Big news hit the net yesterday when it was announced that Neill Blomkamp and MGM are bringing back the RoboCop franchise proper with RoboCop Returns, a film that will serve as a sequel to the *original* RoboCop. In fact, the original draft of the script was penned by RoboCop scribes Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, so this sounds like a win already.
In a weird move, the 2014 remake of RoboCop was a PG-13 affair, odd considering the original classic was bloody as hell and rated R. So what about this one, you ask? Over on Twitter last night, Blomkamp assured Robo fans that he’s getting blood on his hands…
“There will be all of these things,” Blomkamp noted, in response to a tweet from a fan who was hopeful that the film would be rated R, filled with satire, and loaded with exploding squibs.
There will be all these things
— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) July 11, 2018
In the new film, being rewritten by Justin Rhodes…
Anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption.
“The original definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid,” Blomkamp told Deadline. “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.”
He continued, “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.”