MTV had a chance to speak with Joel Kinnaman, who was recently cast as Alex Murphy in Jose Padilha’s remake of Robocop. Kinnaman says the character will be more human, and the suit will allow for more facial expression by the actor:
“There’s a lot of neuroscience now raising the question, ‘Is all the intelligence in the human body in the brain?’ and they’re finding out that, no, it’s not like that. The body has intelligence itself, and we’re much more of an organic creature in that way. It’s not a control tower that does everything.
” ‘RoboCop’ is going to be a lot more human. The first movie is one of my favorite movies. I love it. Of course, 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 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.”
I like how this sounds. As much as I love Verhoeven’s original film, it’s a very 80s action movie. That’s not a bad thing by any means. What I’m saying is an update of the suit is needed for the expectations of today’s action audience. The old suit was too clunky and restricted a lot of Peter Weller’s movement. I don’t think it will be the the same this time around. It will be interesting to see where they take Robocop.
I expect them to make changes, but they need to stay true to the character for fans to accept it. Hopefully they won’t lose sight of that.