The first episode in the must-see four-part SCREAMBOX Original series RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop streams next Tuesday, August 29, on SCREAMBOX, with additional installments dropping weekly.
For the physical collector, we have both a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray available for pre-order at Amazon and a SteelBook Exclusive to Walmart (these are extremely limited and typically sell out), both releasing on October 17th.
As of this writing, RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop is currently a #1 best seller on Amazon, with SCREAMBOX’s Hollywood Dreams & Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story and Living With Chucky also both charting in the “Documentaries” section.
From the makers of Hollywood Dreams & Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story (also available as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray or SteelBook), RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop takes an in-depth look into the creation of the groundbreaking franchise and features new interviews with cast and crew, including Hollywood icons such as Peter Weller, Diane Robin, Ronny Cox, Nancy Allen, Ray Wise, director Paul Verhoeven & more.
In Episode 1 “Destination Delta City”, ‘Who is he? What is he? Where does he come from?’ Take a deep dive into the making of the sci-fi masterpiece RoboCop. Hear the origins of how Orion Pictures assembled a magnificent cast & crew, who unbeknownst to them, have signed up for a turbulent and career-defining ride.
Dead or alive, you’re watching this series…
Part man. Part machine. All cop. RoboCop burst onto the scene in the late 1980s as the cinematic landscape began to shift. Robots and artificial intelligence were making their way into the public consciousness and their stories captured the world’s imagination. This popularity helped the franchise gross over $100 million at the box office while inspiring a pair of sequels as well as an animated television series and merchandise.
Hailed as “one of the best action movies of the 1980s” by Collider, RoboCop pushed boundaries as a thriller with shots of brutality and torture in the opening scene. The dystopian satire came to life by Ed Neumeier while working on the set of Blade Runner with Rob Bottin (The Fog, The Thing) handling the special effects which included practical effects, the violent gore and the infamous RoboCop costume.
Produced by Gary Smart, an award-winning filmmaker known for the Dark Ditties series and You’re So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright, the doc is directed by Chris Griffiths and Eastwood Allen who previously collaborated with Smart on Pennywise: The Story of IT. The docu-series looks back at the groundbreaking sci-fi franchise through the eyes of those who created it. RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop shows the franchise’s impact on the action and science fiction genres, blazing a trail alongside The Terminator, into the technologically driven cinema scape we see today. That impact is still being felt, as the 2014 remake of RoboCop grossed over $240 million at the box office.
The series was written by Allen, Griffiths and Smart and produced by Smart, Michael Perez & Hank Starrs, with John Cashin, Gary Collins, Ben KB Ng, Fuad Omar, Aleksandar Smiljanic, Sean Tiedeman and Laurence Gornall acting as Executive Producers. RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop was composed by Sean Schafer Hennessy who previously worked on the horror documentary Pennywise: The Story of IT & Scream: The Inside Story.
RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop – 4-part docuseries schedule:
- Ep 1 – Destination Delta City – August 29
Synopsis: ‘Who is he? What is he? Where does he come from?’ Take a deep dive into the making of the sci-fi masterpiece ‘RoboCop’. Hear the origins of how Orion Pictures assembled a magnificent cast & crew, who unbeknownst to them, have signed up for a turbulent and career-defining ride.
- Ep 2 – Verhoeven’s Mantra – September 5
Synopsis: With the production in full swing, a notoriously demanding, volatile and mad-genius of a director in Paul Verhoeven is pushing the envelope and many people’s buttons. The shoot is heating up, the tensions are rising and with the unprecedented filming conditions, the cast & crew are pushed to their limits.
- Ep 3 – Blood, Sweat & Steel – September 12
Synopsis: Hear the untold first-hand accounts from the resilient cast & crew, as they relive the golden era of hands on, practical filmmaking in the 1980s.
- Ep 4 – Murphy & The Machine – September 19
Synopsis: A movie icon is unleashed to the world, creating an unforgettable legacy with lasting memories for the people who lived through its production.
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