It seems that Jose Padilha's "RoboCop" remake will be a far cry from the original Paul Verhoven version. It was HitFix's Drew McWeeny who has shared a number of spoilerish tweets, complaining about the script of the upcoming reboot. Among those highlighted in his postings was a report that [SPOILER ALERT!] Padilha's version of Robocop will resemble a Transformer.
Suggesting that Kurt Wimmer's work in "Total Recall" was better than Nick Schenk's revision of "RoboCop", McWeeny criticized Schenk's script which included four different versions of the titular cyborg. He wrote, "In the film, when Murphy is turned into Robocop 1.0, it's described 'a high-tech version of the '80s suit.' Then they show a focus group scene where criminals laugh at the design. 'He looks like a toy from the '80s!' "
"So they redesign him to look 'meaner' as RoboCop 2.0, who passes focus group approval. So they not only make sure to include the original design, they also point out it's dated and stupid," the critic tweeted before adding, "They outsource his construction to China. #seriously."
On the ED-209s in the upcoming reboot, McWeeny explained that the iconic robots would be placed "in the field in Iran, where they're used to subdue suicide bombers." He continued, "Ahhh... now they just dropped Robocop 3.0 onto an Al Queda (sic) training camp to see what he does. 'He should be programmed to incapacitate in all scenarios.' 'Agreed. Let's keep him PG-13, Dr. Norton.' No. No. No. No."
Explaining the fourth transformation of RoboCop, McWeeny wrote, "By page 54, they are already onto Robocop 4.0, who looks like a 'cop on steroids painted metallic blue.' " Dissing the said transformation, he stated, "Oh, god... oh dear god... Robocop is a Transformer. He goes from 'social mode' to 'combat mode' and back. Full transformation."
"It's tough to determine tone on the page, but 'satire' seems low on their list of priorities," he claimed. "Okay... the two 'best' lines in the script. First up is at the unveiling ceremony for Robocop in Detroit, from a TV reporter covering it. 'I think it's safe to say that Alex Murphy is now part man, part machine, ALL COP!' Yes, I too remember the original poster, asshat."
"Second, after the traumatic first meeting with his father, Alex's son retreats to the apartment of Lewis, Murphy's male partner. The scene ends with the action line 'David sits, catatonic, looks at the TV -- MGM REMAKE TBD.' It means 'to be determined.' They haven't decided which of their other movies to plug with that clip."
Despite his criticism on the script, McWeeny stated that there would be some "interesting action" scenes in the movie. He stated, "I'll say this: once the script stops all the winky-winky crap and just starts telling a story, it's not terrible. But it's way too late. If you can get past Robocop The Transformer, there are some interesting action beats. And I'm sure Padilha will direct the hell out of it."
"RoboCop" is scheduled to open in the U.S. on August 9, 2013. The sci-fier will star the likes of Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Hugh Laurie, Jay Baruchel and Jackie Earle Haley.