New “Robocop” Explains Why It’s Not A Remake

“The Killing” actor Joel Kinnaman is the star of the new remake of sci-fi classic “RoboCop” and he recently sat down with SFX Magazine to talk about how he got cast in the project:

“When I first heard there was gonna be a RoboCop remake, I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll see that somewhere down the line. But it’s nothing I’m interested in pursuing myself.’ Then when I heard it was Jose Padilha that was gonna direct it, I became very interested. Jose has fought very hard and succeeded in making something that has a point of view, and a political and philosophical perspective.

He’s also fully aware of how beloved the original is, and the trepidation that comes with tackling it. To that effect, he doesn’t consider it a straight-up remake:

“it’s a great responsibility. Especially in a world where there’s a lot of remakes being made for cynical economic reasons. But having Jose as a director washed away those fears.

The biggest respect you can pay to the original is to acknowledge it as a very intelligent movie, and try to make something intelligent to follow it up with, and not just replay old catchphrases. We kept one or two as a wink to the fans, but we did not try to remake the movie.”