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Michael Keaton cast as OmniCorp's CEO in the Robocop Reboot!

Published at: Aug. 30, 2012, 4:22 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Variety got the news and it was followed quickly by an official statement confirming that yes indeed Michael Keaton was going to be running OmniCorp, the CEO seat having been recently vacated by Hugh Laurie.

I'm seeing a lot of people reporting that he's the villain now, but from what I understand from people who have read the script OmniCorp's CEO isn't an angel, but isn't the big baddie, either... and he's apparently also not a huge part of the story.

Even so, it's always reason to celebrate when Michael Keaton nabs a high-profile gig. He's one of those "he should be in more stuff" actors and even though the script is supposedly not... great... I could see him getting a chance to chew some scenery and hopefully this means more Keaton on the big screen.

 

 

-Eric Vespe
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  • Aug. 30, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    First haha....love keaton

    by Modtel

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    GOOD PICKENS!

    by Rufus

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 4:26 a.m. CST

    You wanna get nuts? come on let's get nuts!

    by teddy_duchamp

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Keaton coming back!

    by elsewhere

    Hellz yeah.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Holding my breath for Gung Ho 2.

    by Andy

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 4:39 a.m. CST

    "Nice Fucking Model Robot" Honk Honk

    by Gorgomel

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 4:43 a.m. CST

    I'm a little worried about robocop

    by Cobb05

    I read how the director has said it's been hell making the movie, for every ten ideas he has, nine get shot down.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 4:44 a.m. CST

    niiiice

    by la te ral us

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 4:45 a.m. CST

    I heard the directors getting "Finchered"

    by BookhouseBoy

  • Oldman, Jackson, Keaton. Nice try Hollywood. No matter how many awesome people they shoehorn into yet another reboot I'm still not going to fall for it. If anything this makes me feel almost bad for the actors participating. Something of this caliber seems below all these people. But then again, fuck em' for signing up for a project like this & supporting remakes instead of taking a chance with something original. Star power doesn't sell a movie for me anymore. How many super famous people were in the original Robocop? Exactly.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Batman builds Robocop

    by albert comin

    Or at least pays the bills. Look at Michael Keaton pimping that cardigan. He got it! I was this close to call him by his real name, Michael Douglas, for for the fun of it. That would had been a mind screw.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 5:04 a.m. CST

    something about him...

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    Just reminds me of old lady farts and smash mouth, all inside monica's apartment on friends. did i mention smash mouth, but in the background as well? Billy Cranston, the blue ranger is there as well.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 5:25 a.m. CST

    harry_cox:

    by mojination

    well played. beer shot out my nose just then.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 5:46 a.m. CST

    They're still casting?

    by adeceasedfan

    I thought this thing was ready to drop.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 5:49 a.m. CST

    @Mr harry_cox

    by albert comin

    Are you usually so coprophiliac in your metaphors?

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    The Robocop franchise has made one thing clear.

    by lochkray

    Nobody is ever going to -Get It Right- after the first one. Two sequels, three TV movies, a TV series, and a Saturday morning cartoon...and nobody has gotten it right. Not even close. Paul Verhoeven got it right. Just like Total Recall and Starship Troopers; It's too stupid to be taken seriously, and too grave to be treated lightly. Verhoeven had the gift to perfectly balance the elements. Put all the great actors you want in it, but if the director can't balance the stupid premise and absurd satiric humor with the violence and gravitas, it won't work. Best of luck to those involved with this new version.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 5:53 a.m. CST

    perfect

    by Mysterious_Volvo

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 6:01 a.m. CST

    even though the script is supposedly not... great...

    by UGG

    Wait the script for this reboot? So why the fuck are they going ahead with it? Has anyone read it?

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Good choice, but it won't save the film... :(

    by James Robinson

    It doesn't matter though... every one of these 'reboot/reimagining' films has been a critical failure. They ALL simply lack any kind of spirit or soul iin the execution. Doesn't matter though, since they have all more then made back the initial investments. Each film is a cash cow or license to print money. Very little work goes into these, but multiple people get brought in so everybody gets a taste. This industry isn't about bringing someones vision to the big screen anymore. That died when Steven Spielberg CGIed guns into walkie-talkies & George Lucas made Han shoot first.

