Thanks to a licensing sizzle reel more details have surfaced on José Padilha’s reimagining of ROBOCOP due for release in 2014. The sizzle reel, usually intended for attracting prospective merchandise licensees for a film, was leaked on the internet on Friday and swiftly taken down, although it can still be found on some of the lesser well known video sites (one rhymes with “Hayley Ocean”). The footage explains the two different looks that ROBOCOP has been seen sporting in set pictures recently as well as shows some concept art of the tech and animated sample scenes from the film.
In the sizzle reel footage the differing looks are explained away as RoboCop is treated as a product in the film, one that that undergoes a number of revisions through the movie. The slick, black power ranger style RoboCop we first saw back in September (pics HERE) is explained to be a later evolution of the RoboCop concept, with the more recent set pictures of a chrome variant similar to that of the original worn by Peter Weller in the 1987 film, being an earlier version of the product.
The rest of the video raises some tantalising hints about what to expect as production designer Martin Whist explain that the new RoboCop is “dexterous, fast, can run faster than any human being” while director José Padilha explains “He doesn’t miss a shot”. Will he still turn his head before his torso when rounding corners though?
Producer Eric Newman also explained that “There’s CALL OF DUTY style shoot outs with an army of these things” although it’s not clear whether he is referring to an army of RoboCops or ED-209s, as the concept art seems to show a mixture of both. The ED-209 design shown in the featurette also looks to be a lot closer to the original than the one revealed on the Omnicorp.com viral site.
José Padilha also took the time to diss IRON MAN saying that “this is not about a guy who invented a suit and he can dress in it and become all powerful. This is about a guy who becomes a robot against his will” while closing with “but of course I do have a lot of robots flying, running and kicking ass, and so I’m pretty confident it’s going to be very cool.”
ROBOCOP’s release date was recently moved to February 7, 2014, check out the concept art below.
FYI the video is available HERE if you want to check it out but it will probably disappear in a few days time.
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