It seems like only four years ago that we got a remake of RoboCop. Oh, wait, that was four years ago, and while the film did okay overseas, it pretty much tanked stateside. Still, that’s never been a thing to keep a studio down, as they are taking another crack at it with the upcoming RoboCop Returns.
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. Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, who wrote the original film, are producing and executive producing, respectively, and the pair even took a crack at the script themselves.
Justin Rhodes, who wrote the upcoming Terminator film from Tim Miller, will be rewriting the script from the previously-mentioned writers, and from the sound of it, this will act as a sequel to the Paul Verhoeven-directed original film, not the Jose Padilha-directed one from 2014.
“The original definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid,” Blomkamp told the outlet. “I loved it then and it remains a classic in the end of 20th Century sci-fi catalog, with real meaning under the surface. Hopefully that is something we can get closer to in making of a sequel. That is my goal here. What I connected to as a kid has evolved over time. At first, the consumerism, materialism and Reaganomics, that ’80s theme of America on steroids, came through most strongly. But As I’ve gotten older, the part that really resonated with me is identity, and the search for identity. As long as the human component is there, a good story can work in any time period, it’s not locked into a specific place in history. 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. What draws me now is someone searching for their lost identity, taken away at the hands of people who are benefiting from it, and seeing his memory jogged by events. That is most captivating. The other thing I am excited by is the chance to work again with Justin Rhodes. He has added elements that are pretty awesome, to a sequel that was set in the world of Verhoeven. This is a movie I would love to watch.”
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