How much money (USD-$) did it cost (or theoretically would have costed) Omni Consumer Products to build and create Robocop?


** Warning - Lots and lots of unfounded assumptions below - Warning. **

We know that the cost of turning Alex Murphy into Robocop in the 2014 reboot was $2Bn. This evidently included a customised overseas facility and a dedicated (and extensive) R&D programme.

NORTON (CONT'D): Let me phrase this so there's no misunderstanding. A two billion dollar, psychotic killing machine is loose out there - and we're most likely its top two targets. Is that clear enough for you?

By comparison, the Robocop trial programme in the 1987 version is all kinds of cheap, built in a basement facility in downtown Detroit, a junior OCP exec's pet project running with just a handful of staff.

If we assume that they spent 90% less in the original film, and then taking into account the currency shift between 1987 and 2014, that gives us a very very rough figure of around $80-100M to turn Alex Murphy into Robocop in the 1987 film.

  • Why would OCP be using pounds? I agree with the overall cheapness of the operation, but is there evidence that they cannibalized spare parts? The arm, which is the only bit of RoboCop we see before the finished product, certainly belies that assumption. The impression I got was that they had the basic tech to keep however much brain they harvested from Murphy alive and interface to it, but they were still working on the prostheses, which took several months to develop. – John Sensebe Apr 24 '16 at 16:39
  • @JohnSensebe - Oops. I forgot to switch the currency marker over :-) – Valorum Apr 24 '16 at 16:41
  • @JohnSensebe - That's a fair point. In the 1987 film the Robocop programme is a pet project of a junior VP but there's no indication that they aren't researching new tech. That being said, compare it to what we see in the reboot... – Valorum Apr 24 '16 at 16:44
  • I don't think you can compare it to the reboot, though. They are completely different films. Again, I agree with you that the 1987 RoboCop was built on the cheap with limited resources, but it's outright stated in the film (though it could be exaggeration) that the project is "ready to go", implying that the project has been underway alongside the ED-209 project for some time. And there is no indication in the movie (or indeed the entire pre-reboot franchise) that the tech needed to interface a computer to a bit of brain tissue existed anywhere else. – John Sensebe Apr 24 '16 at 17:02
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    But can I buy that for a dollar? – RomaH May 24 '16 at 18:09

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