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10 Reasons Why The Original 'RoboCop' Can't Be Beaten By The Remake

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 13, 2014 1:01 PM
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With the remake of Paul Verhoeven's "RoboCop" lumbering mechanically into theaters nationwide this week, there has been a lot of talk, online and elsewhere, about how the remake simply cannot live up to the 1987 original. But what there's been precious little of is a discussion of why the original film is so highly regarded; instead the deafening pre-release backlash just seems like a general kind of foggy, nostalgia-tinged outrage that is both inarticulate and unhelpful. And, all things considered, the remake isn't all that bad; read our colleague's review here. Still, there's no question that the remake won't manage to have the same kind of impact the original did, so we're taking this chance (having longed for one for a while) to look back to the future of Detroit, and examine exactly why that original film felt so fresh and new.

Review: 'RoboCop' Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 5, 2014 1:00 PM
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Robocop
Every movie should be approached with an open mind. Ideally, be it a film from Martin Scorsese or Friedberg and Seltzer, a reviewer should be going in without expectations, ready to play it as it lays. But it'd be dishonest to pretend that that was the case going in to "RoboCop," because it's a long-delayed remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1980s cult action sci-fi classic that, based at least on early buzz and previews, does without much of what made the original special — the satirical bite, the extreme violence, the hand-crafted effects et al. As such, even the most even-handed person could be forgiven for going in with a heavy heart, especially with the smell of the abysmal "Total Recall" redo still lingering like a fish head behind a radiator.

'RoboCop' Director Jose Padilha Set To Direct True Crime Thriller 'The Brotherhood' For Warner Bros.

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 10, 2013 6:08 PM
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Jose Padilha
Early word was that Jose Padilha, the Brazilian filmmaker whose unbelievably intense "Elite Squad" films had cinema-goers chewing off their fingernails the world over, had kind of a rough time on his big budget remake of "RoboCop" for MGM. Of course reports varied, but it seems the experience on that $100 million film wasn't too painfully awful, since he has signed on for another American project, and this time it's a true crime story called "The Brotherhood" for Warner Bros.

Jose Padilha Says 'Elite Squad' Sequel Is His Scorsese-Like Take On Cops & Politics In Brazil

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 28, 2011 10:25 AM
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Brazilian Auteur Talks "Fascist Vs. Marxist" Perspective In Filmmaking, Police Corruption, Social Politics & MoreJose Padilha may currently be best known for directing the upcoming remake of Paul Verhoeven’s “RoboCop,” but rest assured that the Brazilian filmmaker is anything but a purveyor of style brought in to polish off a classic property. His previous work, including the documentary “Bus 174,” the police thriller “Elite Squad,” and its new sequel “The Enemy Within,” was not only hugely successful in his native Brazil, but it was all distinguished by a sophisticated, incisive commentary on contemporary culture which will undoubtedly come in handy as he revisits Verhoeven’s iconic satire.

Exclusive: José Padilha Downplays Michael Fassbender Talk, Explains How He'll Rebuild 'RoboCop'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 25, 2011 7:35 AM
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Director Says No One's Been Cast In Remake, Was Just Listing Off Actors He LikesJosé Padilha may be in the midst of conducting interviews for his current film, “Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within,” but he has a clear eye on what he’s doing next: a remake of Paul Verhoeven’s “RoboCop.” Speaking to The Playlist in Austin, Texas, where the filmmaker is hosting screenings of “Elite Squad 2” at Fantastic Fest, Padilha offered some insights how his “Robocop” will be similar – and different – than Verhoeven’s original.

'Elite Squad' Director Jose Padilha Taking On Kathryn Bigelow With Actioner 'Tri-Border'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 26, 2011 1:20 AM
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"The Hurt Locker" Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow might have a big head start over the competition with her Osama Bin Laden project, which just got picked up by Sony, but switching over to that film means that another of her projects has some competition that might well pip it to the post. Bigelow was originally meant to follow up her awards success by reteaming with writer Mark Boal (who's also writing the Bin Laden project) on "Triple Frontier," an action-drama starring Tom Hanks (and potentially Johnny Depp as well), a "Traffic"-style multi-stranded tale focusing on the border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, a crime-ridden area rife with drug traffickers.

Doug Liman, Mark Romanek, James Mangold & Antoine Fuqua Reportedly Top The 'Wolverine' Wishlist

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 25, 2011 10:32 AM
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Other Directors Apparently In Contention For The Gig Include, Justin Lin, Jose Padilha, Gavin O'Connor & Gary Shore20th Century Fox has a history and it's not always a good one. While Darren Aronofsky left "The Wolverine" project under the pretenses of family obligations, it's been reported that "Black Swan" director left the project due to lack of creative control. That coupled with the fact that Matthew Vaughn seems to have been put through the ringer by the studio on "X-Men: First Class" -- he was super rushed, was forced to use five different cinematographers, had to switch assistant directors and didn't know who his crew was on certain days -- and it's any wonder why anyone in their right mind would want to work on one of Fox's super hero films.

Hot Screenwriter Joshua Zetumer Hired To Pen The 'RoboCop' Reboot

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 11, 2011 3:11 AM
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Writer Penned A Version Of 'Bourne 4' & 'Dune'One of the hottest new writers in Hollywood doesn't have one IMDB credit to his name. That's because nothing screenwriter Joshua Zetumer has written has been produced into a film, yet, but that doesn't mean that a) it won't eventually and b) he's not talented.

Brazilian Director José Padilha Eyes 'Robocop' Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 10:45 AM
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Remember when it was announced that MGM was moving ahead with a bunch of remakes/reboots and then the studio themselves turned around and denied it? Looks like somebody was fibbing a little bit as the long-gestating reboot of "Robocop" -- which once had Darren Aronofsky attached to direct -- is still a go.

Ruben Fleischer, Jose Padilha & Scott Cooper Latest Linked To 'Tales From The Gangster Squad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 11, 2010 1:51 AM
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One of the most hotly sought-after directorial jobs going at the moment -- or at least the one that's leaked the widest-ranging wishlist-- is Warner Bros' period action-drama "Tales From The Gangster Squad." Based on a seven-part series of articles in the LA Times, the film's been in the works for a couple of years now, with a script from former cop and current writer on "Castle," Will Beall, and focuses on a special division of the LAPD formed in 1946 to keep east coast mobsters, led by Mickey Cohen, out of the city. (A rather darker take on the material can be seen in "L.A. Confidential")

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