Director Jose Padiha Briefly Discusses the Robocop Remake


I really don’t care who ends up directing the “Robocop” remake — I’m automatically opposed to the production. I know that sounds extreme, but, hey, I’m a fanboy. It’s what we do. Paul Verhoeven’s action-packed satire is one of my all-time favorite films, and the idea that someone wants to retool the material instantly boils my blood. That having been said, I’m still curious to how this production unfolds, so I’ll end up following it despite my somewhat misguided ire. Director Jose Padiha recently spoke with the Dutch website Film 1, where he revealed his plans for the project.

Here’s a translation of the conversation, courtesy of

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 Verhoeven has done so clearly and strongly. 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 developed? What is free will? What does it mean to lose your free will? Those are the issues that I think.

If Padiha ends up turning “Robocop” into a touchy-feely science fiction soap opera, that’s probably not a good thing. But that’s just pure speculation on my part. What do you think? Am I being a dick, or is this project really a bad idea?

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • X_p

    wow this is like the 27th story about movies being remade…im going back to bed.

  • iAREren

    I think the only Robocop remake I’d be interested in at this point would be a Japanese remake. Good or bad, I’m sure it’ll be epic. Haha.

  • Guest

    I think this could work if they avoid the remake tag and go with a complete reboot of the franchise, ala James Bond or Batman. Robocop as a character is clearly still cool as fuck and I think if they put the effort into the story then the idea has potential.

  • Guest

    Sounds a little the new Deus Ex game that’s out now! Hmmmm….