ROBOCOP Sequel Writer Reveals New Story Details And Neil Blomkamp's Hope To Bring Back Peter Weller

ROBOCOP Sequel Writer Reveals New Story Details And Neil Blomkamp's Hope To Bring Back Peter Weller

Neil Blomkamp is developing a RoboCop sequel and writer Ed Neumeier has shed some light on what the filmmaker may have in store for the movie, including the villains and plans to bring back Peter Weller.

By JoshWilding - Jan 24, 2019 02:01 AM EST
Filed Under: Robocop
Source: HN Entertainment
It's been a long time since we've seen a good RoboCop movie, and most fans would agree that none of them have lived up to the 1987 original. Well, the franchise is being resurrected by Neil Blomkamp as the filmmaker is hard at work developing RoboCop Returns, a sequel based on a script by original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner.

Now, the former has shed some light on what we should expect and while it sounds like it will be going in a slightly different direction to what those two had originally planned, it seems like this could be the RoboCop sequel we've all been waiting for. 

 
"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. I don’t want to talk too much about it…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, 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."

After mentioning that we could see "augmented humans" as the sequel's villains, Neumeier noted that the current plan is indeed to bring back Peter Weller.

"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," he explained.

Whether or not that will actually end up happening is hard to say, but it would be amazing to see. 
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Manmarvel
Manmarvel - 1/24/2019, 2:26 AM
I hope this thing lives up to the original, the new one really did underwelm.
mastakilla39
mastakilla39 - 1/24/2019, 5:23 AM
@Manmarvel - Damn, not a fan of this hollywood trend of studios making sequels to classic movies just because the old sequels suck. Problem with this is that 90% of the new sequel is just a remake with old people, a recap, and an average AF film.

Jurassic World, Halloween, Force Awakens, etc. are just made for member berries.
TheLight
TheLight - 1/24/2019, 7:00 AM
@Manmarvel - I remember my buddy saying he went to see the 2014 reboot feeling like this



And came out like this

Manmarvel
Manmarvel - 1/25/2019, 6:26 AM
@TheLight - I remember being concerned with the "humanizing" hand, and came out not even noticing the hand, not because the rest of the movie was so great but because it was so bad. Lol.
Manmarvel
Manmarvel - 1/25/2019, 6:32 AM
@mastakilla39 - hahaha member berries..... at had movies that could have had equals but didn't and we end up with equals that are updated versions of the original ex jurasic world, I enjoyed it but it was jurasic park rebranded as a new movie, I enjoy the nostalgia but hate myself for it. I haven't seen the new Halloween but watching the trailer made me think huh H20-2.0? We are to a point of recycling our recycled.
emeraldtaurus
emeraldtaurus - 1/24/2019, 2:38 AM
They shouldn't have bothered with the reboot and just concentrated on a hard core sequel to the original . Hopefully it will be Rated-R....with crazy OTT violence, blood and guts ....that's the Robocop way ha!!
Origame
Origame - 1/24/2019, 4:10 AM
@emeraldtaurus - i disagree. I see no problem with the idea of rebooting the franchise, especially since we have new definitions for what technology can do and debates are sparked about what they can do. The whole problem is a faulty script that didnt take advantage of the clever IDEAS that they have. But had these writers, director, and cast made a sequel instead of a reboot, all those problems would have still been there. They would have just been in the continuity of the original, meaning any retcons would directly effect the plots of the original.
CorndogBurglar
CorndogBurglar - 1/24/2019, 3:22 AM
I don't know. Peter Weller is pretty old looking these days. I'm out real sure how that would work. I know we would really only need to see the bottom half of his face but... I don't know. I guess they could use a ton of makeup and make him look young, or if that doesn't work use CGI?
NoAssemblyReqd
NoAssemblyReqd - 1/24/2019, 3:36 AM
Gah.

The first movie didn’t need a sequel. It was perfect as is.
manofillintent1
manofillintent1 - 1/24/2019, 4:48 AM
Don’t do it Pete
Starlight
Starlight - 1/24/2019, 4:51 AM
Second one is AWESOME, why scratching it?....
superbigguy32
superbigguy32 - 1/24/2019, 4:56 AM
EZBeast
EZBeast - 1/24/2019, 5:36 AM
The first robo cop was lightning in a bottle and I can’t see it being caught again.
MartianManHuntr
MartianManHuntr - 1/24/2019, 5:18 PM
@MrNegative - I think if they put sarcastic tone over this movie like Verhoeven then I think it could work. You can put violence but it should service the story in good way.
BlackIceJoe
BlackIceJoe - 1/24/2019, 7:55 AM
Bringing back Peter Weller would be phenomenal. I just hope this movie will do the franchise justice.

I also hope the producers and the director will choose to film the movie in Detroit. Not only because Robocop takes place in Detroit, but also because it could help revitalize the city with the money coming into it and also help employ the citizens of Michigan too.
DBLACK
DBLACK - 1/24/2019, 8:15 AM
Although Neil Blomkamp doesn't need Weller to physically be on set (as suggested he can be digitally scanned) the only problem I see is spiralling costs - the licensing and royalty agreements Weller agrees to...

Interesting that the late Robin Williams understood commercial gain and put a restriction on his image being used or any likeness of his image being used for 25 years after his death (until 2039)!

Interesting articles:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612291/actors-are-digitally-preserving-themselves-to-continue-their-careers-beyond-the-grave/

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/mar/31/robin-williams-restricted-use-image-despite-existing-us-laws
Lostcause
Lostcause - 1/24/2019, 9:09 AM
Bring it. I'll buy it for a dollar.
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