  • Original Film.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    @Mr cobalt2015

    by albert comin

    The irony of that also didn't escape me either. Either it's the cleverest pun in all of Hoylwood, of the work of the most misguided people that ever lived.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Very cool

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Keaton is awesome

  • The movie completly caugh me off-guard. I was expecting some trashy dumb down Commando/Rambo" like action movie, and what i got was beyond i though was possible in cinema. Sure, i was still a teen nthen, but man, was i for a suprise. Few movies have impacted me as strongly as Robocop. My love for it is for life. Robocop made me an instant fan of Paul Verhoeven, and made me check out the rest of his filmmography, which at the time, excepting "Flesh+Blood", was mostly made of his dutch movies. I wasn't disapointed. I don't think Verhoeven ever made a movie i have considered a waste of my time. Even "Hollow Man" and "Showgirls" have much to be enjoyed due to their lunacy and bravado. Verhoeven doesn't make movies by half measures.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 6:42 a.m. CST

    the script is supposedly not... great

    by photoboy

    Has there been a script leak or anything? I'd be interested to know details on why it sucks.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    photoboy:

    by mojination

    go to hitfix and read McWeeney's review, it's fuckin hilarious.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Wow, that's a nice surprise! Great choice!

    by Steve Lamarre

    scirocco...you saw Robocop when it first hit theaters??? Lucky.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Robocop Script review

    by DonLogan

    Here's the link to where I read it, sounds fucking awful already. http://bit.ly/P9OFJb

  • but I'm sure he'll be good in it. The movie itself I have doubts about.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Moriarty says the script blows

    by rev_skarekroe

    And I believe him.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:04 a.m. CST

    I'd rather see dream team 2 than robo-fail-remake.

    by cameron

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:14 a.m. CST

    He was pretty evil in Desperate Measures

    by Kyle DeMattio

    He might pull it off

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Who needs a Robocop reboot when you have DREDD!? Dredd rules!

    by batfunk

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:25 a.m. CST

    I'm still upset Aronofsky isn't directing this anymore

    by SithMenace

    And always will be.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Pictures someone like Eric Roberts or William Atherton

    by Feral Colon

    Then hire Robert Patrick or Clint Howard for the Boddinger role.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Christian Bale sucks Michael Keaton's balls!

    by iamatroll

    Ha ha! Made you look! This has been your troll practice alert for today! Have a great weekend!!!

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:34 a.m. CST

    ....and michael keanton was my favorite batman!

    by kennerado

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:34 a.m. CST

    ....and michael keanton was my favorite batman!

    by kennerado

    just a regular everyday normal guy

  • That would be wonderful and true justice for garbage like this. The producers can't ne too confident now seeing how bad TOTAL REMAKE crashed and burned.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST

    be^

    by Russell

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST

    @Mr freeman_lowell

    by albert comin

    Yes, i do feel lucky for having seen Robocop at the theaters on it's release. It also makes me feel old.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Taking each other's franchises?

    by Mischa van Dinter

    Peter Weller is voicing Batman now, so Michael Keaton goes to do Robocop.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST

    @Mr mugato5150

    by albert comin

    Michael Keaton can play evil quite very well. You should see him in John Schlesinger's "Pacific Heights".

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    @Mr kennerado

    by albert comin

    So good it needed to be said twice. I kid, of course.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Michael Keaton was my favorite schizophrenic in The Dream Team!

    by Barnald

    Chris Lloyd was also excellent!

  • I smell another pile of unoriginal shit coming...

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    for every ten ideas the director has, nice get shot down

    by Bileranter

    Maybe, only one was any good. Plus, nice insurance policy for the director. After that hit the net, if it's crap, it's not his fault. If the film turns out well, he fought hard for it. Get out of jail free card.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST

    nine ideas - not nice- nine

    by Bileranter

    text edit please

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    I love the casting decisions

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    but i'm dreading the film

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    I´d rather see Nightshift 2: Electric Boogaloo

    by Chanoc

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Thanks mojination and donlogan

    by photoboy

    REMAKE SPOILERS! Turning Robocop into a Bayformer sounds like the absolute worst thing they could have done. I think all the in-jokes like "I wouldn't buy that for a dollar" will just remind the audience about how much better and original Verhoeven's Robocop really was. I do quite like the idea of more interaction between Murphy and his family. That one scene with Murphy and his wife in Robocop 2 was the single best thing about that film, but it would need to be done properly.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Bayformer?? That's so funny!!!

    by albert comin

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:19 a.m. CST

    @Mr photoboy

    by albert comin

    I think the scene between Robocop and his wife was in the 3rd movie. Wait a minute... i watched Robocop 3?!? Fucking hell! Does anybody have brain bleach? I need it!

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    'Mr. Mom' remake, but set TODAY!

    by Pat

    The time is ripe, with the economy like it is and the current emasculation of the modern male and all going on. Vince Vaughn and Kate Hudson would star. Michael Keaton would play her ball busting dad. He would have all the great lines too and there would be plenty of Vaughn reaction shots to them where he has that one look he has. Welcome back Michael Keaton!

  • But I thought his character was hilarious in that movie. Plus I still loved all his previous movies, Mr. Mom, Beetlejuice, Gung-Ho, The Dream Team! Now if you could've got the suit from Nolan's Batmans with Michael Keaton's Batman you're talking beyond awesome. Even when he took a turn towards the serious or villain Pacific Heights and even Desperate Measures with Andy Garcia. This guy should defnitely be working more.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    why the hell isn't Keaton in more stuff?

    by Crimson Dynamo

    does he have a shitty agent? is he still enjoying his batman money?

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Nice shooting, son. What's your name?

    by Phimseto

    Murphy.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Fuck fuck ffffhuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    love keaton

    by Whereisthetimer

    but that script review scares the shit out of me

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    So its not Omni Consumer Products anymore?

    by Righteous Brother

    Or just an error on Quints part?

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    The Dark Knight Returns

    by Matthew

    bring back Keaton as Batman, Tim Burton directs, Marlon Wayans as Robin or Nightwing, Bill Dee Williams Two face, make the movie that never was set in Batman beyond times

  • more interested in quint than in the movie itself.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Apparently, a real company trademarked "OCP"

    by OgieOglethorpe

    Hence the name change.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    That picture of Keaton is from like 25 years ago

    by slone13

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    No - I didn't watch that preview thing as they're normally pretty lame...

    by Righteous Brother

    also - Keaton was good at evil in Pacific Heights.

  • You're not sending me into the repair shop

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:19 a.m. CST

    And

    by Joe

    My favorite dance is The Robot

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Also

    by Joe

    Kiss my bott

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    SICK OF THE RE-POOTS. CINEMA'S MIDDLE CLASS IS GONE.

    by Wacky Packages

    Medium budget studio and independent movies were the middle class of cinema. That's when they made memorable movies. Now all we have is mega-budget garbage and obscure shot on video garbage.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST

    This is a great move but...

    by Andrew Coleman

    It seems like this movie doesn't stand a chance. Rumors that the director is being forced to make a movie he doesn't want to. That makes it sound like to me that studio heads are trying to water down and make a "fun" robocop movie.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Batman Returns is still the best Batman movie

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I like the Nolan movies, but they can't top that masterpiece.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Keaton is the definitive live action Batman.

    by Mr. Moe

    It's so hilarious to watch Bale as Batman. He always has to take a deep breath before every sentence so that he can speak in that over the top cartoonish garbled voice of his.

  • Every detail from that script review sounds like someone trying to have their finger on the pulse of modern cynical reality, and thinking they're hip to it, but instead just being ploddingly dull and obvious. It's not good enough to just lazily toss out a few screamingly obvious references to signs of the times. You have to do a layer deeper, as the original did, viciously but very wittily. Like most remakes, this one sounds like it's complacent, content to just trot out the premise again and that should be enough. But the magic of the original was the gonzo factor, and this one, for all the brilliance in its cast, is showing no signs of it.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    NOBODY CARES ABOUT THIS FUCKING MOVIE

    by TAINTOLAY

    FACT

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    You can't polish a turd.

    by MaxDembo1

    It doesn't matter how many talented actors they cast because the script is shit. I feel bad for Keaton. Dude deserves better than this dud.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    HELL FUCKING YES. The world needs more Keaton, not more Tatum!

    by F This

    Keaton is criminally underused in movies. His presence in Robocop can only help to elevate what sounds like it might be a bit of a turd, at least a little bit.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    OCP? As in HardOCP?

    by F This

    lulz

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Don't go chasing waterfalls

    by DrPain

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST

    O.K. nobody say the B word

    by Micah

    (sings and dances) I'll eat anything you want me to eat and I'll swallow anything you want me to swallow. (stops dancing) So come down I'll…chew on a dog. (howls)

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Yes, "Batman Returns" has aged really well

    by Jeditemple

    I recently had the opportunity to watch "Batman Returns" a couple of times on Encore. It's been a while since I've seen the first two Batman movies. Say what you want about Burton's style, but it really is a good movie. Keaton IS Bruce Wayne. And behind the mask, he's even better as Batman. He's got the eyes, the voice and he's very likeable in the role. He's intimidating without having to do a stupid, angry voice. And Michelle Pfeiffer was the perfect Catwoman. She nailed it. Anne Hathaway's performance was bland and boring. And as far as the Penguin goes, Devitto's version was interesting, but disgusting. The black crap that he kept spitting out of his mouth was ridiculous. And he was too perverted. I would have preferred another actor in the role, but he doesn't detract too much from the film. I just didn't agree with some of the stylistic choices they made. But overall, Keaton is still my favorite Batman, followed closely by Val Kilmer.

  • Scary.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Keaton didn't have the physique

    by Righteous Brother

    to accurately portay Bruce Wayne/Batman. Bale is the only actor so far, that has. He is the definitive live action Batman.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    @Mr samuel fulmer

    by albert comin

    I liked Batman Returns quite a lot. It is the best of the Batman movies pre-nolan by a wide margin. There is a lot of it to enjoy, besides the obvious (Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman). However, I have to disagree with you in that Batman Returns is the best Batman movie. Batman Returns is the best Batman movie os an era, but Christopher Nolan's Batman movies are the best Batman movies, and one of the top most sucessful representations of Batman in all media. I do not rate the Nolan's Batman movies higher to try to be hipster. I was of age when the first Batman movie directed by Tim Burton was released, i could be nostalgic about them. But my age and the timing of the different Batman movies were made is inconsequential. The Nolan's movie just feel more right as Batman movies. As far i'm concern, they are THE Batman movies, and the rest are variations. Let me put it this way: i could live without the Tim Burton and Joel Schumaker Batman movies without concern, but i would absolutly hate to live without the Nolan's Batman movies.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Mr. Mom sequel

    by GeorgieBoy

    That's what I want to see... One of his kids is grown up and he gets to take care of the grandkids all alone! Call it "Mr. Gramps"

  • Of course Holywood already believed in that. They must have made the experiment way before Mythbusters.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    We've come for your daughter, Chuck

    by sbessiso

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Keaton was great as Batman.

    by Volllllume3

    MUCH better then that pussy Bale.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    i forgot he actually looks like that!

    by JAMF

    i must've convinced myself over the years that pictures like this: http://lebeauleblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/keatonhw4.jpg%3Fw%3D480 were exaggerated...

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Michael Keaton deserves a comeback...

    by Stegman84

    Seriously, someone give him a quality role in a quality film, or make him the lead in an interesting new cable series or something. The man has been left out in the acting wilderness for far too long.

  • Do you fucking remember what movie this is? It makes perfect sense to satirize the Iron Man film. That's where the bar is currently at, and that's essentially what Robocop is. Except where Iron Man was one rich dude, Robocop is a rich corporation. It's about when the suits try and play superhero. And this isn't the 80s anymore. The old suit DOES look dated, as cool as it is. And this shit WOULD go through a focus group, and it would be made in china. What world do you guys live in where this doesn't happen now? You guy beg remakes to do something new, and than when they do just that, you whine that's not like the original enough. How moronic can one be?

