RoboCop remake makes blatant bid for Internet affections by casting Michael K. Williams
MGM continues to add to an already-impressive number of character actors recruited to distract you from whatever the new version of RoboCop will look like, how that will inevitably be silly and disappointing, the fact that RoboCop for some reason requires a human trainer now, and all the myriad other changes that will go into changing Paul Verhoeven's satirical, R-rated original into a PG-13 actioner, especially given how that worked out recently. But while the presence of Hugh Laurie, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, and Jackie Earle Haley is probably enough to provide the easily mollified audience at large somewhere else to look, the studio is now aiming to distract the ever-watchful Internet by dangling Michael K. Williams in front of its face as RoboCop's partner, hoping that the tantalizing prospect of making Wire-meets-RoboCop references is enough to get the web off its back for a while. "How you expect to run with the robo-wolves come night when you spend all day sparring with the robo-puppies?" for example, or, "A man's gotta have a code, laid out in a series of Prime Directives." "100110110110, indeed," and so forth. Actually, this is kind of fun. Go ahead and do whatever the hell you want now, MGM.