In ‘RoboCop,’ the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees its chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.
’RoboCop’ is directed by José Padilha and stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. The screenplay is by Joshua Zetumer, based on the 1987 motion picture written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. The film hits the big screen on February 7th in the UK and February 12th in the US.
What was the appeal of this film for you? Considering the prevalence of drones in the 21st Century, we seem to have caught up with many of the things touched on in the original ‘RoboCop’? Can you recall your initial discussions about this film?
Joel Kinnaman: My excitement was a lot to do with the fact that José Padilha was going to direct this movie. I’d seen his movie ‘Bus 174,’ the documentary, and then I’d seen his two ‘Elite Squad’ movies. I considered him one of the most interesting directors in the world. And then the fact that he even knew who I was, that was amazing to me – and when he wanted to sit down with me, I was so honored by that. I liked that he wanted to make a big exciting action movie that also has intelligence, a lot of emotion, that appeals to both the kid in me and the adult in me – and I feel that this movie does all of those things. I’m proud of it on many levels. It’s entertainment but then it’s also entertainment with some substance, it discusses some very interesting philosophical and political ideas.
According to Variety, Paul Bettany, best known in the Marvel world for voicing J.A.R.V.I.S., Iron Man/Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr) helpful A.I. system, will be playing the Vision in Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ In the comics, the Vision was originally a Golden Age character, yet his back-story was altered later on to be an android created by robotic villain Ultron (James Spader). Initially battling against the heroes, he becomes a hero, and even gets into a romantic relationship with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). At this moment in time there’s no information regarding how the Vision will factor in the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ plot. Production on the film starts next month.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen join the Avengers family as the brother-sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the Avengers’ return to the big screen from writer/director Joss Whedon. The film comes to cinemas on May 1st, 2015. While plot and cast details have been kept under wraps, the ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ cast will also include Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Evans as Captain America and Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker.
Out and about on the promotional campaign for ‘The LEGO Movie,’ MTV News asked Chris Pratt what grabbed him about the material of ‘Jurassic World’ – aside from the fact that it’s an opportunity to join the ‘Jurassic Park’ universe, “What I liked about it was it answers the question of ‘Why would you do that?’ Like, how do you suspend disbelief to be like, ‘Oh yes, let’s make this mistake again. We haven’t learned out lesson about dinosaurs, we should definitely live with them and see how that works out!’ after like three tries at it. They answer the question really well through the script. Colin did a great job of writing it and justifying it and in his own way having fun with that, so anybody who goes in with that question will be really amused—the way I was—about how they answer that.”
On the topic of director Colin Trevorrow, Chris Pratt talked about working with the filmmaker, “He’s got a great vision for the movie… It’s awesome that Steven Spielberg is taking a chance on this guy because he’s got a really clear vision. I sat down with him and it was kind of like with me and [Guardians of the Galaxy director] James [Gunn], we just kind of started getting excited about this.”
Open Road Films Pick Up ‘Rock The Kasbah’ – Starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride…
Open Road Films send word that they’ve acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the original comedy ‘Rock the Kasbah,’ which is set to star Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf and Zooey Deschanel. The film tells the story of “Richie Vance” (Murray) a has-been rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When Richie finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol”, the wildly popular “Afghan Star”. ‘Rock the Kasbah’ is written by Mitch Glazer and directed by Barry Levinson (Wag the Dog, Rain Man). Production is slated to begin this June.
Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, stated, “We were blown away by the script for ‘Rock the Kasbah’. We are thrilled to re-team with Bill Block and his team at QED and looking forward to working with legendary filmmaker Barry Levinson and this incredible ensemble cast led by the one and only Bill Murray.”
Universal Pictures have announced that Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have closed deals to reprise their roles for ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ the sequel to the 2012 musical comedy. Elizabeth Banks, who produced and co-starred on the original, is making her directional debut on the new movie, which has a release date of May 15th, 2015. Kay Cannon, who penned the original ‘Pitch Perfect,’ is writing the screenplay for the sequel.
‘Pitch Perfect’ centered on a freshman (Kendrick) who reluctantly joins a college acappella group called the Bellas and leads it to the finals. The movie grossed more than $115 million worldwide on a $17 million budget. It also over-performed in ancillary markets with the studio estimating it generated roughly $135 million in physical and digital home entertainment sales across North America to date, making it one of the top-performing DVD and VOD titles of 2013.
From Marvel comes this new character poster for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (Welcome to Collinwood) from a screenplay written by the ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is set for release on April 4th in the US and March 28th in the UK.