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    satirical*

    by Jay

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Keaton's Batman was closest to the original

    by thot

    The original Batman, circa 1939-1940, was a brutal vigilante. Burton's '89 film came the closest to depicting the Dark Knight as he was originally envisioned and presented. I was skeptical back in the day, but Keaton pulled it off. I would LOVE to see a hard "R" Batman flick but realize I will probably never see it happen. The best non-Batman, "Batman" scene ever put to film was the "warehouse" scene w/ Cage's Big Daddy. Cool as hell.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Returns Catwoman was a meek woman turned into militant femenist

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Rises Catwoman steals just to get access to something that will erase her credit history....huh????? I like Rises, thought almost everything about it was great, but I think a lot of Catwomen's motivation for things was weak to put it mildly.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Clean and Sober 2:Relapse

    by kstewandthecuntsman

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Touch And Go 2:Mighty Ducks 4

    by kstewandthecuntsman

  • ...of "Robocop". Neither one is encouraging. But, don't expect to find any of that negativity here!

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    My Life 2:I'm Back!

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Yayy Bantuwind

    by Larry Sellers

    I agreeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Huge Keaton Fan And I enjoy all of his films

    by RG

    He DOES need to be in more films

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Perfect sequel title.....Gung Ho 2:The Recall

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Stop making remakes of things that were perfectly good in the first place

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    You want to remake something? Remake shitty Robocop 2. Or if the rights holders want to revive this franchise in a credible way, sign Verheoeven and Weller on to do a direct sequel to the original that makes tabula resa of the two atrocious follow ups. An interesting sequel could take place thirty years after the original in movie time, where Old Detroit has been rebuilt as Delta City (still rife with corporate-sponsored corruption and criminality behind the scenes and unknown to the public), and it would interesting to explore an aged and borderline obsolete Robocop, or the effects of Murphy being in a cyborg body for almost three decades.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Michael Keaton should play the role of Ray Nicolette on JUSTIFIED!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    It would be awesome funny.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    NICE FUCKIN MODEL!!!!!

    by Han Cholo

    HONK, HONK

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    LOVE THAT KEATON USED TO BANG HOT ANAL PORN STAR RACHAEL RYAN

    by TAINTOLAY

    ...AND THAT HE SHARED HER WITH NICHOLSON. THAT'S MUTHAFUCKIN HOLLYWOOD RIGHT THERE!

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Did you try chipotle-away?

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Nothing organic about a cash grab...destiny? fail

    by Darth Macchio

    Can there be anybody on the planet that would see Robocop and think there's a need for more to that story? That it needs an update? That it's not practically perfect for what it is and what it intends to do? That it's not utterly successful at that unstated goal? Is it ED-209? The stop-motion is too hokey so it simply has to be remade with a combo of CGI and practical? (as opposed to practical and stop-motion?) Seriously...is that it? What's the thinking here? Cause these money-changer asshats are at least supposed PRETEND it's not about a pathetic and transparent cash grab...they're supposed to pretend to have some noble intent for a remake...some need to tell "the real story" (Spiderman) or reveal "more to the story" by some angle we didn't get previously but was obviously missed by fans of the original. Not to magnify, yet again, the cowardice infused bankruptcy of original story investment and the nearly pathological and obsessive avoidance of any and all financial risk that, to these myopic tightwads, only regurgitation seems to have any faint glimmer of guaranteed return on investment. And yet, with few exceptions, they fail. Or barely break even. Well..Robocop doesn't fit that bill. At all. But don't let that stop you from digging that "guaranteed profit?" moron hole you and all your ilk seem to find so comfortable at the expense of larger investments in original work. Something like Raiders under someone not like the Berg wouldn't be made today. Something like The Matrix? Too expensive with no guarantee of return. We seem to be heading for dark days, creatively speaking, folks (ever watch commercial tv? is it all bullshit reality shows now? ice truckers? really? truckers and ice? no writers, no director, no infrastructure, no risk - by grabthar's hammer, what a savings). of course, we've been headed this way for a while now. we still have original gems from time to time (all made on the cheap of course)..and then something like John Carter comes along and these base nincompoops think they were right all along. Not to even mention the occasional high investment crap that brings massive returns (Twilight)....which then ruins the new release covers of old and great movie dvds (Near Dark comes to mind). *sigh* Things are tough all over I'm afraid. And no, I do not know all that goes into making a large budget movie but yet I still think the big-budget movies that we had years ago would NEVER be made today - no one would risk the investment without some guarantee of return profit. No Star Wars. No Raiders. No Matrix. No Back to the Future. No John Carpenter films at all...we'd have basically no 1982, much less the 80s, as most films were original and relatively large budgets for the time. Imagine that...no 1982 in the world of modern film-geeks. Hyperbole?...perhaps...but still...

