Peter Weller Reacts to 'RoboCop' Remake'
By DAVID WEINER
September 13, 2013
Your move, creep... RoboCop is returning with an all-new remake hitting theaters in February, and ETonline caught up with the original RoboCop himself, Peter Weller, at the Blu-ray premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness to get his opinion on the iconic character – and whether or not RoboCop should have been remade.
"I'm done with RoboCop," says Weller, who revisited his 1987 film six times in recent years for various events, charitable and otherwise.
Still, he has tremendous respect for his project, pointing out, "It's anthropological; you can watch it in a hundred years and you can hearken back to say, 'What was the political-socio-economic dynamic? What was the idea of commercialism? What was the beginnings of the age of information, ripping off identity? What was the story of identity theft?' All that stuff is prescient to be written in 1981, filmed in 1985 or 86, and still lives."
Set in a crime-ridden, near-future Detroit, the satirical sci-fi Robocop from director Paul Verhoeven finds the mega-corporation OCP tasked with running the city's police force. Introducing a new program with a prototype cyborg cop -- using the remains of downed cop Alex Murphy (Weller) – crime quickly gets swept under the rug by the new "sheriff" in town, but soon Murphy discovers a conspiracy that leads to the highest levels of OCP.
As for the new RoboCop remake, he says diplomatically to the new cast and filmmakers, "Sorry guys, I wish you well -- it's going to be a hard movie to beat."
And on remakes in general, Weller thinks it's "sinful," saying, "There should be a list of 25 movies you should not ever touch."