Following the Aronofsky announcement MTV caught up with the producers Brad Fischer and Mike Medavoy to answer the rush of new questions.
When quizzed about the fourth Robocop movie’s integration into the existing universe the producers stated:
“None of [the earlier films are] going to be canonical, as a matter of fact,” Fischer revealed. “I wouldn’t say it’s a direct sequel.“
“Definitely not a sequel,” Medavoy added, saying he preferred the term “reimagining.”
Why make a new movie?
But why a “Robocop” reboot at all? Medavoy, who worked on the earlier three films, said it’s because the themes explored in the first film, of fading humanity in the face of corporate and commercial omnipresence, have only become more relevant in the intervening 15 years.
“The themes of machines and technology, for instance, that’s certainly become even more prevalent today in terms of man giving up certain things to his creations and his technology and his reliance to that. It’s pretty provocative stuff,” he said. “You’ve got people today with all kinds of different implants and mechanical implants. Where does that person become no longer human? After the first one? After 50 percent of the brain gets replaced? A lot of the themes that we dealt with in the original are still very interesting to us.”
So many remakes and sequels have been dumbed down to a younger audience, there’s a big fear that the new Robocop movie may be bundled into the PG-13 group with all the nitty-gritty-grind-n-gore cut out. This is what Medavoy had to say on that,
“Well I was involved with the original ‘Robocop,’ and it was an R, and the likelihood is that this will be an R. It’s likely to be an R unless the director cuts back on some of it.”
No details on the plot were announced.