RoboCop is preparing to return – again – and this time he’ll be brought to us by Neill Blomkamp, who gave us the snappy District 9.
The less said about the 2014 reboot the better, and it seems we’re not alone with this sentiment, as this new take – aptly titled RoboCop Returns – is set to be both a reboot AND direct sequel to the ace 1987 sci-fi action original.
That’s easy to say, but can they get it right this time? Well, the writers of that classic, Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, are producing this one, plus they penned the initial script that’s being beaten into shape by Justin Rhodes (who’s written the new Terminator and Masters of the Universe flicks, both due next year).
Neumeier, who also gave us the fab Starship Troopers, tells of how this sequel finally came about.
“Right when Trump was about to be elected president MGM president Jon Glickman called me and said, ‘Did you actually predict in your sequel script that a reality star would run for president and win?’ We had. So, Mike and I wrote a draft and gave one interview in Barbados and I think the only person who read it was Neill Blomkamp, and that set this in motion.”
Considering his movie pedigree, Blomkamp’s view of all things sci-fi could just be a perfect relaunching point for our cyborg cop hero. The director told Deadline that the 1987 RoboCop had quite an influence on him.
“The original definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid,” Blomkamp says. “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. 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. This is a movie I would love to watch.”
Now excuse us, we have to go. Somewhere there is a crime happening.