Neill Blomkamp to take charge of new RoboCop reboot
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp will take charge of a new take on RoboCop.
Blomkamp, who has spent the last three years developing an Alien sequel that has now been put on hold, has signed up to work with MGM on a new re-working of the story.
According to Deadline, the film is to be titled RoboCop Returns and would see Blomkamp working with original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, who are now producing and executive producing, respectively.
Justin Rhodes, who has recently co-written the new Terminator reboot, is booked to rewrite the script that Neumeier and Miner originally wrote as a sequel to Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original.
Blomkamp told Deadline: "The original 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 catalogue, with real meaning under the surface. Hopefully, that is something we can get closer to in making of a sequel."
RoboCop was rebooted back in 2014 with House Of Cards' star Joel Kinnaman in the title role, but it looks like a new actor will be sought to lead the franchise for Blomkamp's new take.