said Olivier Courson, Chairman and CEO of Studio Canal.

In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

Director José Padilha (Elite Squad) reimagines the tale of part man, part machine, all cop starring Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) as the title character, Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) as the scientist who creates RoboCop, and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) as media mogul Pat Novak. RoboCop is being produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Eric Carraro as Executive Producer. The film is currently in pre-production and slated for a summer 2013 release.

Studio Canal will release RoboCop theatrically in the UK, France and Germany in 2013. Studio Canal acquired the rights to the film for 20 years.

It indeed doesn't reveal much, but the overall premise sure sounds familiar; a possible indication that it doesn't try to deviate much from Paul Verhoven's original version. So, what do you think of this? As usual, sound off with your thoughts on the space provided below.

José Padilha's RoboCop is a remake of Paul Verhoven's sci-fi classic movie of the same name. It currently stars Joel Kinnaman in the title role, with a line of impressive supporting cast that includes Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, and Hugh Laurie. The movie is set to be released on August 9, 2013.

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PartyHard - 7/13/2012, 1:51 AM
I can understand trying to remake something based on a comic book or novel if the first movie didn't capture everything about the source material, and there is still something new to bring to the table, but what the actual [frick] is the point of remaking a completely original movie like this? Just make something new. It's not like there isn't a massive wealth of science fiction stories out there waiting to be made.
Vafrous - 7/13/2012, 2:03 AM
I'll give this a chance...
Unionjack - 7/13/2012, 2:39 AM
What i find interesting, is that according to this, Murphy doesn't die and his body be used as Robocop. This time he lives.

Let's just hope it doesn't end up being like Inspector Gadget !!!
Vafrous - 7/13/2012, 2:47 AM
Anyone remember that RoboCop tv show?
DukeAcureds - 7/13/2012, 2:58 AM
I'm liking this less and less and I was never that crazy about the idea, to begin with.
Screwger - 7/13/2012, 3:06 AM
So, Murphy Not dying he's just augmented. It sound too much like Deus EX: Human Revolution plot when Adam Jensen get critically injured on duty and then they turn him into cool cyborg but he's still alive.
Wez - 7/13/2012, 3:15 AM
Sounds like he's going to be more like the six million dollar man! Bit dubious of this project
CorndogBurglar - 7/13/2012, 3:26 AM
First people complain that they're remaking it and it sounds exactly the same, no people complain that they changed something.

So whay if he doesnt actually die? In the old movie, his brain was still alive because he could remember shit from his old life. Is it really that much of a difference? Its not like they're making him an alien or something like TMNT.
pro346 - 7/13/2012, 3:37 AM
@corndogburglar couldn't agree more.....that's how he was created in the original wasn't he.
pro346 - 7/13/2012, 3:41 AM
Murphy was still alive and the robocop part of him never fully took over that was the whole point of the original......some organic parts of his body remained that's why he had to eat actual food, have some of the people commenting on here actually seen the originals.
brickwall - 7/13/2012, 3:41 AM
LOL @Tea

demonizer84 - 7/13/2012, 4:42 AM
lol yes grif shit movie, i saw it last night n couldnt agree more i thought what a bag of tripe, how dare they do this to a franchise, n then it hit me... BOOM this movie aint even been made yet so how can it be a shit movie how can i pass judgement on it, silly me ey
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 7/13/2012, 5:39 AM
@ demonizer84 - LMFAO!! Now that's how you handle a bad comment! Classy :-)
AlexDeLarge87 - 7/13/2012, 6:22 AM
I dont judge yet.
Fogs - 7/13/2012, 7:05 AM
Who knows? Maybe it's good. The cast is good, at least.
R888 - 7/13/2012, 7:12 AM
The cast is very good, Im looking forward to this
DarthTesla - 7/13/2012, 7:18 AM
I just hope Murphy isn't made to be bionic or some bullshit. He needs an actual fulll robotic suit, in my opinion. Not just like a Kano eye or something.
Opt1mu5Pr1m4l - 7/13/2012, 7:20 AM
zachshivey - 7/13/2012, 7:35 AM
I just really hope they use the old theme song...
kingkrikkit - 7/13/2012, 7:42 AM
"He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before." Sounds like hes considered still human or looks human as they say "He returns..." "with new abilities", which to me means he looks a lot more human but with upgrades,i.e. more man than machine... dont like it.
MadTitan - 7/13/2012, 7:44 AM
unlike grief,i would like to give this one a chance. lol
smgmayhem - 7/13/2012, 8:21 AM
I think a lot of people miss the point of a reboot, although I could agree that some movies should never be rebooted, others can stand to have an upgrade. Robocop was probably ahead of its time when it came out in terms of its story and graphics. The one thing I see being changed is the fact with today's technology the image of the movie becomes almost realistic. Think of the Total Recall remake the graphics are stunning. So people please stop crying over these reboots, the original is still there it's not like they burn the old ones for the new. And if you cannot stand it then don't watch them, I bet every single person that says they "hate" the reboots go to see them anyway.
GUNSMITH - 7/13/2012, 8:54 AM

LOL - 7/13/2012, 9:25 AM
"....After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before....."

This somewhat reminds me of a similar premise: The Six Million Dollar Man.
NeoBaggins - 7/13/2012, 9:57 AM
We've got the future under control

Nice to see an actor expanding into other areas. The Rock is making tag-lines now. Cool.

Cause, as we know.... the world ain't saving itself.

Rowsdower - 7/13/2012, 10:57 AM
Everything in this is going to look like Transformers and Iron Man. And everyone on this site will love it of course.
Wrencher - 7/13/2012, 11:12 AM
i'll give this a shot, only because José Padilha is directing... that guy is a GENIUS. if alex murphy be as cool as captain nascimento... is fine by me.
Wrencher - 7/13/2012, 11:15 AM
oh yeah.. check those videos..
CharlesLord - 7/13/2012, 11:29 AM
so does this means that Sam Jackson is the "I'd buy that for a dollar" guy?
Edd209 - 7/13/2012, 4:01 PM
Read that yesterday on the net. Good that they have now mentioned the main premise, and sticking to the original theme. They should just have a Robo website for mentioning this stuff and not that crappy OmniCorp one!

Two main areas that interested me in the original were:

1. amalgamation of human and machine and what that means to Murphy and future possibilities. I keep reading Padilha is pretty clued up on modern day robotics so he should be able to create some very interesting scenerios in the film.

2. Stop motion animation. Not only do I love it but it also gives you a real physical character to see on the screen. The new Ed 209 is looking very CGI. I hope there is isn't too much CGI in the new movie as I may as well go watch a video game.
mgeoff88 - 7/13/2012, 5:26 PM
Wow, so they don't bring him back to life, they save him from dying in the remake. That's interesting.

I'm still not sold Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy. The rest of the cast is great though.
spidey1994 - 7/14/2012, 4:21 AM
No mention of Hugh Laurie?

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