There aren’t many movie franchises from the 80s that can still fill the seats but RoboCop isn’t one of them. This sci-fi thriller celebrated its 30th Anniversary just last year which shows that the franchise has successfully withstood the test of time. Even though the 2014 RoboCop reboot failed to earn a lot of praise, it hardly spelled the end of the franchise. According to a recent interview given by Edward Neumeier, the writer of the original 1987 RoboCop movie, MGM is currently working on a direct sequel to the classic 1987 RoboCop and the movie will be a continuity of the original one. This is what he Neumeier said:
“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.”
In case you haven’t seen the original RoboCop movie yet, you really are missing out on one of the greatest films of its era. Back in 1987, RoboCop earned $53.4 million on a modest budget of $13 million. After the inflation adjustments that is equal to $125.4 million in today’s money. In comparison, the 2014 reboot raked in $242 million on a bloated $100 million budget which makes it barely successful.
In light of what Neumeier said, it seems like the new RoboCop movie is going to ignore the events of 1990’s RoboCop 2 and the following RoboCop 3 that came out back in 1993. Peter Weller who is the original RoboCop did reprise the role in RoboCop 2 but neither Ed Neumeier nor the original director Paul Verhoeven returned for the following sequels. So the idea that the new RoboCop movie is going to ignore the timeline and events of its lesser successful predecessors, seems plausible. Assuming that’s going to be the case, it’s hardly unprecedented as the X-Men franchise has already done that and the upcoming Terminator and Halloween sequels are also going to ignore the timelines of certain movies that did more harm than good to those great franchises.
While the upcoming Terminator 6 is going to see the return of original cast members including Linda Hamilton (Sarah Conners) and Arnold Schwarzenegger, it remains to be seen if Ed Neumeier will also bring in Peter Weller (RoboCop) and his partner Nancy Allen (Anne Lewis). You can check out Ed’s full interview here which he gave at the Barbados Independent Film Festival. Stay tuned for more and latest Hollywood news.