RoboCop is coming back. Again. MGM is developing the sequel RoboCop Returns with District 9 and Elysium filmmaker Neill Blomkamp to direct.
The film will be a sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original about a cyborg police officer in a crime-ridden Detroit. It’s to be based on a never-made spec script by the 1987 film’s writers, Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner.
Two other sequels followed, in 1990 and 1993. MGM attempted a $100-million RoboCop reboot in 2014, starring Joel Kinnaman. It failed to kickstart the franchise, with $58.6 million in ticket sales in the US and Canada, though it fared better at the overseas box office with $184.1 million. Deadline first reported the project.
Very excited about this https://t.co/0R38DzSXp5
— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) July 11, 2018
Blomkamp, who was scheduled to direct a new film in the Alien franchise before the project was sidelined in favour of the Prometheus films, wrote on Twitter that he is very excited to take on this challenge.