District 9's Neill Blomkamp departs new RoboCop reboot
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp has departed the planned reboot of RoboCop.
Blomkamp, who had been previously developing an Alien sequel, had signed up to work with MGM on a new re-working of the story, but has now left the project.
The director confirmed his departure as he is committed to another project and backers MGM want to get to work now.
He tweeted earlier today:
Off Robocop. I am shooting new horror/thriller and MGM can’t wait/ need to shoot Robocop now. Excited to watch it in theaters with other fans. N— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) August 15, 2019
The film is set to be titled RoboCop Returns and sees original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner producing and executive producing, respectively.
Justin Rhodes, who has recently co-written the new Terminator reboot, has rewritten the script that Neumeier and Miner originally wrote as a sequel to Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original.
RoboCop was rebooted back in 2014 with House Of Cards' star Joel Kinnaman in the title role, but a new actor is being sought to lead the reboot.