We recently brought you the news that Neill Blomkamp would be working on a new Robocop movie with MGM and that the project would finally be the direct sequel it deserves. Blomkamp has since not only confirmed that the film will indeed be rated R, but has just expressed interest in bringing original Robocop Peter Weller back on board as the crime-fighting cyborg.
In response to a fan on Twitter asking who should play the titular role, Blomkamp’s answer was to simply drop the actor’s name. If he wants to bring Weller back for the character, that’s great news, as his performance as the mixture of stoic and pathos that is Alex Murphy/Robocop was a huge part of the classic film we know and love today.
Whether MGM is on board is another question though, as studios tend to favour recasting young A-listers for remakes thanks to their pulling power. However, Weller hasn’t exactly been hiding from the camera, as he’s had roles in recent movies and TV shows like Star Trek Into Darkness and Sons of Anarchy.
Blomkamp on Robocap Returns:
“The original definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid. 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.”
Original Robocop writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner are back to produce, while Justin Rhodes (the upcoming Terminator film) will rework the script they wrote years ago. There’s no official word on casting yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted!