‘RoboCop: The Definitive History’: See exclusive images from the book

Oct. 24, 2014 | 12:33 p.m.
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A full-size model of RoboCop's armor. This image is featured in "RoboCop: The Definitive History" from Titan Books. (MGM / Orion Pictures / Columbia Pictures)

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The full-size, working model of ED-209 from "RoboCop." This image is featured in "RoboCop: The Definitive History" from Titan Books. (MGM / Orion Pictures / Columbia Pictures)

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A "RoboCop" storyboard depicts the moment the police force turns on Murphy. This image is featured in "RoboCop: The Definitive History" from Titan Books. (MGM / Orion Pictures / Columbia Pictures)

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A "RoboCop" storyboard depicts the moment the police force turns on Murphy. This image is featured in "RoboCop: The Definitive History" from Titan Books. (MGM / Orion Pictures / Columbia Pictures)

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Pre-visualization art of ED-209 in "RoboCop." This image is featured in "RoboCop: The Definitive History" from Titan Books. (MGM / Orion Pictures / Columbia Pictures)

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"RoboCop" storyboards depict Murphy and partner Jack Lewis attempting to take a crime boss into custody. This image is featured in "RoboCop: The Definitive History" from Titan Books. (MGM / Orion Pictures / Columbia Pictures)

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Concept design of the blood cleansing machine from "RoboCop." This image is featured in "RoboCop: The Definitive History" from Titan Books. (MGM / Orion Pictures / Columbia Pictures)

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Concept art shows state-of-the-art OmniCorp technology from "RoboCop." This image is featured in "RoboCop: The Definitive History" from Titan Books. (MGM / Orion Pictures / Columbia Pictures)

A new compendium about the cyborg film franchise “RoboCop” is out this week, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive sneak peek at some images from the book.

“RoboCop: The Definitive History,” from Titan Books, includes stills and behind-the-scenes images, concept art, storyboards, script extracts and new interviews.

"RoboCop: The Definitive History." (Titan Books)

“RoboCop: The Definitive History.” (Titan Books)

The 224-page hardcover is penned by British writer and documentary filmmaker Calum Waddell (“Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever”). The illustrated history chronicles the making of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi classic as well as its sequels, TV spinoffs and this year’s reboot from Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha.

The film franchise follows Alex Murphy — played by Peter Weller in the 1987 film and Joel Kinnaman in the 2014 remake — a cop who dies in the line of duty only to wake up as a part-man, part-robot police officer tasked with cleaning up a crime-ridden, dystopian Detroit. Verhoeven’s satiric film, which earned two Oscar nominations, was underscored by political commentary and made waves for its over-the-top violence and gore.

“The morality that’s endemic to the movie … is hard to replicate,” Weller said at a 2012 screening of the film. “It makes you laugh and cry and moves you, and it’s hysterical and horrible and all those unbelievable things at once.”

The 2014 reimagining, which incorporated drone politics and Padilha’s documentary filmmaking sensibility, was met with mixed reviews but earned more than $240 million at the worldwide box office.

“Once you have a ‘superhero movie’ that is not based on the fact that kids want to be that superhero, then the movie has to rely on other things,” Padilha told Hero Complex last year. “What ‘RoboCop’ did, the original one, was to rely on politics, social and ethical, and very, very interesting aesthetic decisions about violence and how violence is portrayed in the movie. And we kind of did the same thing, because actually you cannot do something different with it because it’s the nature of the character. Not even Alex Murphy wants to be RoboCop in the first movie. So once you have a character like that, it’s not the same thing as ‘Iron Man.’ It’s a different approach altogether.”

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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