RoboCop is coming back… again. The sequel, entitled RoboCop Returns, was first written by original RoboCop writers, Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, and will be directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium).
It doesn’t look like anyone is taking up the mantle from Joel Kinnaman on this one. This sequel is exciting because it picks up where the original movie left off, and it is created by the fathers of Robocop, themselves. According to Deadline, the script is being rewritten by Justin Rhodes, but Neumeier and Miner are producing and executive producing, so they’ll still have their hands on it. The hope is that they’ll be able to revive the franchise for new and old RoboCop fans, alike.
The plot for RoboCop Returns is that “anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption.” Which sounds pretty on-brand.
Blomkamp is a big fan of the original. He said this on the topic, “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.”
There are no dates or cast set for RoboCop Returns. We’ll keep you posted. What do you think of the news?