Neill Blomkamp Set to Direct a 'Robocop' film
Well, this choice seems appropriate. MGM is developing a new Robocop film and the director of District 9, Elysium and Chappie is officially on-board to helm the film.
“The original definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid,” Blomkamp remarked to Deadline. “I loved it then and it remains a classic in the end of 20th Century sci-fi catalog, 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. What I connected to as a kid has evolved over time. At first, the consumerism, materialism and Reaganomics, that ’80s theme of America on steroids, came through most strongly. But As I’ve gotten older, the part that really resonated with me is identity, and the search for identity. 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 other thing I am excited by is the chance to work again with Justin Rhodes. He has added elements that are pretty awesome, to a sequel that was set in the world of Verhoeven. This is a movie I would love to watch.”
Neill Blomkamp's track record has been shaky as of late, but the work he's done for OATS studios has re-affirmed my confidence in him as a director, plus, Chappie really wasn't THAT bad. Okay, it wasn't great, but still, there were some ideas there. I think Robocop totally fits in with Neill Blomkamp's strengths and I'm more than willing to give the franchise another chance if it means we'll finally be getting an un-adulterated hard-R Robocop that tackles today's issues in an interesting way.