AMC's THE KILLING Star Joel Kinnaman Reportedly Offered ROBOCOP Lead
Published: February 24, 2012 - 12:35pm
Robocop, a remake of the 1987 sci-fi/action film that features a cybernetic law enforcement officer who patrols the streets of Detroit, is currently in development at MGM Studios and will be directed by José Padilha.
In a dystopic & crime ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him. His directives are clear: serve the public trust, protect the innocent and uphold the law. He is Robocop.
Robocop and his human counterpart Officer Alex J. Murphy, originally portrayed in the 1987 film by Peter Weller, will be brought back to the silver screen with director José Padilha (best known for his Tropa de Elite/Elite Squad action film series). Josh Zetumer (Quantum of Solace, Untitled 4th Entry to the Bourne franchise) wrote the first draft of the script, and screenwriter Nick Schenk (Gran Torino), who is also working with Padilha on the action thriller Tri-Border, is handling rewrites.
Over the past few months, popular film stars such as Michael Fassbender (Shame) and Chris Pine (Star Trek) have been loosely linked to the project; though no studio interest in them has been cited. Now it appears MGM has chosen their top contender for the part. Joel Kinnaman, who offered a solid debut performance in first season of the new AMC crime thriller The Killing, is reportedly awaiting an offer from the studio. Robocop is prepping to begin production sometime this year.