Earlier this year we passed along the unfortunate news that Chappie and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was no longer attached to RoboCop Returns.
But today we’re hearing via THR that Little Monsters helmer Abe Forsythe has taken up the vacant position of director.
Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner are producing and exec producing with Justin Rhodes (Terminator: Dark Fate) who did a rewrite of the script that Neumeier and Miner wrote way back in the ’80s. Forsyth will now rewrite the script penned by Rhodes.
Personally, I haven’t seen Little Monsters so I can’t say if this new director is the right man for the job. But I guess we’ll all see one of these days!
Director Paul Verhoeven’s original 1987 cyberpunk action film took place in a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) into an armed confrontation with crime lord Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) so they can use his body to support their untested RoboCop prototype. But when RoboCop learns of the company’s nefarious plans, he turns on his masters.
The original film was directed by Paul Verhoeven from a screenplay written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. Arne Schmidt produced and the movie featured Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel, O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, and Miguel Ferrer. Orion Pictures released it back on July 17, 1987.