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Samuel L. Jackson Is "Rush Sharpton" In New 'Robocop' Trailer - Asks Why Americans Are Robophobic

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 7, 2013 4:54 PM
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Samuel L. Jackson, Michael K. Williams and Marianne Jean-Baptiste are all co-starring in MGM's upcoming reboot of Robocop, helmed by Brazilian director Jose Padilha (probably best know for Elite Squad, and its sequel).

Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) stars as the title character, and Gary Oldman will play the mad scientist who created him.

Jackson plays a character named Pat Novak, a charismatic TV mogul and a powerful force in the Robocop world who Jackson himself describes as "a combination of Rush Limbaugh and Al Sharpton," referring to him as "Rush Sharpton;" Williams plays Robocop's partner; and Jean-Baptiste is Police Chief Karen Dean.

Its official synopsis reads:

In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre 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 utilises 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.

A better trailer than the first one, but, this isn't a film that I have any interest in seeing. The original Robocop franchise was more than enough for me. The first film was enough. 

I predict another mega-budgeted Hollywood studio failure.

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  • D.C. Kirkwood | November 11, 2013 9:47 AMReply

    I was very skeptical but Im looking forward to seeing this. I like the fact that Michael Keaton is a part of this. Im not familiar with the lead actor which is a good thing in some cases. He's a fresh face to me and he looks to be a convincing actor. Samuel Jackson on the other hand is just being Samuel Jackson, which is off the wall crazy. Im so over him, I can't take hime serious anything. He needs a new image.

  • Josh | November 7, 2013 6:10 PMReply

    Looks pretty good for a february movie. Just don't like that he's killed by a car bomb in this one.

  • Daniel | November 7, 2013 6:01 PMReply

    You guys are nuts. This movie looks like it could actually be promising. First of all, the talent involved is telling. Both in front of and behind the camera.

    Secondly, they didn't just try and remake the same film. They introduced a lot of new themes by incorporating the current debate we're having about the use of drones in warfare. Could be the surprise of the year like Rise of the Planet of the Apes was.

  • Miles Ellison | November 10, 2013 5:27 PM

    People that care about the intricacies of the drone warfare debate aren't likely to watch this movie. People that just want to see things blow up don't want to see a wonky film about the ethics and civil rights implications of drone use. And is Jose Padhila so much better than Paul Verhoeven as a director that anyone who cares about such things should be interested?

  • Stick | November 7, 2013 6:08 PM

    "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was the 2011 surprise of the year? Wow, okay.

    You must work for Tyler Perry.

  • Boone | November 7, 2013 5:46 PMReply

    MGM should use their money to feed the poor instead of re-making this movie.

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