Neill Blomkamp to direct RoboCop Returns

Lawrence Kim
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. The District 9 and Chappie director will, however, get a chance to reimagine another celebrated sci-fi franchise, as he's been tagged to helm a new RoboCop movie.

In 2014, director Jose Padilha's RoboCop remake tried and failed to capture the violent and prophetic spirit of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 classic. Justin Rhodes, who is also attached to write the upcoming "Terminator" reboot and the DC film "Green Lantern Corps", will rewrite Neumeier and Miner's script, with the two original writers serving as producer and executive producer.

Neumeier and Miner's original script, RoboCop 2: The Corporate War, was shelved when the filmmakers made a decision to go with another pair of writers for the sequel. The exploding Squibs might be a bit extreme, but a gritty R-rating will do wonders for the film as we see Alex Murphy come back yet again. The reported plotline does not offer much more in way of an explanation: "Anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption".

Proving that Halloween isn't the only film franchise capable of returning to its roots by seemingly disregarding reboots, MGM is ready to go ahead with RoboCop Returns.

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

"The original definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid", said Blomkamp. The film was a domestic flop and received more tepid reviews than its original, but found success in China and earned $240 million against a $101 million budget.

According to Blomkamp, the themes from the original movie that are now resonating with him mostly involve "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.

"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", Blomkamp continued.

In Blomkamp's words, "He (Rhodes) 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".

Right now, there's been no decision made as to who'll play the titular character, but we'll keep you posted as more info regarding RoboCop Returns make its way online.

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