Next year, 1987's RoboCop will return — only as you might have heard, the half-man half-robot hero will be tackling modern anxieties over drone warfare. io9 caught up with RoboCop reboot director Jose Padilha to talk about how and why, and came back with an intriguing interview about how the cyborg will be a drone with a conscience. "There's a law in the future that forbids drones from puling the trigger. This drone manufacturer is losing a lot of money. And they circumvent the law by putting a man in the machine," says Padilha, explaining the plot.
According to the director, the film seeks to answer questions that arise when humanity realizes that no one person can necessarily be responsible if a drone shoots someone. "If a cop pulls the trigger, because a cop is a human being you can question his choice. You can say "you made a mistake." When a drone pulls the trigger and makes a mistake, whose fault is it?" he asks.
"When a drone pulls the trigger and makes a mistake, whose fault is it?"
You won't find a definitive answer to that question in the full interview, but you will find more insight into how RoboCop's director intends to reinterpret the 1987 original.