“It has all the cool stuff about RoboCop except no RoboCop,”
That’s what reads a write up regarding a possible RoboCop prequel series in development (story HERE).
I don’t even know what that means.
RoboCop, like the Terminator and Predator and many other 80s action icons are always ripe for remakes and re-imagining because we can’t think of anything original to make, but the positioning of this concept is a poorly worded idea to pitch to an audience.
And social media agrees with me. Most took the cynical route and said it was a life that we were already living. Others decided that a show about the militarization of police wasn’t what anyone needed right now.
Really, it’s just a weird concept on a franchise that hasn’t had a win in quite a while.
The 2014 remake didn’t do well. Really, the sequels weren’t any good. If we’re being technical Robocop hasn’t had a win since the original.
Now, that’s not to say that this couldn’t be done correctly. A loyal audience and some clever storytelling can work like this. You look at Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D or Smallville that never really took the inspiration head on, but managed to put on a good show for years, it’s possible that this could work.
It may be that it’s just off to a bad start.
But if they are going to move forward on this, then let’s hope that it’s done correctly. RoboCop doesn’t need another “L” because we’re just trying to make a buck off of a once next-level concept.