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    Robocop Returns

    Neill Blomkamp to Direct RoboCop Returns for MGM!



    Unlike the previous RoboCop remake from 2014, the new film will be a direct sequel to the original based on an unused RoboCop 2 screenplay by original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, with rewrites by Justin Rhodes.

    "The original definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid,” Blomkamp stated. “I loved it then and it remains a classic in the end of 20th Century sci-fi catalog, 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.”

    “Verhoeven felt at the time that making one would be de classe and he wasn’t interested in the politics of a sequel,” Neumeier said of why their RoboCop 2 never happened. “Then, the writers strike came along in 1988 and we were force majeured off the project. They brought in Frank Miller on a waiver. He wrote a draft and then another with Walon Green, and it got made by Irvin Kershner, who directed ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’ I went off and did ‘Starship Troopers’ with Paul.Right when Trump was about to be elected president, [MGM president Jon Glickman] called me and said, ‘Did you actually predict in your sequel script that a reality star would run for president and win?’ We had. So Mike and I wrote a draft and gave one interview in Barbados and I think the only person who read it was Neill Blomkamp, and that set this in motion.”


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    That sounds fun, although I wish RoboCop 2 was still canon...

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    Yeah, I saw a FB post about it earlier today. I'm excited that this is getting made.
    This sounds familiar, wasn't there a comic series that was made and based on the unreleased screenplay of Robocop 3?
    I wonder if they might work that into a sequel if Robocop Returns (I hope this is a working title and not the final name) is well made.

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    I'm up for it, i guess it was the logical step after the Remake flopped

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    ...well if it's in the same vain as the original (which IMO is freaking awesome, one of my all time fav movies) it could be great. Working in the fantastic blend of action, gore and black comedy could work fantastically well in this current climate...it could also fall very flat.

    I'm optimistic, but not yet hyped, cautious more like.

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    We'll see, I guess. Some of Blomkamp's work reminds me of Verhoeven's and I think he get's it when it comes to what makes the classics great; I'm not sure it's always made it all the way to the screen. Although Chappie wasn't as bad as reviewers said imho. I'm not invested in this, I'll enjoy it if it's good, let's hope they can surprise the cynics.

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    Are they jealous of the upcoming Terminator (which is also a direct sequel to T2)?

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    I like Blomkamp: Elysium was shit, but Chappie was good, I wish it could be a trilogy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizfan View Post
    Are they jealous of the upcoming Terminator (which is also a direct sequel to T2)?
    Perhaps we'll get a RoboCop versus Terminator movie after these

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    Honestly, I'm getting tired of these sequels that supposedly go back to the original films. Nostalgia is leading these projects more than anything else, and while I can respect the idea of going "back to the basics", I would rather move forward than look back so much.

    That said, we'll see how they turn out. There's some decent talent behind them at least.
    Last edited by BRoswell; 07-12-2018 at 11:55 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neorev View Post
    Perhaps we'll get a RoboCop versus Terminator movie after these
    That never had crossed my mind until you put it in there. I now want this. Going to go play the game now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRoswell View Post
    Honestly, I'm getting tired of these sequels that supposedly go back to the original films. Nostalgia is leading these projects more than anything else, and while I can respect the idea of going "back to the basics", I would rather move forward than look back so much.

    That said, we'll see how they turn out. There's some decent talent behind them at least.
    Yeah, personally I hated Blomkamp's Alien sequel idea that negated the third movie as I am a huge fan of the third one.

    But hey, can we make a new Matrix that negates the second and third ones? :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by neorev View Post
    Yeah, personally I hated Blomkamp's Alien sequel idea that negated the third movie as I am a huge fan of the third one.
    Not to derail this, but it would make a little sense that the events of the third film could have just been the content of one of Ripley's nightmares since she suffers from them in two separate scenes in Aliens.

    It'd be awful if he somehow applies this logic to this project though.

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