José Padilha: ‘The world needs the aggressive satire of ‘RoboCop”

Director says he'll use remake to tackle 'politics and violence'

RoboCop director José Padilha has claimed he is rebooting the 1987 sci-f classic because the world needs its “aggressive satire”.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Padilha revealed that he plans to play up the film’s social commentary when he gets his hands on the iconic franchise.

He said:

The satire element of RoboCop is, I think, needed today. That kind of social, aggressive satire I haven’t seen done well in movies lately. And it’s almost like the politics and violence in the world is asking for this: ‘Someone please make some satire now!’ So we’re going to keep that edge.

The director also refused to reveal whether actor Michael Fassbender would be involved in the film, but did describe him as “amazingly talented”. Padilha has reportedly been trying to recruit Fassbender to take on the lead role.

Last month, Padilha revealed that his film will fill a gap left in the original movie. “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,” he said. “My movie is between those two cuts.”