MGM’s remake of RoboCop has been in development for a few years, but now that the studio has emerged from its recent financial troubles, it looks like the project is on the fast track. Jose Padilha, who directed Elite Squad and the excellent Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, is directing, and according to Deadline, the studio has just made an offer to Joel Kinnaman to play the titular hero.
Kinnaman is a Swedish actor who stars in AMC’s television series “The Killing,” but recently he’s appeared in small roles in Safe House and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo remake. He also starred in Safe House director Daniel Espinosa’s popular film Snabba Cash (aka Easy Money), and will be reprising his role in a sequel. I haven’t seen Kinnaman in a large role before, so I’m not sure how he’ll handle carrying an entire film – and franchise, most likely – on his shoulders. But I’m confident Padilha’s direction will make this version of RoboCop worthwhile. I watched Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original recently, and this may be movie geek blasphemy, but it’s not very good. I’m hoping Padilha and writer Josh Zetumer can update the story and give us a movie that will stand the test of time and avoid the dated feel of the first film.