A new RoboCop movie is in the works – and it will be a direct sequel to the original!

RoboCop Returns will follow on from the 1987 sci-fi hit with Neill Blomkamp on directing duties. According to Deadline, the movie is based on an unused script that was originally intended to be a RoboCop follow-up but was abandoned in favour of what became RoboCop 2 (1990).

Justin Rhodes is reworking the script to update it, with original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner on board as producers (a producer and an executive producer, respectively).

Speaking to Deadline, Blomkamp, said:

“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 (original director Paul) Verhoeven. This is a movie I would love to watch.”

The movie is currently in development for MGM, so no release date has been set just yet. Let’s just hope it doesn’t go the way of Blomkamp’s proposed Alien 5.

Personally, I am VERY excited about this project. VERY EXCITED.

I am a big fan of the original RoboCop but have been disappointed by everything that has come since – especially the ill-conceived and frankly rather bland remake from 2014. Going back to the original makes sense in the same way that the new Terminator movie and the new Halloween film will be ignoring the sequels to go back to the early, stronger entries.