Get ready for more movies featuring the future of law enforcement.
Deadline is reporting that Neill Blomkamp, the director behind District 9 and Elysium, has officially signed on to helm the next installment of RoboCop for MGM. The film will be called “RoboCop Returns” and will feature a script from Justin Rhodes, the writer for the upcoming Terminator reboot.
“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,” Blomkamp told Deadline. “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.”
Importantly, RoboCop Returns is a follow-up to Paul Verhoeven’s influential 1987 original film and not the 2014 remake, which means that we could see the series go back to an R-rating. This would technically make it the fourth installment, as two poorly received sequels were released in 1990 and 1993. Verhoeven is not involved with the new movie but RoboCop’s original writers — Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner — are serving as producer and executive producer, respectively.
No casting or release date announcements have been made yet.