MGM announced late last week that the upcoming remake of Paul Verhoeven's "Robocop" will be patrolling theaters IMAX-style beginning February 7, 2014. The film is directed by Jose Padilha and stars Joel Kinnaman("The Darkest Hour", TV's The Killing), Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman.
The IMAX format combines software and hardware to offer a large-format viewing experience. Some motion pictures are shot especially for the format. Recent films like "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" and "The Dark Knight Rises" were filmed using IMAX technology, allowing the films to utilize the full height and width of the IMAX screen. IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster commented on the announcement:
"Jose Padilha has re-imagined this story in an exciting new way and we're thrilled to partner with Sony to bring it to audiences worldwide in the immersive format - IMAX."
"Robocop" tells the story of of Alex Murphy, a copy in futuristic Detroit. A run-in leaves him terminally wounded, and the only chance to keep him alive is to make him half man and half machine. The liberties taken with the story are quite obvious from the remake's first trailer. This new vision certainly appears geared toward a PG-13 rating, as opposed to Paul Verhoeven's graphic, violent original.
Columbia Pictures and MGM are partnering on the release of "Robocop", which hits theaters February 7, 2014.