A whole new version of RoboCop had been announced last year from the director, Neill Blomkamp and this would be RoboCop Returns. The new movie is set to be based on a script that will be written by the original writers, Michael Miner, and RoboCop with Blomkamp and Justin Rhodes who will offer a whole new take on this sequel. Neumeier, the producer, had given a few details about the movie:
“We talked about it a couple of years back, and I reminded [MGM] that we had written a very rough sequel back in 1988 which then was stopped by the writer’s strike, the same year,” Neumeier hd said.
“And they looked at it, and they said ‘Oh, good!’, so we did some more work on that and then Neill Blomkamp found out about it and he said, ‘I have always wanted to do this, this is my dream project’ and MGM was very very pleased to get into business with him.”
The 1987 movie had become a huge success and had also led to many sequels and also, TV series. The popularity of this premise had deviated from the violent and gritty themes which Blomkamp wants to recreate:
“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 said.
“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.”
Another question that all the fans have regarding this film is if the star, Peter Weller will return:
“As you know from the press that Neill Blomkamp wants to bring back Peter Weller back and what you get when you do that if you use the DNA of the old property in the new is that you get something that shares continuity and fans can embrace the brand,” the producer said.
“It’s not too different and what you realise is that when I was sitting and writing 30 years later, rewriting, the second draft of our sequel to RoboCop, which was called The Corporate Wars at the time and is now called RoboCop Returns. I kept hearing Peter’s voice, you know, Peter adds a lot to that.”