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?