Robocop takes on al-Qaeda in new film

Ben Arnold
Yahoo UK Movies News

Robocop tackles an al-Qaeda training camp in the new reboot of the film, according to a recent version of the script leaked to a US film blogger.

In an avalanche of tweets, writer Drew McWeeny of the website HitFix revealed several of the key plot points from the script, airing his dislike along the way.

And though this appears to be early version of the script, there may be spoilers ahead...

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“I tried to read the 'Robocop' remake, but 20 pages in my nose started bleeding and I forgot my name. #nobueno #reallynobueno,” he began.

“Hold onto your sides for more hilarious 'Robocop' details. They outsource his construction to China. #seriously,” he later added.

McWeeny, who has worked as a screenwriter himself, then goes on to reveal that Robocop is later dropped in to clean up an al-Qaeda training camp, while the ED-209 robot from the original film is deployed in Iran to 'subdue suicide bombers'.

He's also critical of frequent references to the first film, and that Robocop is capable of 'transforming'.

“I’ll say this: once the script stops all the winky-winky c**p and just starts telling a story, it’s not terrible. But it’s way too late. If you can get past Robocop The Transformer, there are some interesting action beats,” he sums up.

“And I’m sure (Jose) Padilla will direct the hell out of it. But overall? Ouch. Ouch. Ohpleasedon’t. Ouch. And a big side order of ouch.”

The film is currently in currently in development, and has confirmed that Joel Kinnaman will star as Robocop, alongside Hugh Laurie, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Abbi Cornish and Michael K. Williams.

It's due for release in August, 2013.