Serve the public trust. Protect the innocent. Uphold the law.
Robocop has three prime directives he has to follow at all times. Producer Brad Fischer has just one: "Make a great film," he told MTV News of his hopes for a "Robocop" reboot, coming to theaters from director Darren Aronofsky in 2010.
And make no mistake, Fischer and his co-producer Mike Medavoy insisted: Their new "Robocop" is a reboot along the lines of "Batman Begins,""Batman Begins," despite early online rumors to the contrary.
Asked where in the series the fourth film would fall, whether it would come after the first, second or third films in the series' internal universe, Fischer and Medavoy were adamant that it would stand on its own, apart from the character's earlier incarnations.
"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."
As for specific details on the plot or look of the film, Fischer and Medavoy remained more secretive than Area 51, only going so far as to say, "All will be revealed."
Whatever the story, it will be guided to the big-screen by Aronofsky, the director of "Requiem for a Dream" and "Pi," whom Fischer referred to as one of the brightest and most intelligent filmmakers around.
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."
As to whether Peter Weller, the star of "Robocop," would make an appearance, Medavoy would only say that it was "the director's choice."
"Robocop" is aiming for a 2010 release.
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