Third Writer to Tackle Robocop Remake; Joel Kinnaman Wants R Rating
Posted 04.03.12 by Ryan
Now that Sony and MGM have a director (Jose Padilha, Elite Squad) and a lead actor (Joel Kinnaman, The Killing) ready to work on their upcoming remake of Robocop, the studios are making further changes to the script, now in the hands of its third screenwriter.
The original script was written by Josh Zetumer, who was hired at the same time as Padilha last March. Gran Torino scribe Nick Schenk, who is collaborating with Padilha on another project, was hired to do rewrites in January, but apparently it wasn't enough. Variety reports that Sony has brought in writer James Vanderbilt to do a "polish" on the script. Sony is very high on Vanderbilt after his work on The Amazing Spider-Man and reportedly outbid other studios for Vanderbilt's "Die Hard meets Air Force One" spec script White House Down.
What changes Vanderbilt will make are unknown, though fans can already expect that the latest RoboCop won't be a retread of director Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original. While fans may or may not have been pleased by Kinnaman's recent admission that his version of the armor won't include the visor used in the previous RoboCop movies, the 32-year-old Swedish-American actor told Collider that he will "fight" to keep the movie rated R.
I sincerely hope they're going for R 'cause I can't imagine how RoboCop could be PG-13. That would be a huge mistake. If I have any say in it, I will fight very hard for it because it has to be violent.
Kinnaman also said that the new RoboCop would continue with the "political satire" of the original, but would be different in tone.
I'm such a huge fan of the original. I think I've seen the first RoboCop, 15 or 20 times. I'm like a kid, that way. And, I love all of Verhoeven's movies. He has a very special tone. I love Starship Troopers, too. I think he really could portray fascism in a comedic way. It's funny because both José and Verhoeven were accused of being fascists for their movies because they had fascist leads. So, it's not going to have his tone, but there's going to be political satire in it.
Kinnaman says that shooting on RoboCop will start "in August," which means Vanderbilt won't have long to work on the new script. The remake is already scheduled for release an August 9, 2013.