The action revival will hit cinemas next summer

The remake of RoboCop has been given a 2013 release date.

Director Jose Padilha has been working on a revival of the 1980s action classic. Now it has been revealed that the movie will hit theatres on August 9 next year.

Joel Kinnaman, star of ABC’s own remake of Danish crime hit The Killing has been announced as taking on the titular role made famous by Peter Weller in the original. He beat out competition from likes of Michael Fassbender and Russell Crowe.

The original RoboCop told the story of a slain policeman brought back to life with cyborg implants. Padilha has previously stated that the new film will fill in the gaps from the original movie’s plot. He said: “I have my take on it. And I can tell you this: In the first RoboCop when Alex Murphy is shot, gunned down, then you see some hospitals and stuff and then you cut to him as RoboCop. My movie is between those two cuts.

“How do you make RoboCop? How do you slowly bring a guy to be a robot? How do you actually take humanity out of someone and how do you programme a brain, so to speak, and how does that affect an individual?”

The screenplay has been written by Gran Torino writer Nick Schenk, and shooting is expected to begin later this year.