The co-writer of the 1987 sci-fi classic RoboCop is working on what he calls "a continuation" of the original movie. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, RoboCop signaled a new direction for the sci-fi action genre when it hit theaters in the late 80s. Yes, it had hard-hitting action like other films in the genre, but it was also cleverly infused with social satire – complete with hilarious faux news reports – and when it came to violence, it didn't shy away from the use of gore.
Starring Peter Weller, RoboCop told the futuristic tale of Officer Alex J. Murphy (Peter Weller), a police officer transferred to the most dangerous part of a crime-ridden Detroit, where he was quickly savaged and left for dead by crime boss Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith). Erasing his brain and combining the remainder of his body with robotic limbs, Murphy suddenly became the ultimate crimefighter dubbed "RoboCop," facing not only criminals on the streets, but scum within the corporate firm that created him. And while the film spawned a pair of sequels (the second starring Weller, who was replaced in the third by Robert John Burke) and a mildly successful reboot starring Joel Kinnaman, in 2014, the future for another RoboCop seemed pretty bleak until now.
In a new interview with Zeitgeist Entertainment Magazine (h/t Comic Book), Ed Neumeier, who wrote the original RoboCop with Michael Miner, says he's working on a sequel to the 1987 version of the film. Neumeier said the film is in development at MGM, and while he noted, "We’re not supposed to say too much," the screenwriter was able to part with some general details. He says:
"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."
For fans of the original, the idea of continuing the original series and more specifically, picking up where the first story left off, is quite an exciting development. If the film gets the green light and goes into production, Neumeier will certainly be able to provide more details, including why he's going with a direct sequel to the 1987 instead of picking up after the events of RoboCop 3, which was a box office dud. In all likelihood, there's something Neumeier didn't like about the RoboCop sequels, and the idea of ignoring sequel timelines and starting anew doesn't seem so outlandish, given it's the same route Terminator 6 and The Predator are taking. The big question is, how could Weller be introduced back into the fold in a sensible way?
Also what exactly Neumeier means by "the old school thing" also isn't clear, but perhaps he's alluding to the use of practical effects over CGI. That's certainly the route director Shane Black took with The Predator, so it could just be that Neumeier is hoping to recapture the gritty, realistic feeling of the 1987 film – a film that was so hands-on that it even included the use of stop-motion to bring RoboCop's mechanical adversary, ED-209, to life.
Source: Zeitgeist Entertainment Magazine