I am a huge fan of Robocop. My dad took me to see it in the theater as a boy and I was in love. Even before I could grasp the subtlety of the film I loved the aggressive, over the top violence and reckless abandon of the film.
I have always been a fan of movies. For as long as I can remember I have loved everything about them. But Robocop was a wholly new experience for me. It was as though I was worshiping at the alter of exploitative cinema.
Cut to present day. After crying myself to sleep at night due to the lackluster sequels, cartoon, television mini-series, cereal, and video games I had given up any more decent Robocop coming my way. Then I heard Darren Aaronofski was going to make a rebootquel. My crying changed to tears of joy. Then he dropped out. Tears of sadness again. When I heard Jose Padilla was involved I immediately said, “who?” Then I looked him up and thought he might do something fun with it. Eventually he was joined by a very talented cast like Joel Kinneman and Michael Keaton. Things were looking good.
They released a teaser trailer for the remake as a commercial for Omni Consumer Products. The teaser was good. It seemed to have a subtle sense of humor about while not trying to mimic the commercials in the original film. Plus, there was the ED-209 in all its glory. It seemed for one brief moment all was right in the world and there may be some hope that the new version of Robocop could work.
Shortly after the teaser hit rumors started about Jose Padilla fighting with the studio about his vision for the film. MGM wants so desperately to have a hit film that isn’t James Bond again they will interfere to a point where something visionary will become a disaster. It happens all the time with studio projects. They want money so they hold focus groups. The focus group says they like Robocop but he needs to seem more human. They say they like the story but they don’t understand why Robocop can’t spend more time rescuing kittens. They say they love the gritty realism but they think Robocop should fly. When these things happen you end up with Robocop 3.
Here’s my feeling on the subject – Robocop’s suit was amazing in the original movie. It was big and bulky and could stand to be streamlined but don’t make it look like a black spandex suit. He doesn’t look like a robot. He looks like a ninja. Don’t lose the humor. That’s part of what made the first movie so great. And let the director make a movie with the studio interfering. Movies by committee rarely work.