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In The Works At MGM With DISTRICT 9 Helmer Neill Blomkamp On Board To Direct



MGM is developing a new RoboCop movie which has Neill Blomkamp on board to direct. The film will be based on a script writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner penned years ago as a sequel to the original...

Neill Blomkamp may never get to make that Alien movie, but he will get to leave his mark on another classic sci-fi franchise!

Deadline reports that The District 9 director has signed on to helm RoboCop Returns for MGM. The project is being developed from a script that was actually written Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner as a direct sequel to Paul Verhoeven's beloved original. Terminator reboot scribe Justin Rhodes will now get to work on a rewrite.

Yes, it looks like this will be a follow-up to Verhoeven's film and not a sequel to the 2014 reboot with Joe Kinnaman, which, while technically well made, toned down the OTT violence, satire and social commentary of the original.

Here's what Blomkamp had to say about boarding the project:
“The original definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid. 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.”
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It was announced today that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is tackling Robocop Returns and now, the director has confirmed that it will be an R-rated affair. Original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner are producing and executive producing, respectively, while Justin Rhodes will rewrite the script that Neumeier and Miner wrote years ago as a planned sequel to the original 1987 movie, which was directed by Peter Verhoeven. Their original script never made it into a sequel due to a writer's strike.

In a Twitter exchange, a fan tweeted at Neill Blomkamp to make sure that the RoboCop Returns movie will have an R-rating along with some satire and exploding Squibs. Blomkamp promptly responded and simply said, "there will be all of these things." The exploding Squibs might be a bit extreme, but a gritty R-rating will do wonders for the film as we see Alex Murphy come back yet again. The new RoboCop Returns will have nothing to do with the reboot that was released a few years ago, which is probably a good thing.
José Padilha's 2014 reboot of the RoboCop franchise was looked down upon amongst fans and critics. Neill Blomkamp is attempting to make a proper sequel to the 1987 film with the original writers on board. The director says that he agreed to do the new project because he loved the first movie so much when he was a kid. Throughout his life, Blomkamp found different things to admire about RoboCop. He had this to say.
"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."
While many are excited about RoboCop Returns with Neill Blomkamp at the helm and a story from the original writers, there are plenty of people that are pretty skeptical about the project. The last reboot was in development forever, only to come out and barely break even. It seems that the studio (or all studios) will keep coming back to the familiar franchises to see if they can get anything to stick, which has several fans upset about tarnishing the legacy of the original 1987 film.

While reboot fatigue is understandable, MGM seems to be taking the right roads to get the new RoboCop Returns made. While Neill Blomkamp is new to the franchise, he's getting the original story that was intended by original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner with some tweaks by Justin Rhodes, who wrote the screenplay for Terminator 6. Blomkamp should be able to deliver the gritty R-rated version of Alex Murphy to the masses that will hopefully satisfy new and old fans of the Robocop franchise. More news is expected to be announced in the months to come. Until then, check out the funny exchange that revealed the R-rating below, thanks to Neill Blomkamp's Twitter account.
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Robocop: Is Neill Blomkamp Teasing Peter Weller's Return?





The announcement that District 9 director Neil Blomkamp is directing Robocop Returns has gotten the fanbase of the franchise buzzing in the right way. News that Blomkamp's film will be a direct sequel to the original Robocop, with some of the same creative team involved, has been a serious stamp of fan-approval for this new attempt at a Robocop movie. Well, fans better hold on to their collective hats, as Blomkamp may now be teasing the return of the original Robocop himself, Peter Weller!
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— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) August 13, 2018
Blompkamp may have just been gassing fans up with what he knew would triggering tease; or, this could be the sign of something he passionately believes in, both as a fan and this film's director. Bringing Weller back as Alex Murphy / Robocop would be in keeping with what we've seen for Blomkamp - specifically when he pitched the concept for his Alien 5 film, which would've been a direct sequel to Aliens. For that project Blomkamp wanted to bring back Sigourney Weaver, Micahel Biehn and Carrie Henn, in their respective roles of Ellen Ripley, Corporal Hicks, and Newt. It's clear that Blomkamp has an affinity for his own '80s/90s action movie upbringing, and wants to be involved in shaping those films' legacies in a direct way - not just using the franchise brand to make a generic sequel.


