As a native of Detroit (not the metropolitan area but the actual city) I’m ecstatic to report this news. According to the Detroit Free Press, fans of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi action film RoboCop have taken matters into their own hands and generated enough money to erect a statue of the title character in the city.
When local Detroit artists made a plea to city officials to pay homage to the famous character Mayor Dave Bing initially shut down the idea. He took to his Twitter (Why does he have a Twitter?) and denied that it was happening. But fans wouldn’t take no for an answer, they set up a website and began donating in droves to pay for the statue themselves.
Just six days after raising donations on the internet, artists and fans exceeded their fund-raising goal of $50,000. But even though they’ve surpassed their original amount, they want to keep the donations coming until March 29th, so they can make the statue the biggest and the best.
The location of where RoboCop will be built hasn’t been confirmed but several options include the downtown area near Comerica Park or the Imagination Station.
Detroit is my hometown, and I don’t know anyone from that area who doesn’t know their fair share of RoboCop dialogue. As a kid I was fascinated by the concept of Old Detroit vs New Detroit. I was excited that my city was in a movie that thousands of other people knew about.
To this day that movie holds a special place in my heart. There are so many unforgettable lines, but my personal favorite will always be “Nice shooting son. What’s your name?” RoboCop replies, “Murphy.” Cut to black and cue the amazing RoboCop theme!
What do you think of a RoboCop statue being erected in Detroit?