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Here's Your New RoboCop


Joel Kinnaman--best known for his role on AMC's The Killing--is probably going to be shot to death and reconstructed as a cyborg police officer of Detroit's future, because MGM decided someone has to be.

The studio was previously rumored to have been considering Chris Pine, Russell Crowe, or Michael Fassbender for the title role in their RoboCop remake, but it seems there's now a lesser-known, gaunter-looking Murphy in their sights. Kinnaman, who also just appeared in Safe House, is reportedly getting the lead offer from MGM, which is being directed by Elite Squad's José Padilha.

MGM's plan to reboot Paul Verhoeven's 1987 classic has been moving along in recent days, with the studio just hiring the Gran Torino writer to fix their script, TO FIX EVERYTHING--which pretty much everyone, myself included, assumes means removing all subtext and satire, steering the franchise into becoming a mutated, repulsive version of its past self. And yes, perhaps such judgment is premature, and perhaps I'm largely making the statement so I can post the below clip as a relevant if obvious visual analog, but still.

  • June 13, 2012
    Continuing to assemble a cast that's way more likable and interesting than a serious remake of a cyborg officer action-satire would seem to deserve, MGM has reportedly entered talks with Hugh Laurie to play the villain in RoboCop (2013).... / Continue →
  • July 13, 2011
    If MGM gets their way, it seems Chris Pine may be the one telling Detroit's criminal legions that they really need to drop it. Apparently feeling that Peter Weller's original portrayal of RoboCop was too old and not enough of a dreamboat, the studio is now rumored to be looking... / Continue →
  • August 30, 2012
    For the first time since 2005--the year the triple-threat of White Noise, Game 6, and Herbie Fully Loaded hit theaters--Michael Keaton is going to show his face in more than one film next year.... / Continue →
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