What remains to be seen is if Weller would be open to making a return to the role. At 72 years old, Weller hasn't really shown much sign of slowing down in his acting career. Since the 21st Century began, he's been involved in some of the biggest action/genre franchises around, including 24, Dexter, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Sons of Anarchy, Longmire - and even animated superheroes flicks (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and games (Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare). He's still very much a relevant icon, not to mention one heck of an actor in his own right.
If you've never done the research, do yourself a favor and check out what Peter Weller did to prepare for his Robocop role. When the Robocop costume didn't work, Weller worked with acclaimed Juillard School instructor Moni Yakim to develop a style of movement that would create the now-iconic mannerisms of Robocop - basically saving the film in the process. If that doesn't prove why Robocop Returns needs the O.G. Murphy back, nothing wil
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RoboCop Movie Rumored to Not Include Peter Weller




With 2014's RoboCop reboot failing to impress audiences or critics, fans are primed to see the series make a comeback with RoboCop Returns from director Neill Blomkamp. Unfortunately, original star Peter Weller is reportedly uninterested in getting involved with the film.
According to SuperBroMovies, Weller's representatives claimed the actor has no interest in joining the new film, which is still in its early stages of development. No reason was given for his disinterest, though with Weller being 71 years old, it's possible that taking on such a physically intense role could be a deterrent.


This will surely come as a disappointment to many fans hoping to see Weller reprise his role as Alex Murphy, especially after Blomkamp teased earlier this year that he hoped to tap Weller for the new film.
For more than 30 years, RoboCop has been considered a seminal sci-fi action film whose over-the-top special effects and violence helped define an entire decade. The film became such a success that it earned two sequels, the 2014 reboot, a TV series, and comic books.

The new film will be based on a script originally written by Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, who wrote the original film, with this script having been written years ago and served as a direct continuation of the original film. Justin Rhodes will be rewriting Neumeier and Miner's original script.
Neumeier revealed earlier this year what his approach to the sequel was.


"Well, here’s what I’ll say. We’re not supposed to say too much," the writer admitted to Zeitgeist Entertainment Magazine. "There’s been a bunch of other RoboCop movies and there was recently a remake and I would say this would be kind of going back to the old RoboCop we all love and starting there and going forward. So it’s a continuation really of the first movie. In my mind. So it’s a little bit more of the old school thing."
The film was created at a time when CGI was beginning to replace practical effects, making the film one of the last great sci-fi adventures of the '80s. The development of the film was also directly tied to the time period, according to Neumeier.
"I think it was my sense of humor. It was sort of how I look at things and way, way back in the 1980s when I was writing this, you were supposed to write action movies that were exciting, but you weren’t really supposed to write action movies that were funny or satirical and I always thought you could do that," the writer revealed of the film's origins. "In the '80s, that was kind of a satire about corporate America and a little bit about what was going on in law enforcement and policing and stuff like that. Those were topics that I thought I could write about in a fun way and luckily I hooked up with a bunch of talented people and the movie turned out really well."

Stay tuned for details on RoboCop Returns.
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Neill Blomkamp Wants RoboCop Returns To Feel Like Paul Verhoeven Directed It



RoboCop Returns director Neill Blomkamp wants his sequel to feel like a vintage Paul Verhoeven movie. The original RoboCop marked Verhoeven’s first Hollywood project and told the story of murdered cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller), who is resurrected as a cyborg to fight crime in a futuristic Detroit. The movie was more than an action movie though, with the director infusing it with satire on the media, big business and themes like loss of identity and what it means to be human. True to Verhoeven’s visceral style, there was plenty of blood thrown around too.


