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An Update On “Robocop Returns”

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The exciting sequel Robocop Returns is in the works and one of the primary persons making that happen, screenwriter, producer and director Edward Neumeier, has thoughtfully given fans a small update about where the process currently stands. Thanks, Edward!

The Return

Robocop Returns is intended to be the sequel to 1987 Robocop. It does not, however, seem to have anything to do with the 2014 remake of the original film. The remake was directed by Jose Padilha and was not received particularly well.

Robocop Returns was first announced last July and has since seemed to be moving through the early stages of development. The movie’s script is based on a script that Neumeier and Michael Miner wrote soon after the release of the original film. There is currently no scheduled release date for this developing sequel.

The Update

“Neill Blomkamp and his screenwriter Justin Rhodes have done a pass on the script we were writing on and they’re doing another one,” Neumeier said. “It is a slightly different concept in some ways than we were originally doing …I think Neill really really wants to make a good RoboCop movie. His idea is that it should be the proper Verhoeven…if [Paul Verhoeven] had directed a movie right after RoboCop I think that’s what he is trying to achieve and I hope he does.”

He also spoke briefly about the movie’s villains, saying that “we had some ideas about, shall we say, the future of augmented humans, and one of our villains is that and our other villain lives in the corporate world somewhat as before. But, you know, the RoboCop thing for me was always exploring man’s relationship with technology, coping with technology.”

Strong Direction

As Neumeier alluded to in his update, director Neill Blomkamp has been brought onboard to direct Robocop Returns. Blomkamp has directed other interesting films in the past including the very intriguing District 9. The accomplished director recently told Entertainment Weekly that he is aiming to make Returns reminiscent of its 1987 predecessor.

The legendary Robocop is finally getting the sequel it deserves. While it is still fairly early in the process of going from script to screen, this sequel is already shaping up to be very interesting.

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