Neill Blomkamp Tackling 'RoboCop Returns' to Revive Franchise (Again)
Reviving "RoboCop," take two.
MGM is hoping once again to jumpstart franchise that began with the 1987 classic action flick, this time with director Neill Blomkamp ("District 9," "Chappie") at the helm of "RoboCop Returns.
Original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner wrote a sequel script to their 1987 film that is being reworked by Justin Rhodes (co-writer of the upcoming "Terminator").
The original movie, directed by Paul Verhoeven, starred Peter Weller as a mortally injured police officer whose life is saved when he's half-turned into a cyborg. RoboCop fought crime in Detroit, though he was also plagued by memories of his previous married life.
It was followed by two unmemorable sequels and then a reboot in 2014 with director Jose Padilla and star Joel Kinnaman. It didn't catch on with audiences in the U.S. (though it did make $240 worldwide and performed well in China).
Blomkamp told Deadline that the story of "RoboCop" had a huge effect on his childhood and now what really resonates is the theme of "identity, and the search for identity."
He added, "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."