  • HA!

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    He was still the best Batman

    by PorkChopXpress

    In my opinion, he's the best one we've had. He had the best Batman voice, the best Bruce Wayne...all of it.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    ok.. great casting

    by mcgillj

    Love they are going a bit off book with this casting.. but this film sounds like a walking cluster$&%* POS. That saddens me to say. Any excuse for Keaton on the big screen is a good thing.. and even a way bigger step up from Hugh Laurie. So hoping for good.. but we all know this will be in the bargain bin by holidays '13.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    I love Burton/Keaton's Batman

    by deathbird

    None of this "I won't kill" shit. When a cadre of psychotic gangsters tries to poison every citizen in Gotham, what does Keaton's Batman do? Rolls his beautiful car into Axis Chemical and bombs the whole fucking plant. As long as there weren't any janitors in there, that's righteous. Oh, and... BB + TDK > B'89 + BATMAN RETURNS > THE DARK TURD RISES

  • I like that idea. I think we've discussed various possibilities for how another Verhoeven helmed RoboCop sequel could work nowadays. I think it would be fun if RoboCop was frozen and sits in OCP's corporate headquarters. Shit hits the fan in Delta City and Old Detroit, and some cops decide they need some more firepower on their side and then thaw RoboCop. Or instead of Robo being cryogenically preserved, like you said, make him an old worn down cyborg that doesn't do any actual law enforcement anymore. Maybe he is carted around by OCP as some sort of mascot that gives talks at schools, telling kids to stay out of trouble. At night, he can be rented for corporate parties as a novelty? Then when the shit hits the fan, Robo goes back into action and decides to fight against OCP. Of course, satire and crazy over-the-top action would be needed, which Verhoeven is damn good at.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    it's like being molested

    by Rakesh Patel

    i never liked the idea of the remake. but the casting of quality actors leaves me all confused. McWeeny gave total recall 2012 a pass. i don't like any of this.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    More Michael Keaton!!!

    by jimmy_009

    Seriously, more.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Too *many*

    by F-18

    my kingdom for an edit button

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Fucking awesome Choice!

    by chien_sale

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    So what do you think? Do you think he's qualified?

    by theQuintessentialNorton

    Boom.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    lochkray

    by Baryonyx

    Well said.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Keaton as the Old Man...I'll buy that for a dollar.

    by Bill C.

    The Old Man was never really the Big Bad in the films, just the enabler for them (Dick Jones, whatsherface leg-porn Fex, and Paul McDaggett). I suppose he could be more of an overt big bad in this one, though, in the name of simplification and/or keeping things "current." And this is where I yet again whine: why does a film that in all likelihood won't match up to its predecessors seemingly boast a better ensemble cast than it deserves?

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    I remember when I was a young executive at this company...

    by The_Guy_Who_Invented_Coca_Cola

    ...we used to call the Old Man funny names: Iron Butt, Boner. Once I even called him... asshole.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Mr. Keaton... Gedde Watanabe on line 1....

    by DougMcKenzie

    Seriously, Mike, let this sequel shit the fuck go already. Nobody wants this movie, not even George Wendt, you dipshit!

