I guess the answer is yes.
Last week after Peter posted about the Robocop remake and the fact that Samuel L. Jackson signed on as a media mogul and Gary Oldman, as the man who puts the Robo in Joel Kinnaman’s Cop, it looks like they’ve gone ahead and cast the villain. Hugh Laurie. Doctor House. I think this is a good piece of casting. He’s been good in mostly everything he’s been in, including his Dr. Sherlock show, so I think he’s got the chops to pull this off. Also, now that House is over, he can finally start acting in films as more than just a secondary or tertiary character. Within the next two years I can almost bet that Hugh Laurie and Bryan Cranston will be snapping up every 50 year old man role in Hollywood after crushing it on tv for the better part of the last decade and I can’t think of two actors more deserving of some great roles.
While I still find this film utterly unnecessary, they’ve gotten my 14 bucks now.
I would love to be pleasently surprised by this movie. Biggest thing now is the look. Tough because something like the 80s version would be to cheesey but I would be upset with anything else. If he just looks like a human, its a terminator film, or inspector gadget if he takes his gun out of himsepf
It will be all about tone. Form the casting it looks like they are going serious and gritty, which as long as they give it a biting satirical wit (that the original had in spades) things would totally work. If the film takes itself too seriously it could be a mess because it would be fighting the absurd premise of a dude who becomes half a robot. Nolan’s Batman films come close to having this problem, but they have just enough humor and spectacle to cut through the self-importance.
I think Dunn is spot on, they can’t be taking this film about a half man half robot all cop too seriously, right? I think Laurie will be able to deliver a good bit of sarcasm and be the type of villain you just want to see get the shit killed out of him at the end