‘RoboCop’ reloads May 19: Peter Weller marks 25th anniversary

April 26, 2012 | 8:42 p.m.

Peter Weller, left, played the title character in the 1987 film "RoboCop." (Jose Goitia/Canadian Press; Deana Newcomb/Orion Pictures)

Twenty-five years later, “RoboCop” still opens fire on the imagination – as arresting satire and bloodbath cinema, it is both deadly funny and just plain deadly.

Peter Weller, the man inside the machine man, will mark the film’s silver anniversary with a special May 19 appearance at the 2012 Hero Complex Film Festival after a screening of a new digitally remastered print of director Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi action film.

The “RoboCop” matinee at noon kicks off a day of bruising and bent cinema. Malcolm McDowell will take the stage at 4 p.m. for a Q&A before the screening of “A Clockwork Orange,” and then “Super” will be screened at 8:30 p.m. before the night’s final Q&A, with Rainn Wilson. Each screening is ticketed separately.

Weller will be talking about the future as well as his past — he has just finished up his work on the set of the  J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek” sequel, and he probably has opinions on the escalating discussion of a “RoboCop” remake that  will try to follow in his clanging footsteps.

The third edition of the Hero Complex Film Festival runs May 18-21 at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live. Tickets are now on sale. For a full list of screenings and ticket information, visit the festival landing page.

– Geoff Boucher

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