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I repeat what xenodistortion said:

    by Nichole

    Oldman, Jackson, Keaton. Nice try Hollywood. No matter how many awesome people they shoehorn into yet another reboot I'm still not going to fall for it. If anything this makes me feel almost bad for the actors participating. Something of this caliber seems below all these people. But then again, fuck em' for signing up for a project like this & supporting remakes instead of taking a chance with something original. Star power doesn't sell a movie for me anymore. How many super famous people were in the original Robocop? Exactly Spot on. That is All. Except, How did you guys like the Total Recall Remake? Do not get excited about this. The Thing Remake was on Cable last night, and I just couldn't bear to watch it again. If it was the Original, well, I would have stayed up for another 2 hours, even though I own it on Dvd and VhS. Fuck this waste of time.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    In the UK, they dubbed 'asshole' with 'airhead'

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

  • It's pretty evident that they have virtually no idea who and what Robocop is. They seem to be under the impression that it's supposed to be some sort of dude in a somewhat homoerotic power suit, rather than mostly machine with very little of Murphy left - but enough to preserve his core humanity. From the moment I read about these clowns wanting to show the eyes to "show more emotion", I saw where this was headed. Right into the $2.00 bin at walmart. Unless they pull their heads out of their asses pronto and hire some people who have actual respect and fidelity to the original, they should just scrap the project and quit while they're ahead.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST

    This does not get my blessing.

    by Mr. X

  • Seriously, why isn't this guy in more films nowadays? I was just watching "Night Shift" last week. The man is still funny.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Keaton as Bob Morton, I could see...

    by Immortal_Fish

    Keaton as Dick Jones, I cannot see. As the Old Man? Never.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    I'd watch Keaton sweep a fucking floor as a background extra

    by murray_hamilton

    Love the guy, Criminally underused actor

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    phantomcreepsreturns -- The Thing 2011

    by lv_426

    I avoided it initially, but caught it on cable last night. With nothing better to do I figured I'd give it a shot as I love the '82 Carpenter version. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but it definitely had some cringe-worthy elements. I think it actually started out pretty good. Even some of the monster effects were good early on. As it went on it just got too hokey with so many of the CGI effects and having to tie everything up with the Carpenter version. It was really not nearly as tense as Carpenter's, and overall felt kind of pointless in the end.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    First Weller plays Batman now this?

    by Axl Z

    THE FLOWERS ARE STILL STANDING!

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    I had to kill the Joker because he made a mistake

    by Blarg Barfington

    Now it's time to fuck a porn star up the ass.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Does anyone even know why Laurie pulled out?

    by wcolbert

    The reason could be mundane...or very telling. I'm betting the latter. Let's just not be fooled by high quality names being attached. Sir Ben Kingsley was in Blood Rayne, lest we forget. Christopher Lee was in The Stupids. keaton was in a movie where lindsay lohan tries to convince us she's a human being whilre befriending a car. Just about every actor most would call great....has done at lreast a few pieces of shit along the way. Terminator Salvation and Jurassic Park 3. That is all.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:53 p.m. CST

    redshirt_24: The Old Man

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    was not an overt 'bad' guy ONLY in the first movie. In Robocop 2 they changed this and made him - and OCP as a whole -overtly evil, destroying the subtlety of the characterization in the original. That's one of the reasons, among many, that Robocop 2 was a piece of shit. As far as Robocop 3 was concerned, he wasn't in that one at all (because Dan O'Herlihy had died); instead they replaced him with a new OCP executive, campily played by Rip Torn. Granted, I don't think that the Old Man in the first movie was a 'good guy' by any means, he was a ruthless, hard-edged CEO, but he did have some warmth and humor about him as we saw in the ending. OCP was a profit-driven company shafting the little people, but not some evil masterminded corporation with the heads all conspiring evilly like in the sequel. Anyway, I'm sure this horrible remake will certainly take its cue from the cartoonish sequels rather than the brilliance and subtlety of the original.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Dear captain_spalding: You mean Greedo.

    by Trying_It_Again_Part_2

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:58 p.m. CST

    lv_426, Robocop at children's parties

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    reminds me of the beginning of Ghostbusters 2. Certainly ripe for parody and satire as only Verhoeven could do it. Perhaps Murphy should be rented out as a giant sex toy for corporate swingers' get-togethers (complete with detachable robotic vibrator)? Heh.

