‘District 9’ director to helm new ‘RoboCop’ sequel

'RoboCop Returns' will be a direct sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original

District 9 director Neill Blomkamp has been hired to direct the upcoming RoboCop sequel, RoboCop Returns.

The forthcoming film – which is being developed by MGM – will be a direct sequel to the 1987 original, which was directed by Paul Verhoeven and starred Peter Weller as the titular character.

Deadline are reporting that Blomkamp has landed the director’s seat for the sequel, with the filmmaker set to adapt a years-old script by original RoboCop writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner (which is currently being re-worked by Justin Rhodes) for the big screen. Neumeier and Miner are on hand to produce.

A short synopsis for Robocop Returns has revealed some details about the upcoming movie, confirming that RoboCop Returns will once again be set in Detroit.

“Anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption,” the synopsis reads.

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Speaking about working on the sequel, Blomkamp told 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.”

RoboCop Returns has yet to receive a projected release date.

Last year, the original RoboCop‘s director Paul Verhoeven defended his movie Elle from controversy after some critics labelled it a “rape comedy”.