Paul Verhoeven continues to attack remakes and he is right

Paul Verhoeven has spoken again about the remakes of his films Full withdrawal and Robocopbut clearly we are not going to prove him wrong.

The violent Dutchman is a hybrid director with an exceptional career, but it is thanks to science fiction that he has achieved the greatest success in Hollywood by directing three masterpieces of the genre. And apart from the big one Starship Troopers What displeased Verhoeven with the United States, they had the right to their disastrous remakes. In 2012, Full recovery: programmed memories It was a particularly dull review in (almost) every respect and in its place we can only recommend another miracle from 2002: Minority Report or the fake sequel to Spielberg’s Total Recall.

However, the vain remake par excellence would arrive two short years later. In 2014, the Brazilian director José Padilha premiered and Robocop disconnected and profoundly useless. Result of a nightmare shoot for a filmmaker devoured by MGM producers. At the time, it did not fail to provoke the reaction of Paul Verhoeven, who found the new version absurd. And 10 years later, The Dutchman still doesn’t mince words about these fun remakes.


During an interview with the American operator metrographPaul Verhoeven naturally returned to Full withdrawal and Robocop that have acquired a spectacular aura over time. And he took the liberty of specifying the reasons why these two remakes didn’t quite work:

“Ce qui est magnífico dans le RoboCop original, ce qui fait qu’il ne s’agit pas d’une pure tragédie ou autre, c’est qu’il ne se souvient d’absolument plus rien. Il a bien quelques vagues souvenirs lorsqu’il se rend dans son ancienne maison, mais RoboCop n’est pas une figure tragique. Oui, il est tué de la manière la most horrible qui soit au début. Mais lorsque nous le revoyons en tant que robot, il ne ressent pas the same thing.

Disaster autopsy

In the new one, as he remembers everything, it is much more dramatic. At first, we wanted you to think of him as a robot cop. That’s what they did to him. In my opinion, it was a problem to make it more tragic. (…)

(Regarding 2012’s Total Recall) I thought there were a lot of special effects and this mystery: is it real or fake? –, I didn’t feel it at all anymore. “The interesting thing about the original movie is that in the end we still don’t know if it’s real.”

In any case, Paul Verhoeven has returned to the United States to write and undertake an erotic and political thriller along the lines of Basic instinct: young sinner. And if we doubt that he will one day return to science fiction, the man does not object despite his 85 years and his numerous disappointments in the country of Uncle Sam.

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