  • ...so, good casting.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Wait, this isn't about Johnny Dangerously 2?

    by J

    I'm outta here.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Keaton's in it so I'm in a fucking seat

    by Transhuman

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 1:33 a.m. CST

    They're missing a trick here - should have cast Weller

    by JIMBOCOP

    as Dick Page. He was awesome as a bad guy in DEXTER recently.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Maybe this film will be the ULTIMATE satire.

    by theyreflockingthisway

    The fact the suits are actually interfering on a Robocop movie to get it "right" is the ultimate in irony. It'd be ED-209 in movie form and the fact they've also made ED-209 like a Transformer, completely missing the point yet also getting it so right (because that's how idiot execs would think a robot would need to be designed like these days), speaks volumes.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 3:58 a.m. CST

    @Mr volllllume3

    by albert comin

    Keaton's Batman was the one who got his ass kicked by a fat rapper. Bale's Batman was the one who kciked everybody's ass until 8 years of lack of practice, a mountain of accumulated body injuries and a chemically enhanced super-man mannaged to beat him down... which then Batman got to return the favour. So no, Keaton's Batman doesn't look all that impressive compared to Bale's. Keaton's the pussy, i'm affraid. I don't blame the actor, no, he's a cool actor i always liked him, but the way the writers and the director presented the character. Keaton was quite good at playing Bruce Wayne, but Bale is good as Wayne AND Batman. And Keaton needs to be in more movies, yes, We are all in agreement with that, i believe. You want proof of his versability, check him out in Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing".

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST

    He's still got the jaw for an older Batman in TDKR.

    by KoolerThanJesus

  • that it somewhat coincided with JC's iconic version. everything else came off as too contemporary IMO. Speaking of remakes, there's no need whatsoever to make a Robocop film let alone Verhooven's Total Recall. (Blasphemy!) I can only imagine that Starship Troopers is lurking around the corner.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST

    You're fired, Dick!

    by deelzbub

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Aintitcool should be a green light/red light barometer

    by deelzbub

    When everyone here asked why the need for a Spider-Man/Total Recall reboot, we were ahead of the movie reviews by months, if not a year. The same sentiments are with this Robofake reboot. Should throw up a red flag to someone in accounting, at least.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Peter Weller should play old Charles Xavier in DFP

    by chien_sale

    He's got the right age and build and commanding voice, just shave his head. He would be a dead ringer for Charles from the comics.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen anything Jose Padilha has directed

    by Deaft0ne

    but his other movie or movies seem to have had positive reviews and from early interviews before this went into production he seemed to have SOME good intentions about it as his own take on it as a remake. But after hearing that now that it's in production and that for every 10 ideas he has that 9 get shot down by finger waving hollywood exec fucknuts, you have to wonder why they even bothered hiring him in the first place and not just some yes-man dipshit like Paul "Worrisome Sores" Anderson or Renny Harlin or some other fuckwad like that to direct this. Once this comes out and shittanks at the box office worse than TOTAL REMAKE did, it will only remind people of how awesome and iconic the Verhoeven original is. And to the moron that was trying to defend the horrendous shit from the script like criminals being a focus group for RoboCop's design and his suit being made in China and other bullshit that has no place in a RoboCop movie, you're an idiot. This is basically going to be RoboCop 4 and that's all it ever will be and I bet it will be PG-13 like the 3rd one and even worse. Hollywood is now more insane than ever.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST

    My first Robocop experience

    by Baked

    4 years old, sitting in the theatre. Robocop is hacking the database to get at Boicker. Earthquake hits and shuts the movie off. Had to wait for it to come out on VHS. True story, no shit.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Message to Keaton

    by Dazzler69

    Get the powers that be to do a Batman toon with him as voice and in his Batman world right where he left off.