Robocop Returns With Blomkamp Behind The Wheel!
Article by Aaron Haughton
After being shutdown for his proposed installment to the Alien franchise, Neill Blomkamp has found a home in the arms of another sci-fi franchise.
The news broke on Wednesday, July 11th, that MGM is planning to revive the Robocop franchise (again). This time, with Robocop Returns, a direct sequel to the Paul Verhoeven directed film released back in 1987.
MGM has approached Neill Blomkamp to helm the project, who will be working off a screenplay by Justin Rhodes (co-author of the Terminator film that Tim Miller is currently shooting), who is reworking the script that original Robocop writers, Ed Neumeier and Micael Miner, wrote years ago that never came to fruition.
Until now, that is.
If any franchise is deserving of a quality revival, it's Robocop, and we can't think of a better person suited for the director's chair than Blomkamp, who has continually awed us with his own ambitious sci-fi films and the glorious experimentations of his own Oats Studios.
Following the success of the Verhoeven original, the Robocop franchise was met with a string of disasters — the 1990 and 1993 sequels, which were unanimously despised, a 1994 television show that only lasted one season, a 2001 TV miniseries, Robocop: Prime Directives, and a reboot film that fell flat on its face — so the bar to clear here is very low.
The original film still holds a special place in Viddy Well's heart, and so the talks of yet another Robocop film had us a wee bit worried; however, any potential fears were put to bed when we saw Blomkamp's response to this tweet from Cliff Bleszinski:
We're glad to see Robocop back out on patrol and can't wait to see how the film pans out.
What do you think? Are you confident in Blomkamp? Are you excited to see Robocop back on the beat? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and be sure to stay in the Viddy Well loop...because an untied knot is just a string!