Neill Blomkamp to Direct 'RoboCop Returns'
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The 'District 9' director will helm the upcoming sequel with Justin Rhodes penning the script.

AceShowbiz - "RoboCop" is set for another return to the big screen and this time Neill Blomkamp will be in the driving seat.

Justin Rhodes is rewriting the sequel to Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original, which was revamped by Jose Padilha in 2014 for a film starring Joel Kinnaman as the hero, and MGM bosses have jumped on board the project with District 9 director Blomkamp, who admits to being a huge fan.

"It (original RoboCop) definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid," Blomkamp told Deadline. "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. That is my goal here.


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"As long as the human component is there, a good story can work in any time period, it's not locked into a specific place in history. What's so cool about RoboCop is that like good Westerns, sci-fi films and dramas, the human connection is really important to a story well told. What draws me now is someone searching for their lost identity, taken away at the hands of people who are benefiting from it, and seeing his memory jogged by events. That is most captivating."

The original starred Peter Weller as a wounded Detroit, Michigan cop who is turned into a cyborg law enforcement officer.

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