Behind the Scenes: RoboCop (2014)

Robocop #51

The thing that distinguishes RoboCop from most superhero movies is if you look at a movie like Spider-Man or Iron Man, every kid wants to be Spider-Man or aspires to be Iron Man. So you can make a movie — and those movies are great and fun — based on that. You create an empathy between the audience and the character, and having great actors like they have in both movies, and great action scenes, that empathy carries the movie, and it makes it a fun movie. RoboCop, he cannot touch his wife and his son, he cannot relate to humans in the way he related before he became RoboCop, so there’s no aspiration to be RoboCop. This is not what the original movie was about. It wasn’t a movie sold or designed based on that. It was designed based on a character that has more like a Frankensteinian characteristic. You don’t want to be Frankenstein. You don’t want to be RoboCop.” – director Jose Padilha, in an interview with the LA Times

Though it sounds patently absurd to even say out loud, there was a time when Darren Aronofsky was going to direct the remake of Robocop. His eventual replacement, Brazilian director Jose Padilha of Elite Squad fame, is the main reason I’m holding out optimism for the reboot, which opened wide yesterday. How much of Padilha’s philosophical and political subtext will actually make it into the PG-13 movie remains to be seen, but it is clear the director put more thought into RoboCop than you average studio nostalgia-harvesting.

(When I came on board) there was a Darren Aronofsky script which took place 3,000 years into the future. It had nothing to do with what we (ultimately) did. I wanted to do my own take on it, so I started from scratch. I started to make a movie that was political, that talked about the use of drones, the imbalance of power it can create, the fascism it brings to foreign policy. – Padilha, an in interview with Den of Geek

Below is a collection of production photos from the RoboCop remake. With the exception of the first three images, all the pics in the gallery are frame grabs from ScreenSlam’s excellent series of HD behind the scenes videos.

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