‘RoboCop Returns’ director teases that original star is joining the reboot

The OG RoboCop

RoboCop Returns director Neill Blomkamp has hinted that original RoboCop star Peter Weller could reprise his iconic role as the cyborg lawman.

A brief Twitter exchange between Blomkamp and Belgian DJ Dimitri Vegas quickly sparked endless speculation as Robocop fans considered all the casting possibilities.

Blomkamp was named as director of the reboot last month, revealing that Robocop Returns will be a direct sequel to the 1987 classic directed by Paul Verhoeven, ignoring all the subsequent films.

The District 9 director spoke of his affection for the original, telling Deadline: “The original [film] definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid. I loved it then and it remains a classic in the end of 20th Century sci-fi catalog, with real meaning under the surface.

“Hopefully that is something we can get closer to in making of a sequel. That is my goal here.”

But is 71-year-old Weller willing to squeeze into a motion-capture unitard? He has remained busy in front of the camera, most recently appearing in TV shows The Last ShipLongmire and Sons of Anarchy.

Weller wouldn’t be the only member of the original cast and crew, writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner are both confirmed for the reboot as producer and executive producer, and their old script, intended for a sequel, is said to be forming the skeleton of Robocop Returns.

Whether Weller passes the baton on to a younger version of himself or pops up in a minor role in the reboot, he can be in no doubt how eager fans are to see him back enforcing the law in Detroit.