Neill Blomkamp To Direct New ‘RoboCop’ For MGM
  • EXCLUSIVE: MGM is developing a new installment of RoboCop and has set District 9 director Neill Blomkamp to helm the picture, which is titled RoboCop Returns.
  • Original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner are producing and exec producing, respectively.
  • The original film was a formative touchstone for Blomkamp, whose District 9 grossed $210 million worldwide, got four Oscar nominations and who followed with several science fiction films that carried a polemical message under the surface, including Elysium and Chappie.
  • Blomkamp jumped at the chance to do a RoboCop that harkens back to and picks up the story line from the original film.
  • His own films have highlighted themes like immigration, exclusion and the haves and have nots, and while RoboCop – made in the Reagan era and focused on corporate greed – a different part of the original story has become most important to him.
  • “The original definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid,” Blomkamp told Deadline.
  • Blomkamp is represented by WME; Rhodes is WME and Madhouse; Neumeier and Miner are APA..


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