RoboCop set to tear up Hamilton in September

The remake of the sci-fi classic is going to be filmed on James Street North in September.
This photo from the set of RoboCop II shows Peter Weller (left), as RoboCop and director Irvin Kershner. The reboot of the classic sci-fi series is set to begin filming in Hamilton this September. (Orion Pictures Corp., Deana Newcomb/Associated Press)

The streets of Hamilton are in for some tough justice this September.

RoboCop, a re-imagining of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven cult classic, is scheduled to begin shooting on James Street North next month.

The film stars Michael Keaton, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson and is directed by José Padilha.

Film crews are set to shoot on James Street North from Sept. 24 until Oct. 1.

Soon this building on James Street North will be part of the set for the new RoboCop film. (Adam Carter/CBC)

"They're going to transform the street to look like Detroit," said Julia Davis, from the Hamilton Film and Television office.

Builders constructing the set at 265 James Street North say they're setting up the space to look like a restaurant for a chase scene in the film.

Then when it's finished, they'll tear it all down again.

Michael Keaton was a late addition to the film's star-studded cast. On Wednesday, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures announced he's set to play Raymond Sellars, the CEO of the corporation that builds RoboCop.

"Michael is the final addition to the amazing cast we have assembled for this film and it is so great to have the last puzzle piece in place," Padilha said. "It is thrilling that everything has come together to bring this innovative new vision of RoboCop to life. We've got a great script, a great cast, some killer ED-209's and I can't wait to get Alex Murphy back on the streets."

RoboCop is considered a sci-fi classic, and tells the story of Alex Murphy, a Detroit cop who is killed on duty but resurrected as a hulking cyborg.

The original was heralded by critics for its smart satire of American culture. Some called it the best film of 1987.

The RoboCop reboot is slated for an August 2013 release.