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Joel Kinnaman Is Officially Your New 'RoboCop'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
March 3, 2012 12:02 PM
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Joining the ranks of Peter Weller, Robert John Burke ("RoboCop 3"), Richard Eden (the shortlived Canadian TV series), David Sobolov (the animated series "RoboCop: Alpha Commando") and Page Fletcher (the mini-series "RoboCop: Prime Directives"), Joel Kinnaman is now the latest actor to put on the metal helmet as Deadline confirms he will be the next RoboCop in the upcoming reboot.

It was just over a week ago that an offer was floated to the "Snabba Cash," "Safe House" and "The Killing" star and he has signed on the dotted line, marking his first big Hollywood tentpole. It's not the first time Kinnaman has flirted with a major studio project as Steven Soderbergh eyed him for his aborted "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." while David Dobkin had cast him in "Arthur & Lancelot" before Warner Bros. pulled the plug. But this project looks to be on more solid ground, with MGM developing this for the past little while, and with the deal closed, this thing is really happening.

As you might have gleaned from the intro, this franchise has been circling the drain for a while but MGM hopes that the script from rising scribe Josh Zetumer paired with direction by "Elite Squad" helmer José Padilha will kick this property back to life. That's certainly some strong creative talent, and Kinnaman is a great lead so they're off to a good start.

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8 Comments

  • richard eden | March 6, 2012 3:44 PMReply

    I would like to say good luck to Joel and the reboot of Robocop. I enjoyed playing Robocop in the series. It'll be great. "Or there will be trouble." Cheers,
    Richard Eden

  • sasha | March 4, 2012 9:39 PMReply

    the things I would do to land on his diq..

  • mpbstereo | March 3, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    How many times was Apollo retold in Ancient Greece? How many stories have there been about Sherlock Holmes? I grant you, neither of these are original film creations like RoboCop, but that's just further indication of where filmmaking is at in comparison to other, older forms of storytelling.

    Concordantly, as with the history of other forms of storytelling, I think we're getting to a point where re-telling a story gains or loses merit by the context. I'm usually the first one to bitch about remakes, but context is pretty important. Verhoeven's RoboCop is a gem of a satire about 80's consumerism, masked in excess violence. I would think we live in fairly interesting times to explore these themes again, and the developments that have taken place between then and now should be interesting to touch upon as well.

    Padilha is a strong talent behind the camera, The Elite Squad series were miles above the average Hollywood action thrillers. They had brains. I'm optimistic about this one.

  • mpbstereo | March 4, 2012 2:56 PM

    The original really is worth checking out, KT. Verhoeven really knocked it out of the park in many different regards.

    As an action movie, it may seem a little dated and quaint nowadays, but the over the top satiric elements (not even remotely suggested in the considerably inferior sequels) of 80's excess keep it relevant, in my mind.

  • KT | March 3, 2012 8:16 PM

    "Padilha is a strong talent behind the camera, The Elite Squad series were miles above the average Hollywood action thrillers. They had brains. I'm optimistic about this one."

    Exactly.

    This isn't a "Robocop" remake directed by McG or Michael Bay or Jonathan Liebesman written by the guy who wrote "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" starring Sam Worthington or Taylor Lautner.

    I couldn't care less about the original because the talent alone involved with this one has me interested.

  • Rah-al | March 3, 2012 3:14 PMReply

    Great just what we need, more remakes. Joel is too talented for this.

  • Huh? | March 3, 2012 10:27 PM

    "Joel is too talented for this." What? Is he too talented to play a character that isn't a f*&^ing moron, which is what he plays on The Killing.

  • a | March 3, 2012 8:14 PM

    I'm a huge fan of Verhoeven's Robocop, but I think this one will be interesting. José Padilha is directing.

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