From what we are hearing, Joel Kinnaman’s take on the 1987 action classic RoboCop is going to be a little less Robo and a lot more Cop.
The actor, best known for playing Stephen Holder on AMC’s weekly serial The Killing, talked to MTV News about the upcoming RoboCop reboot that he’s filming with director José Padilha (Elite Squad, Bus 174).
"I'm super stoked. José Padilha is a badass. He’s the real deal," Kinnaman assured the blog before dropping a bomb on the memories of geek culture: This RoboCop is going to have a face.
"RoboCop is going to be a lot more human," Kinnaman said. "It's not going to be jaw-action. They’re still working on the suit and how it’s going to look, but the visor is going to be see-through. You’re going to see his eyes."
Of course, original RoboCop Peter Weller wore a metallic mask that left only his stoic chin visible to the naked eye. But in an effort to tap into modern neuroscience, Kinnaman says this is but one change the production will implement as it takes a different spin on the cult classic.
“The first movie is one of my favorite movies. I love it," Kinnaman continued. "Of course, [original director Paul] Verhoeven has that very special tone, and it’s not going to have that tone. It’s a re-imagination of it. There’s a lot of stuff from the original. There are some details and throwbacks, but this version is a much better acting piece, for Alex Murphy and especially when he is RoboCop. It's much more challenging. … It’s going to have a political satire to it, too.”
All of which is great. Why bother rebooting a beloved film property if you aren’t going to put a fresh spin on the narrative? RoboCop could use a polish. And a visor? Well, we’ll reserve our judgments until we’ve seen Kinnaman in the suit.
For now, RoboCop has a penciled-in release date of Aug. 9, 2013.