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Padilha Ditching The Satire Of "Robocop"

By Garth Franklin Thursday September 22nd 2011 01:15PM
Padilha Ditching The Satire Of "Robocop"

With José Padilha ("Elite Squad") now in charge of helping the reboot of "Robocop", many have been wondering what his new take on the material will be like.

More specifically, will he be including the level of social satire that Paul Verhoeven so memorably brought to his ultraviolent original? Sadly it doesn't seem that way, but he does intend to deliver more than just a bland sci-fi action thriller.

"I love the sharpness and political tone of RoboCop , and I think that such a film is now urgently needed. But I will not repeat what [Paul] Verhoeven has done so clearly and strongly," he tells Film1. "Instead I try to make a film that will address topics that Verhoeven untreated. If you are a man changes into a robot, how do you do that? What is the difference between humans and robots? What is free will? What does it mean to lose your free will? Those are the issues that I think."

He goes on to say "I try to make movies that I like, that I feel deal with social problems. I will continue to do so in my work. If I can develop it in Hollywood, then I make a movie with all the means of Hollywood. If that fails, then that movie doesn't work. It is that simple!".

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