Samuel L Jackson is the latest star to sign up for the RoboCop remake.
The veteran star has joined Jose Padilha‘s remake of the 1980s action classic as Pat Novak, a “charismatic media mogul and powerful force in the RoboCop world” Hollywood Reporter.
Jackson joins The Killing star Joel Kinnaman as the titular Alex Murphy, the New York cop who gets cybernetically converted after being wounded on duty. Gary Oldman recently also joined the cast as RoboCop‘s scientist creator.
Padilha has previously described his version of RoboCop as diverting from the original concept. He has said: “RoboCop the first movie was fantastic. But even if there was no movie, the concept of RoboCop is brilliant, first because it lends itself to a lot of social criticism, but also because it poses a question, ‘When do you lose your humanity?’
“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?”
Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are producing the movie, which is eyeing a September shoot in Toronto and has a tentative release date of summer 2013.