Back in August, Neill Blomkamp announced that he was no longer attached to direct RoboCop Returns. Now The Hollywood Reporter says that MGM has lined up a new RoboCop Returns director. Abe Forsythe, who directed Hulu’s Little Monsters, will take on the direct sequel to the original movie released in 1987.
The MGM film has original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner producing and executive producing. Justin Rhodes, who co-wrote Terminator: Dark Fate, rewrote the script that Neumeier and Miner wrote years ago as a planned sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s original film. Forsyth will re-write the script penned by Rhodes.
In RoboCop Returns, anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption.
The franchise began in 1987 with the Paul Verhoeven-directed RoboCop, starring Peter Weller. The actor would reprise the role in the Irvin Kershner-directed sequel in 1990, but he was replaced by Robert John Burke for director Fred Dekker’s RoboCop 3 (1993). The franchise was then rebooted by Sony Pictures with 2014’s RoboCop, directed by José Padilha and starring Joel Kinnaman in the title role. That film earned $242.7 million worldwide, but only $58.6 million of that came from North America.
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