It all started with a tweet. Back in 2011, Detroit Mayor, Dave Bing was actively promoting his Detroit Works Project, an initiative that called for members of the community to submit suggestions for a "strategic framework plan" for the city. He got the word out via Twitter, which garnered some interesting responses, not all of which were in a serious vein. One of the responses came from a Twitter user by the name of '@MT', who asked Bing if the city would bankroll the erection of a statue of Robocop, the half human-half robot police officer from Paul Verhoeven's 1987 action film. Bing's terse reply?
"There are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop. Thank you for the suggestion."
Subsequently, the idea grew wings and backers mounted a Kickstarter campaign to privately fund the project. A social media campaign, via Facebook, gathered even more support and over $60,000 was raised to fund the erection of the statue.
That was three years ago. Now, the statue is nearly complete and has already been delivered to Venus Bronze Works in Detroit for some last-minute finishing touches, before it's planned unveiling, scheduled for August 2014. Selection of an exact location for the statue has yet to be finalized.
Official Robocop Trailer Released Today
On the heels of the news of the statue's completion, the official trailer for the remake of the film, 'Robocop' was just released today. Joel Kinnaman will play Robocop in the new film, directed by José Padilha and filmed primarily in Toronto. Other stars of the film include Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton. The film is due to hit theaters on February 7, 2014. Check out the trailer, at left.
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