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MGM RoboCop Returns Lands Abe Forsythe As Director

Back in 1987 Orion released one of my favorite action films, Robocop. This film was directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. It starred Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer and Ronny Cox. It follows police officer Alex Murphy, who is killed by criminals but then brought back to life thanks to Omni Consumer Products as the superhuman cyborg police officer, RoboCop. The film made $53 million on a $13 million budget.

Now MGM has brought in Abe Forsythe, who directed Lupita Nyong’o’s zombie comedy Little Monsters, to helm a direct follow up to the 1987 film titled, Robocop Returns according to The Hollywood Reporter. Neumier and Miner, who are considered to be the films co-creators, join Atlas Entertainment’s Richard Suckle. Neumeier and Miner had written the script for the film years ago with Justin Rhodes that had Neil Blomkamp attached to direct. Reports are that Forsyth will rewrite the script by Rhodes.

Forsythe was an actor before he decided to take a chance at directing shorts and television shows in his native Australia. His film we mentioned above, Little Monsters, is a low-budget indie that was co-financed by Screen Australia that had gained the attention of audiences when it was released in theaters before it was available for streaming on Hulu.

After the first film in 1987, the next film RoboCop 2 directed by Irvin Kershner, was released in 1990. The third film in the franchise RoboCop 3 directed by Fred Dekker, was released in 1993. Then is 2014 the successor company to Orion Pictures, MGM, released a remake to the 1987 film also titled RoboCop. This film was directed by Jose Padilla and starred Joel Kinnaman as RoboCop along with Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson.

This was a very entertaining film that I enjoy watching to this day. It would be interesting to see what they have planned for a sequel to the original in this day and age. Are you still interested in another RoboCop film? Let us know in the comment section below!


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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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