ROBOCOP Remake Confirms THE KILLING Star Joel Kinnaman for Title Role

Robocop, a remake of the 1987 sci-fi/action film that features a cybernetic law enforcement officer who patrols the streets of Detroit, is currently in development at MGM Studios and will be directed by José Padilha.

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In a dystopic & crime ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him. His directives are clear: serve the public trust, protect the innocent and uphold the law. He is Robocop.

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Robocop and his human counterpart Officer Alex J. Murphy, originally portrayed in the 1987 film by Peter Weller, will be brought back to the silver screen with director José Padilha (best known for his Tropa de Elite/Elite Squad action film series). Josh Zetumer (Quantum of Solace, Untitled 4th Entry to the Bourne franchise) wrote the first draft of the script, and screenwriter Nick Schenk (Gran Torino), who is also working with Padilha on the action thriller Tri-Border, is handling rewrites.

Last week it was reported that Joel Kinnaman, most known for his role in the new AMC crime thriller The Killing which is prepping to enter it's second season, was awaiting an offer from MGM to star in the film. Now, Deadline.com has confirmed that a deal has been reached and Kinneman, last seen in the action-thriller Safe House starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington, will play the dual role of Murphy/Robocop.

Robocop is prepping to begin production sometime this year; no theatrical release date has been scheduled yet.