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Blomkamp Picked by MGM to Direct New ‘RoboCop’ Film

America wanted a new RoboCop movie, and Hollywood took just four years to comply.  According to Deadline, MGM has announced that Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) will direct the upcoming sci-fi adventure thriller, currently titled RoboCop Returns.  This news comes on the heels of a rumored and untitled Alien project, which also preliminarily tapped Blomkamp to direct.  It could be a very busy year for the 39-year-old South African native.

The new RoboCop film project will be very similar to the 2018 Halloween reboot in several ways.  Though the original RoboCop film (1987) was a moderate hit in theaters (spawning a hardcore following through VHS), the two sequels in 1990 and 1993 were less than stellar.  Original star Peter Weller bailed out after RoboCop 2, as production company Orion Pictures continued with another movie and even an ill-fated television series.  MGM will hire the original film’s writing duo of Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner as executive producers, as Justin Rhodes (Untitled 2019 Terminator reboot) will re-write the script that Neumeier/Miner created back in the late ’80s.  In this way, the new RoboCop movie will be more of a direct sequel to the original film, while ignoring all other sequels and side projects that have been created along the way. read more

New ‘RoboCop’ Film Rumored; Will it Be a Direct Sequel?

Remember when RoboCop was rebooted in 2014 to mixed reactions?  Well now you can choose to ignore it completely, as it appears a direct sequel to the 1987 cult hit is on the horizon.  Sitting down for an interview with Zeitgeist Magazine, Ed Neumeier, who was a screenwriter on the original film, let it be known that he’s working on a new RoboCop movie for MGM.

“They have me working on a new one at MGM right now, so maybe we’ll get another one (RoboCop sequel) out of it,” Neumeier says.  When pressed about the details by the Zeitgeist author, the Starship Troopers 3 director was understandably tight-lipped.  He did, however, imply that this new film would ignore the most recent reboot attempt as well as both sequels from the 1990’s and tie in more directly with the events of the 1987 version.  “So it’s a continuation really of the first movie,” he states. “In my mind. So it’s a little bit more of the old-school thing.” read more