A licensing sizzle reel reveals concept art from the RoboCop remake

It’s fair to say that Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha’s (Elite Squad) forthcoming remake of the 80s sci-fi classic RoboCop has been dividing fans of the franchise, as evidenced by the mixed reaction to the spy photos giving us our first look at the newly-redesigned Robo-suit worn by Joel Kinnaman’s (The Killing) Alex Murphy. While some fans are looking forward to a fresh new take on the material, others have been highly critical of the changes – and indeed, the entire idea of remaking Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original.

UPDATE – IMAGES REMOVED AT THE REQUEST OF THE STUDIO.

So, if you fall under the latter category, or you’re still on the fence about the reboot, then perhaps a newly-released licensing ‘sizzle reel’ will help to win you over. The four-minute video features a host of concept art, along with comments from Padilha, Kinnaman, producer Eric Newman and VFX supervisor Jamie Price. Oh, and there’s also confirmation that RoboCop’s suit will evolve throughout the film, beginning with an updated version of the 1987 design before shifting to the black suit we’ve seen in the spy photos.

Regardless of RoboCop’s wardrobe, one thing’s for certain – Jose Padhila has certainly assembled a solid cast for his English-language debut, with Kinnaman joined in the $100-budgeted remake by Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch), Jackie Earle Haley (Lincoln), Jay Baruchel (Cosmopolis) and Michael Keaton (Batman). We’ll find out if the film lives up to the quality of the talent involved when RoboCop hits cinemas on February 7th, 2014…