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Paul Verhoeven’s original Robocop is getting a sequel!

July 12th, 2018 by Marc Comments

Waoh! Great news for fans of Paul Verhoeven’s classic Robocop as a sequel to it has just been confirmed.

The new movie will be directed by District 9 director Neil Blomkamp and will ignore the 2014 disaster remake and, while we’re not sure, we’d imagine – as is becoming a trend now – will ignore Robocop 3 and possibly Robocop 2 too.

But here’s the really exciting news… the movie, while directed by Blomkamp, will be penned by Justin Rhodes, the guy who penned the new Terminator movie but here’s the honeypot: it’s a rewrite of the scrip written by Robocop writers/creator  Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner which was originally meant to be a sequel to the original movie.  Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner are on this one as producer.

In the new movie anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption.

Of course, we’re wondering who will step into the role that made Peter Weller so famous.

“I loved it then and it remains a classic in the end of 20th Century sci-fi catalog,” says Blomkamp.

“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. 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.”

 

‘Set in the Verhoeven universe’ you had us at hello, sir.

Taking the original set in the Reagan era and bringing Robocop back in Trump’s America, well, that just seems like maybe Robocop has been sitting waiting for the time to be right.

The movie is being made by MGM and we’re hearing  Robocop Returns as a title.

Whatever it is, with the original writers involved and the guy behind District 9 directing it? Well, we’re pre-booking tickets now.

What say you all?

Source: Deadline

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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