It has been four years since writer Joshua Zetumer and director Jose Padilha brought back OCP Crime Prevention Unit 001 in a remake of the original Robocop, and while the film did moderately well, grossing a total just over $240 million worldwide, however, poor critical acclaim has since put the future of the franchise on hold. Speaking with Zeitgeist, screenwriter for the 1987 original, Ed Neumeier, may have provided some hope for fans of the Detroit Cyborg, stating:
“It’s nice that people are still interested in Robocop and they have me working on a new one at MGM right now so maybe we’ll get another one out of it. We’re not supposed to say too much. There’s been a bunch of other Robocop movies and there was recently a remake, and I would say this would be kind of going back to the old Robocop we all love and starting there and going forward. So it’s a continuation really of the first movie, in my mind. So it’s a little bit more of an old school thing.”
It appears that Neumeier and his team have, at the very least, a plan to movie forward with the Robocop franchise, and a, yet to be green-lit, start looks like it is in the works. It has become quite common recently in Hollywood for creative teams taking a franchise back to familiar territory, this coming most prominently in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it is easy to see why given critical and financial reception from rebirths, and Robocop is one of few that deserves a proper revival.
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