Ed Neumeier, producer for the upcoming ‘RoboCop Returns‘ that is planning to be a direct sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film, is opening up on details for what they have planned for the film. Right now, Neill Blomkamp (‘District 9’) is directing the movie while Justin Rhodes (‘Terminator’,’Green Lantern Corps) is writing the script. Everyone involved is hoping that Peter Weller will be open to reprising his role as Alex Murphy though early reports have had the actor not interested.
As to how and why Blomkamp wants to make this film a sequel Neumeier has revealed:
“Ah, so they are, Neill Blomkamp and his screenwriter Justin Rhodes have done a pass on the script we were writing on, and they’re doing another one. It is a slightly different concept in some ways than we were originally doing, Neill wants to do. I don’t want to talk too much about it, or somebody will call me and tell me to shut up, but we’re hopeful, and I think Neill really really wants to make a good RoboCop movie. His idea is that it should be the proper Verhoeven [Paul Verhoeven] if Verhoeven had directed a movie right after RoboCop I think that’s what he is trying to achieve and I hope he does. We’ll see what happens next.”
Neumeier also went on to explain exactly why the pair wants Peter back as Alex:
“As you know from the press that Neill Blomkamp wants to bring back Peter Weller back and what you get when you do that if you use the DNA of the old property in the new is that you get something that shares continuity and fans can embrace the brand, it’s not too different and what you realize is that when I was sitting and writing 30 years later, rewriting, the second draft of our sequel to RoboCop, which was called The Corporate Wars at the time and is now called RoboCop Returns. I kept hearing Peter’s voice, you know, Peter adds a lot to that.”
If the new movie is planning on staying true to the style and tone of Paul Verhoeven’s original ‘RoboCop’ we can only hope that Weller can be convinced to return.
Are you eager to see a return to the original world of ‘RoboCop’? Do you think there is any chance that Peter Weller will be talked into returning as Alex Murphy? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: HN Entertainment