ROBOCOP Returns with Director NEILL BLOMKAMP (With Ties to 1987 Original)

Lewis Collier
July 12, 2018

However, news now reaches us that Blomkamp instead is to tackle another beloved franchise: he's going to be making the next RoboCop film, a project whose existence first came to light earlier this year.

According to Deadline, District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp will be helming this revival, which MGM hopes will bring the franchise back to its heyday, and from the sound of it, some of the key creatives from the 1987 original will be back.

The sequel will be based on a script by the 1987 film's writers, Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner that will be reworked by Justine Rhodes-who most recently co-wrote the upcoming Terminator sequel.

This one has been bubbling away in development at MGM for a while now, with the original Paul Verhoeven film's writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner overseeing the new script.

Robocop Returns boasts the following tagline: "Anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption". The answer is probably, definitely, nearly 100% no; the original Paul Verhoeven flick is a badass romp, but very much of its time, as proven by the 2014 non-starter remake starring Joel Kinnaman you already forgot about.

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After directing sci-fi films like District 9, Elysium, and Chappie, Blomkamp seems like the ideal fit for a RoboCop reboot.

'The original definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid, ' Blomkamp told Deadline. But As I've gotten older, the part that really resonated with me is identity, and the search for identity. What's so cool about RoboCop is that like good Westerns, sci-fi films and dramas, the human connection is really important to a story well told. The other thing I am excited by is the chance to work again with Justin Rhodes.

The original RoboCop film starred Peter Weller as a police officer named Alex Murphy, who is transformed into cyborg law enforcement officer after he is declared dead following a violent confrontation with an armed gang. Then, the writers strike came along in 1988 and we were force majeured off the project. He has added elements that are pretty awesome, to a sequel that was set in the world of Verhoeven. The director says that he agreed to do the new project because he loved the first movie so much when he was a kid. "I went off and did Startship Troopers with Paul".

In a Twitter exchange, a fan tweeted at Neill Blomkamp to make sure that the RoboCop Returns movie will have an R-rating along with some satire and exploding Squibs.

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