August 15, 2019

Neill Blomkamp Departs 'RoboCop Returns'

Robocop - Neill Blomkamp
Neill Blomkamp has the worst luck, it seems.

The District 9 director announced via his Twitter late last night that he will be departing MGM's RoboCop sequel due to scheduling conflicts. Blomkamp is hard at work on another horror/thriller, but MGM wants their robot hero back immediately.

This news comes about a year after Blomkamp was first hired to helm the film. The planned sequel uses a script by RoboCop writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, with rewrites from Justin Rhodes. This screenplay, written in the 1980s, was originally conceived as a sequel to the 1987 film, but never happened.

Of course, RoboCop has had sequels, video games, and TV adaptations already, as well as a poorly received 2014 remake. RoboCop Returns was reportedly going to wipe the slate clean and ignore all the other films, much like 2018's Halloween.

RoboCop 1987
Credit: Orion Pictures

Many were excited to see what Blomkamp would do with the satirical cyberpunk property, especially since he has a pretty good handle on sci-fi and robots (although let's just forget Chappie ever happened). Blomkamp even talked about bringing back the original RoboCop, Peter Weller, to play the titular role.

MGM has not announced a replacement director as of yet.

Blomkamp fans might be used to this kind of news by now, since he also had an Alien sequel fall apart a few years ago. He continues to get work because he clearly has vision and some big, attractive ideas, but can't quite seem to click with studios.

This year, he released a short film, Conviction, as a prequel for a video game property.

What do you think of this news? Let us know in the comments!     

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Its a shame that a reboot of the reboot that is the sequel to the original film is not being handled with or that their budget is so fixed they cannot wait for the director to be ready... Which is already a weird situation, considering how both parties are not willing to work on a compromise.

Neill Blomkamp is probably the only director right now that I would trust to be able to pull this film off as all of his films so far as he has a great mix of horror and science fiction.

Replacing him in a short time is going to be interesting, who knows maybe it will turn out fantastic and then we will have a new science fiction director to follow.

Also Chappie, while not perfect, was a fantastic Science Fiction film.

August 15, 2019 at 3:25PM

Kyle Dockum
Videographer and Editor

I love how the film you choose to forget of his is Chappie and Not Elysium. Chappie was great. Elysium was a trainwreck.

August 15, 2019 at 5:46PM

Joseph Estrade
Film Editor/Producer

Both closed...

August 16, 2019 at 2:44AM

Gerard M.


August 16, 2019 at 9:47AM


This was not a reboot. This was a sequel

August 16, 2019 at 6:50PM, Edited August 16, 6:50PM


Technically it is a jump back and has nothing to do with the latest film as if it does not exist...

If it’s not a rebooting sequel, I have no clue what it is

August 16, 2019 at 7:12PM

Kyle Dockum
Videographer and Editor

rehash recycle memberberry. who gives a shit.

August 17, 2019 at 12:12PM