Neill Blomkamp set to direct new RoboCop for MGM
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp has been chosen to direct a new version of RoboCop for MGM, according to Deadline. The film will be called RoboCop Returns. Sound like familiar news? Yeah, it was a mere four years ago that José Padilha directed a reboot of the classic Paul Verhoeven film. However, this time around, original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner will produce and executive produce respectively. Justin Rhodes (the new Terminator) is set to rewrite a Meumeier and Miner sequel script from way back. RoboCop Returns‘ plot is stated as, “Anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption.”
Blomkamp told the site, “The original definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid. 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.”
The original 1984 film is the perfect example of a good genre movie that mocks the very genre its in. It starred Peter Weller as a cop who is at death’s door after being wounded, and turned into a cyber cop. However, he still has memories of his life and his family. The 2014 movie starred Joel Kinnaman. Blomkamp is known for his beautiful alien movie District 9, which looked at how the “other” is treated in our society. Maybe we go back and watch it again right now?
What do you guys think of the idea of RoboCop Returns? Are you excited to see Neill Blomkamp’s take on the film? Let us know in the comments.