José Padilha spoke to Comingsoon about the upcoming release of Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, which arrives on Friday. During the conversation he revealed details about the highly anticipated RoboCop relaunch for MGM. Padilha hopes to begin filming early next year and had this to say about his take on the popular '80s action movie:
"'RoboCop' the first movie was fantastic," he told us. "But even if there was no movie, the concept of 'RoboCop' is brilliant, first because it lends itself to a lot of social criticism, but also because it poses a question, 'To when do you lose you humanity?' The way it does that is by replacing body parts with machine parts, and that's very smart because guess what? It's going to happen!"
"I have my take on it," he continued, "And I can tell you this: In the first 'RoboCop' when Alex Murphy is shot, gunned down, then you see some hospitals and stuff and then you cut to him as RoboCop. My movie is between those two cuts. How do you make RoboCop? How do you slowly bring a guy to be a robot? How do you actually take humanity out of someone and how do you program a brain, so to speak, and how does that affect an individual?"
Here is what he had to say about how his documentary skills and handheld camera experience will play a role in this film he replide, "Listen, they gave me the job, I'm going to do it my way, so yeah, you're going to see myself in there. For bad or for good, I'm going to shoot it the way I shoot it."
The search for an actor for the lead role is ongoing. Padilha revealed that he is looking for an American actor for the role. Many had hoped that W Here is what he had to say about casting the part - "We need an American RoboCop, man. RoboCop is an American guy, his name is Alex Murphy."
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