The director would duck out of RoboCop 2, though Weller reprised the lead role. The sequel had some sharp satire and well-staged setpieces, but it lacked Verhoeven’s touch and struggled to find a consistent tone. The original trilogy came to a disappointing end with RoboCop 3, with Robert John Burke replacing Weller in the title role. Since the character was popular with children it was decided to make the third movie PG-13, with RoboCop getting a jetpack and a kid sidekick. The film was lambasted by fans and critic and it essentially killed the series. RoboCop was remade in 2014 with Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson, but despite a strong cast and director, it failed to find an audience. Verhoeven himself commented the remake took itself too seriously.





It was announced last year Neill Blomkamp would direct a new RoboCop sequel that would only acknowledge the original, and was based on an old, unused draft for the second movie called RoboCop II: The Corporate Wars. Now in a new interview with HN Entertainment, screenwriter Ed Neumeier - who also wrote the original - talked about the project and how Blomkamp wants to make it feel like a true sequel.
Ah, so they are, Neill Blomkamp and his screenwriter Justin Rhodes have done a pass on the script we were writing on and they’re doing another one. It is a slightly different concept in some ways than we were originally doing, Neill wants to do. I don’t want to talk too much about it or somebody will call me and tell me to shut up, but we’re hopeful and I think Neill really really wants to make a good RoboCop movie. His idea is that it should be the proper Verhoeven [Paul Verhoeven] if Verhoeven had directed a movie right after RoboCop I think that’s what he is trying to achieve and I hope he does. We’ll see what happens next.

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The screenwriter also confirmed both he and Blomkamp want Peter Weller to reprise the lead role, though reports suggest the star isn’t interested in returning. The original RoboCop is such a unique blend of tones that it’s no surprise the numerous sequels and television spin-offs didn't manage to replicate it. Verhoeven’s unique style was also on display in Total Recall and Starship Troopers, which also managed to mix insightful satire with horrifying violence. His influence can definitely be felt on Blomkamp’s work - especially in regards to Chappie - so he feels like a natural fit for the director’s chair.





It appears RoboCop Returns will be a legacy sequel similar to Halloween or the forthcoming Terminator 6, which ignore unloved entries and returned to the roots of the series. Having a sequel that returns to the style of the first RoboCop is definitely a welcome concept, but time will tell if Blomkamp is able to juggle tones as well as Verhoeven could.
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RoboCop Sequel Director Gives Status Update, Teases Original Suit

It's been several months since we had any updates on the RoboCop sequel. The new incarnation of RoboCop, RoboCop Returns, was announced by director Neill Blomkamp. Then, in January, original RoboCop writer Ed Neumeier offered a few more details about the project. Since then, it's been largely silent about the film project, but now Blomkamp is offering a status update on the film -- including that RoboCop Returns will feature the original suit.
On Saturday, Blomkamp answered a few fans questions about the RoboCop sequel. When asked for a general update, Blomkamp noted that the script was being written and the process was going well.
"Script is being written," Blomkamp wrote. "Going well! Imagine watching Verhoeven do a follow up film."
That update prompted a fan to ask if that meant the new film would feature the original RoboCop suit to which Blomkamp confirmed "1 million% original."

Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the first RoboCop debuted in 1987. Set in a near future, crime-ridden dystopian Detroit, the film centers on police officer Alex Murphy who, after his murder by a gang of criminals, is revived by Omni Consumer Products who turn him into a superhuman cyborg officer -- RoboCop. The film was a massive success and spawned multiple sequels and even a TV series, though the mainstream popularity of the premise ultimately deviating from the gritty, violent themes of the original, something that Blomkamp aims to recreate, at least according to Neumeier, who is serving as a producer on the new film.
“Neill Blomkamp and his screenwriter Justin Rhodes have done a pass on the script we were writing on and they’re doing another one. It is a slightly different concept in some ways than we were originally doing," the producer shared. "I don’t want to talk too much about it or somebody will call me and tell me to shut up, but we’re hopeful and I think Neill really really wants to make a good RoboCop movie. His idea is that it should be the proper Verhoeven… if Verhoeven had directed a movie right after RoboCop… I think that’s what he is trying to achieve, and I hope he does. We’ll see what happens next.”
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