Neill Blomkamp, the filmmaker behind District 9, Elysium and Chappie, will soon be tackling a new RoboCop film.
MGM has gone into development on a new installment in the RoboCop franchise, which director Paul Verhoeven kicked off in 1987. According to Deadline, Blomkamp has signed up to take the helm of the project, which may shape up to be a straight sequel to the original film.
Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, screenwriters of the first film, wrote a sequel years ago but it never came to fruition. Neumeier told Deadline that their planned follow-up fell apart due to a number of reasons, such as Verhoeven not being interested in a sequel and he and Miner being moved from the project due to the 1988 writers’ strike. Frank Miller (Sin City) was brought on to pen a draft and the sequel evolved in a big way, eventually directed by Empire Strikes Back helmer Irvin Kershner. RoboCop 2 received mixed to negative reviews.
Neumeier and Miner are now on board this new film as producer and executive producer, respectively, with Justin Rhodes attached to rewrite their script. Although a new script is being crafted, Neumeier and Miner are said to be heavily involved. Rhodes, by the way, is also a co-writer on the next Terminator movie, which is being directed by Deadpool helmer Timer Miller.
The sequel’s basic logline is as follows: Anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption.
Blomkamp hasn’t made a film since 2015’s Chappie, a tonal mash-up of sweet and brutal that didn’t do well with the critics or at the box office. The filmmaker has since been working on short film projects and his production company, Oats Studios. He came close to crafting a new Alien film, but Fox ended up shelving that project to focus on Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, which didn’t exactly ace it across the board.
Blomkamp hit Instagram with with a one-word reaction: “Stoked.”
Joel Kinnaman played the superhuman cyborg law enforcer in a 2014 reboot, which was met with a mixed critical reception but managed to more than double its $US100 million budget with a worldwide draw of $US242 million, a big chunk of which came from China.
Here’s hoping we get a worthy new RoboCop film. Stay tuned.