RoboCop Screenwriter Talks About the Upcoming Sequel
Many would argue that there hasn’t been a good RoboCop movie since the original film in 1987. But that hasn’t stopped MGM from trying to recapture the magic of the first movie. MGM continued its valiant efforts to resurrect the franchise last year when it announced that a new sequel, RoboCop Returns, is in development. Neil Blomkamp is directing the film based on a script by original RoboCop writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner. While speaking with HN Entertainment, Neumeier explained what fans can expect when they return to the futuristic hellscape of Detroit.
Neumeier and Miner cooked up the sequel’s premise when they were still attached to write RoboCop 2. The 1988 writers strike derailed their efforts. But upon learning about their draft, Blomkamp jumped at the chance to helm his “dream project.” Neumeler also revealed that Blomkamp wants to retain the feel of Verhoeven’s 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,” said Neumeier. “It is a slightly different concept in some ways than we were originally doing. I don’t want to talk too much about it…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.”
Neumeier also dropped hints about the “augmented humans” who might serve as the film’s villains. But most importantly, he expressed the filmmakers’ desire for Peter Weller to return to the series.
“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,” observed Neumeier.
“It’s not too different and what you realize 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, added Neumeier. “I kept hearing Peter’s voice, you know, Peter adds a lot to that.”
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