Robocop is BACK!!

Published on June 12th, 2009

One of my favorite films of all time is the 1987 ultra-violent action flick, RoboCop. Sure, I’m aware that Frank Miller worked on the screen plays for RoboCop II and RoboCop III, but I don’t give a shit since I am not a fan of Miller.

robocopIt has come to my attention that a RoboCop movie remake is in development, and I’m not a big fan of the idea. I have always loved the concept of a cyborg guy doing his part of putting an end to the violent, out of control crime in a city that lay in financial ruin. And yes, I can accept the fact that the character of RoboCop was inspired by Judge Dredd, since I also love Dredd.

Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, and Avatar Press (which featured some of the best story lines) have published RoboCop comics, and now it was announced that Dynamite Entertainment together with MGM will bring RoboCop back to the medium. While I may not be hyped about a movie remake, I can’t WAIT for a comic book reboot!

Here is the official press release for the new series:

Dynamite Entertainment confirmed a new agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures to develop a new original comic book series based on the ROBOCOP franchise.

The franchise launched in 1987 with the feature film ROBOCOP, directed by Paul Verhoeven.  Two additional feature films and multiple television shows followed the cyborg law enforcer as he battled to clean up crime-ridden Detroit.

Known for their faithful yet decidedly modern interpretations of such exciting and venerable properties as Zorro, The Lone Ranger, MGM’s Man with No Name, and the just released Buck Rogers, Dynamite will bring their full creative vision to bear on the Robocop franchise through an ongoing comic book series. This series will continue to explore more of the dangers of Detroit, its citizens, and  Officer Murphy’s continued dealings with the scum that stalks the streets — all the while missing his human side.

The company is currently reviewing creative options, including their writing and art team, but of the franchise, Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci said, “What makes ROBOCOP such an interesting canvas is that the series has always explored larger themes including gentrification, the media and human nature.  All while delivering a riveting and visceral experience.”

Stay tuned  to Comic Impact as I will be posting more on this book as more news comes in. Guess what I am going to watch later tonight?

Simon Daoudi
Simon@comicimpact.com