Robo­Cop: The De­fin­i­tive His­tory

Murphy’s lore

SFX - - Books - Alex Cox

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

226 pages | Hard­back Au­thor: Calum Wad­dell Pub­lisher: Ti­tan Books

This glossy hard­back ticks ev­ery box of the Robo­Cop canon, even reach­ing beyond the films to cover both TV se­ries, comics, videogames, and – de­light­fully – Robo’s mer­ci­fully short- lived ten­ure bat­tling creeps as a pro wrestling at­trac­tion. The bal­ance weighs more heav­ily to­wards the first movie and the re­boot, but per­haps that’s a good thing. Too much Robo­Cop 3 can be as dam­ag­ing as a dose of Nuke.

Full of fresh in­ter­views, ob­scure poster images, be­hind- the- scenes shots, and in­ti­mate doc­u­ments de­tail­ing the trou­bled de­vel­op­ment process of ev­ery project, this is an en­tirely pleas­ing Robo- record. It’s well writ­ten and exquisitely cat­a­logued, though it’s a quick read; a lit­tle more em­pha­sis on words rather than pic­tures would have made it just per­fect.

Paul Ver­ho­even hated the idea of do­ing sci- fi – his wife con­vinced him after read­ing his dis­carded Robo­Cop script.

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