Just over a year ago, we learned that District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp had signed with MGM to direct Robocop Returns, a direct sequel to Paul Verhoeven's 1987 classic, Robocop. The plan called for Blomkamp to work from a script written by that film's original writers, Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, which went quite a ways towards convincing us that another Robocop movie might be a good idea. We were actually pretty excited about it!
Flash forward to now:
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.— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) August 15, 2019
That's Neill Blomkamp on Twitter, announcing that he'll no longer be directing MGM's Robocop Returns (if, indeed, that's still what they're calling it). Sounds like Blomkamp's been pulled away by another project - a horror/thriller, which is its own intriguing development - and MGM's not willing to wait around for him to finish. Not sure why there's a big hurry to get another Robocop in theaters, but it's likely we'll get some sort of official update from the studio on the matter before too long.
What do y'all think? Were you eager to see what Blomkamp would with Robocop Returns? Sad to see this one fall apart? Are you burned out on Robocop movies and happy to see this one (possibly) drift away into the ether? If MGM's still determined to make this happen, who should take over for Blomkamp? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for more on Robocop Returns as further updates become available.