Samuel L. Jackson Joins Director José Padilha's RoboCop Remake
06.07.12 by BrentJS
The already-impressive resume of Samuel L. Jackson — well over 100 movies, including the Star Wars prequels, The Avengers, and most of Quentin Tarantino's movies — will soon include another major movie franchise. According to THR, Jackson will be able to add Brazilian director José Padilha's (Elite Squad) RoboCop remake to his list of credits, joining a cast that so far includes Joel Kinnaman (AMC's The Killing) as Alex Murphy, the mortally wounded cop who is turned into a literal law enforcement machine, and Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) as Norton, the scientist who creates Robocop.
Though often described as a "remake" rather than a "reboot," Padilha's RoboCop is shaping up to be quite a bit different from director Paul Verhoeven's 1987 Robocop. Padilha has said that he is more interested in exploring "the difference between humans and robots" and what it means "to lose your free will" than the sociopolitical themes that permeated the original movie. And, according to Kinnaman, RoboCop will have "very human skin" and "look very human," as opposed to the guy-in-a-can look that actor Peter Weller made famous.
The announcement of Jackson being cast as Pat Novak, a "charismatic media mogul" who is a "powerful force" in the near future world in which the movie takes place, marks another difference, as the character did not appear in the original movie. However, it's possible that Novak is simply a modernized version of Ronny Cox's character, Richard "Dick" Jones, the Vice President of the company that turned Murphy into RoboCop.
RoboCop is currently in pre-production. The screenplay was written by Josh Zetumer, with rewrites by Gran Torino scribe Nick Schenk, and James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man). It is tentatively slated for a summer 2013 release.