A new feature length documentary will take an in-depth behind the scenes look at the legacy of RoboCop
Released in 1981 and directed by Paul Verhoeven, RoboCop was an instant cult classic. I remember my cousin lending me his copy which I watched on a regular basis, I thought it was a great film.
If you’ve never seen the film, here’s a synopsis and the original trailer:
In a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) into an armed confrontation with crime lord Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) so they can use his body to support their untested RoboCop prototype. But when RoboCop learns of the company’s nefarious plans, he turns on his masters.
I remember even watching it once with my mum in the room. As a Christian, she wasn’t very impressed with the violence and profanity and it was soon turned off!
Orion Pictures were so impressed with the feedback from the original film that two sequels were produced. By the time the second film was released and despite not being old enough to watch the films, children were also loving the cyborg law enforcer.
Robocop was franchised out to toys, lunch boxes, Saturday morning cartoons, a family friendly television series and more.
A successfully crowd funded documentary entitled RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop is currently in post production and have released a new five-minute trailer.
This new documentary has interviewed over ninety people from in front of and behind the camera and includes rare behind the scenes footage from the production of the first three films.
The only person you won’t find in the documentary, unfortunately, is the original RoboCop, Peter Weller who declined to take part in this production.
The fans behind the production company of this project, Dead Mouse, previously created two other cult classic documentaries.
Leviathan was a documentary on the making of Hellraiser and Hellraiser II: Hellbound and You’re So Cool Brewster: The Story of Fright Night was their next release about the making of Fright Night and Fright Night: Part II.
Dead Mouse hopes to release RoboDoc later this year.