You may balk at the idea of another instalment of the RoboCop franchise, thanks to 2014’s watered-down, generic reboot, but the newly announced film aims to return to the series’ ultra-violent roots. The new film being worked on will be a sequel to Edward Neumeier‘s original 1987 film and will at least partially retcon the other movies.
The original sequels, especially RoboCop 3, are known for being lighter and more kid-friendly in tone and will be completely revised. The 2014 reboot will thankfully also receive the same treatment, likely due to its lukewarm reception and lack of originality.
In an interview at the Barbados Independent Film Festival, Neumeier shared that he was “working on a new one at MGM right now”. Referring to the franchise, he added that we might “get another one out of it”. He didn’t give any specific details but stated that the new movie wouldn’t be just another reboot:
“Well, here’s what I’ll say. We’re not supposed to say too much. There’s been a bunch of other RoboCop movies and there was recently a remake and I would say this would be kind of going back to the old RoboCop we all love and starting there and going forward. So it’s a continuation really of the first movie. In my mind. So it’s a little bit more of the old school thing.”
Going old-school will likely mean a return to the satirical tone and gratuitous violence the original film is loved for. It’s uncertain yet how far they’re intending to take it, or if they’re aiming for an R-rating, as it’s still early days for the project. Up until recently, filmmakers avoided higher ratings at all costs as it chopped off a huge potential audience. Now that the popularity of R-rated movies is rising, it’s the perfect opportunity for Neumeier to keep his new film true to original.