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Samuel L. Jackson Joins Jose Padilha's Remake of 'RoboCop' at MGM

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June 6, 2012
Source: Heat Vision

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So it sounds like RoboCop is going to be recruited for The Avengers. Okay, that might be a bit of a ridiculous presumption, but Heat Vision does have word that Nick Fury himself, Samuel L. Jackson, has just landed a role in MGM's remake of Paul Verhoeven's original 1987 sci-fi film with director Jose Padilha at the helm this time. The lead role has already been filled by Joel Kinnaman (of AMC's drama series "The Killing"), playing a police officer named Alex Murphy who is brought back from the brink of death and turned into a cyborg police officer by a scientist played by Gary Oldman. So what role will Jackson take?

Jackson is playing a role that just might have been written with him in mind: Pat Novak, a charismatic TV mogul and a powerful force in the world in which RoboCop is set. We're still not sure just how much the remake will depart from the original story, but Oldman's character is one that wasn't even in the original film, so I anticipate this being a drastic overhaul of the familiar film. It's going to be a good year for Jackson as The Avengers is already kicking ass at the box office, and he'll be seen in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained at the end of the year. More casting is likely on the way so stay tuned.

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  • son_et_lumiere
    Sam Jackson as a charismatic TV mogul in a Robocop remake? could be interesting: "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee. Now - who will buy this for a dollar?" 
    • Jericho
      i would LOVE if someone said 'what' in the movie and he death glares at them...
  • grimjob
    Great. First Oldman, now Samuel L. Two fantastic reasons to see a movie I am completely against. I feel the same for the Total Recall remake, but damn if that doesn't look good as well.  "It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds."
    • mooreworthy
      Nice Doc.
  • Valvg
    he will play Jules Winnfield like in every film 
  • Mscuillo
    Couple this with a "Crow" remake/reboot/rehash...whatever, and I'd love to take a big shit on Hollywood
  • ambiguish
    So I'm really hoping this 'Robocop' cyborg actually looks nothing like the original. If you're going to remake something decades later, design a cyborg that is actually credible as what we consider a potential human/machine hybrid to look like. I'm sure there will be some disagreement, however…
    • Lagoya
      Are you saying the original Robocop isn't credible? however this new version looks it won't be Iconic like the original
      • ambiguish
        Well, l not exactly. The design may have been sensible for the late 80s, and it is certainly stylish and iconic, however, I believe it would be far more compelling to create something that stretches our imagine of both the physical and technological possibilities of such a cyborg unit. The HUD, for just one straightforward example, is really nothing very shocking in a time in which the majority of people in the 'developed' world carry more than enough computational capacity with them everyday.
        • Lagoya
          You do have a point, I just find it incredibly hard to picture Robocop looking different! As long as they don't make him sleek and fast, I think the chunky look and stiff, machine like movement typify the character. I hope they keep those traits! I am still skeptical of this film, the original is one of my all time favourites, but with Sam Jackson and Gary Oldman on board, I'm starting to get a tiny bit excited.
  • Horseflesh
    I like Samuel L Jackson but does this guy have to be in every friggin movie??!!
    • peloquin
       Yes
    • grimjob
      Name a movie, any movie. I guarantee his presence would make it better.

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