MGM is developing a new RoboCop film, setting District 9 director Neill Blomkamp to helm the production, entitled RoboCop Returns.

In hopes of reviving the 1987 franchise, the studio has enlisted original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner to produce and executive produce, respectively. This will mark the first time that the duo has been creatively involved in the franchise since the first film. Justin Rhodes, writer of the upcoming Terminator film, is rewriting the script that Miner and Neumeier wrote years ago as a planned sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s original film.

The plot of this spiritual sequel sees anarchy reign and “the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption.”

Blomkamp jumped at the chance to direct a RoboCop film that bears more of a resemblance to the original story, telling Deadline, “The original definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid. 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. 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.”

Let’s hope that this Robocop film works out better than the 2014 revival with Joel Kinnanman.

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