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Ed Neumeier talks about Neill Blomkamp’s Robocop Returns and how they hope Peter Weller will return

Back in July 2018 came news that Neill Blomkamp (District 9) will be directing a new RoboCop film. RoboCop Returns will be a sequel to the original 1987 Paul Verhoeven movie.

Original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner are producing and exec producing, respectively. Their original sequel script and rewrite will be incorporated into the new film.

HN Entertainment recently spoke to Neumeier about the project. He talked about how they are using the old script and how they would like Peter Weller back.

Yes, I am a producer at the moment. We talked about it a couple of years back and I reminded them that we had written a very rough sequel back in 1988 which then was stopped by the writer’s strike, the same year. And they looked at it and they said ‘oh, good!’, so we did some more work on that and then Neill Blomkamp found out about it and he said ‘I have always wanted to do this, this is my dream project’ and MGM was very very pleased to get into business with him.

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. 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.

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.

I am really excited about the project as I do love the original Robocop and I’ve got a good feeling about this. What would you like to see in Robocop Returns?

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