New 'Robocop' sequel movie on the way from 'Little Monsters' director

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Peter Weller as Murphy in Robocop (Credit: Orion)
Peter Weller as Murphy in Robocop (Credit: Orion)

Looks like we're heading back to the crime-plagued streets of Detroit, with news that a new Robocop movie is on the way.

Per the Hollywood Reporter, and in the vein of the recently rebooted Terminator series, Robocop Returns will be a direct sequel to the 1987 action classic.

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Behind the camera will be Australian director Abe Forsythe, who recently wrote and directed the zombie comedy movie Little Monsters, starring Lupita Nyong'o and Josh Gad.

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Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, who wrote the original movie, are on board as producers too, using a script they wrote in 2018 with Terminator: Dark Fate writer Justin Rhodes, back when District 9's Neill Blomkamp was set to direct.

Blomkamp left the project earlier this year to shoot his next film Inferno, a sci-fi project starring Taylor Kitsch, which is due to go into production in March, 2020.

Forsythe will reportedly re-write Rhodes's script.

Abe Forsythe attends the "Little Monsters" UK Premiere during the 63rd BFI London Film Festival, 2019. (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for BFI)
Abe Forsythe attends the "Little Monsters" UK Premiere during the 63rd BFI London Film Festival, 2019. (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for BFI)

Visionary director Paul Verhoeven helmed the original action classic in 1987, with Peter Weller playing police officer Alex Murphy, who is gunned down by Kurtwood Smith's brutal drug syndicate, but brought back to life as a cyborg law enforcer.

Two sequels followed, both financial disasters, as well as a short-lived TV series made in Canada.

Then in 2014, director José Padilha directed a remake of the original movie, set in 2028 and starring Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy, alongside an impressive cast, including Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish and Michael Keaton.

It was a moderate financial success, though it received some pretty mixed reviews.

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