Catching up on some Robocop movie news, it appears District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp has stepped away from directing the next Robocop movie titled Robocop Returns. The departure is a result of Blomkamp signing on to direct an original thriller for MGM. Unfortunately this is the second cult classic property Blomkamp was potentially involved with, the first of which was an Alien sequel (Alien 5 / Alien: Awakening) which would have been set after the events of Aliens and would have essentially retconned Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. First Alien, now Robocop - we must admit we're a bit disappointed to see him abandon this project as well.
Blomkamp took to Twitter himself to announce the news:
As it stands, Robocop Returns is without a director. The script however has been written by Terminator: Dark Fate scribe Justin Rhodes. As we learn more about Robocop Returns, we'll be sure to keep you posted!
RoboCop February 12th, 2014
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In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years - and it's meant billions for OmniCorp's bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit - is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.
Directed by Jose Padhila, RoboCop's release date is February 12th, 2014.
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