So, if I'm reading this thread right, people want their remakes to be exactly like the original? Kinda defeats the purpose of a remake if the new film is just going to copy everything about the original.
No, we at least like to know they got it RIGHT--
I'm sure the producer worshipped what he thinks the original movie represented, but if he got most of the fundamental concepts wrong, he doesn't deserve to be a fan of it, let alone the one person he believes will "bring it back".
(Every time I see a loyally devoted remake earnestly and enthusiastically get the basic ideas wrong, for some reason I keep being reminded of Steve Carrell's line from "Dinner With Shmucks": "Like John Lennon sang, 'You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not.' ")
In this case, the producer went in not with a tribute to Verhoeven, or to Judge Dredd, or to a savage satire 80's Reagan-era conservativism--He went in with the idea that Movies Were Cool in the 80's. (An early concept for the teaser poster, back when it was still in limbo, made Robo look like a neon videogame Tron...It's so 80's!)
It's not the only remake so far to come up with that idea, but unfortunately, the concepts tend to end there: Yes, I miss movies in the 80's, too. Ticket prices were cheaper, actors' salaries were less, there were more studios and fewer parent corporations, and nobody worried about making things generic for female audiences or overseas markets. It was easier to just walk into a theater and see a movie back then, whereas almost nobody does it today. Seems the people who miss the 80's the most are those who weren't alive back then, and hear stories of how their parents used to jaunt to the cineplexes with their high-school dates on Friday nights, to see Back to the Future, and slasher movies, and The Breakfast Club! Gee, why can't we have those days again?...Maybe if there was another Robocop, or another Total Recall!
And, like everything we mythologize about our childhoods or someone else's....we treat it with absolute grave, earnest reverence. (The equally ponderous and humorless Tron Legacy should have been enough evidence of that.)
IOW, the remake producer was more in love with a year and an idea than with a directorial vision. Oh, he tried to earn his bread by pasting on some 10's idea of "Tech surveillance", but most of the remake producers are trying to come up with important "alibis" why their bringing a beloved movie back, and not just because they thought it must've been cool when it came out. And the more important they try to be....the more humorless, preening and ponderous the story gets away from the original's tone, lest anyone accuse them of not being a serious enough fan of it.