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Robocop reboot suddenly seems like a terrible idea after all

August 14th, 2012 by Marc 4 Comments

We’ve been reluctantly optimistic about this Robocop reboot… until now

Hitfix writer Drew McWeeny has been tweeting his review of the Robocop reboot script to be directed by Jose Padhila. He has posted some details and spoilers too.


-The original Robocop design is shown to a “focus group of criminals” who laugh at it, prompting a meaner looking redesign which “passes approval”.
-In fact the design undergoes at least three alterations throughout the film which has already lead to comparisons with “Transformers”. The final version “looks like a cop on steroids painted metallic blue”.
-The construction of this new Robocop is outsourced to China. He also has “social mode” and “combat mode”.
-The ED-209s are introduced out in the field in Iran where they’re used to subdue suicide bombers.
-Dropped into an Al Qaeda training camp, this Robocop is “programmed to incapacitate in all scenarios” so no hardcore violence or blood.

He also writes: “I’ll say this: once the script stops all the winky-winky crap and just starts telling a story, it’s not terrible. But it’s way too late. If you can get past Robocop The Transformer, there are some interesting action beats. And I’m sure Padilla will direct the hell out of it. But overall? Ouch. Ouch. Ohpleasedon’t. Ouch. And a big side order of ouch.”

Dark horizons have the above story and with it they are running the image below, but we must say, if this is an official look at the new Robocop we are totally crushed. And for that reason we are treating it as speculative at best at this stage.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

  • Ultimate_savage

    It’s a reboot. You cant have the same walking stiff cyborg as the original. This version needs to be hyper. I like this look of these character in the picture. I just think you all can’t let the original design go. I can’t wait for this movie to be made!

    • Anonymous

      We agree Ultimate_Savage, in fact we’ve been looking forward to this (up to now) but the write-up above sounds horrible and that design – IF any of it is true – doesn’t conjure images of Robocop at all. Robo is a man rebuilt. That’s a man in a suit. Nothing more.

  • Chris Averiss

    This is going to be a prize Turkey if they disappoint the original fans. If they steer too far from the original genre it won’t be Robocop.

  • David Montgomery

    that suit looks like a refined version of Guyver: Dark Hero

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