A few months ago I posted the news that a new Robocop movie based on an older script was being mooted, and now I can tell you that it’s official. ‘Deadline’ have reported that MGM are developing a new RoboCop installment which will have Neill Blomkamp direct. The film is simply titled RoboCop Returns and will feature Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner as producer and executive producer, respectively. It was those two who wrote the script, originally intended for the planned sequel at the time, that’s being rewritten by Justin Rhodes. Plot details are virtually non-existent so far:
Anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption.
….is all we’ve been told. However, Blomkamp has spoken a little about his love for the original and what he hopes to bring in the new movie;
“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 ’80’s 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”.
Well the man behind District 9, Chappie and Elysium certainly seems like a great fit for this material, so I’m rather optimistic about this….