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..