Little Monsters director Abe Forsythe has been tapped to direct the upcoming Robocop Returns. The long-awaited project will be a sequel to the 1987 original RoboCop. Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, screenwriters for the original movie, are on board this time around as producers. Neumeier and Miner are considered to be the co-creators of the franchise. Paul Verhoeven directed the iconic first installment, which spawned two sequels and then a modern reboot in 2014, which failed to ignite the franchise for a new generation.

Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner previously wrote the script for RoboCop Returns years ago, along with Justin Rhodes. Neill Blomkamp was attached to direct Robocop with that specific version of the story, but that did not end up working out, despite Blomkamp providing fans with an update in June of this year. Abe Forsythe is now re-writing the script with Rhodes, who recently worked on Terminator: Dark Fate. It is not clear if the original silver suit will return as Blomkamp promised over the summer, but fans are probably hoping that it will.

When Neill Blomkamp was still attached, and it was decided that Robocop would return in his silver armor, he and Ed Neumeier wanted to make the sequel feel like Paul Verhoeven directed it, which had fans really excited. And it was rumored Peter Weller may return as Murphy. Obviously, things have changed again for the long-awaited sequel, which is taking a turn in the Terminator: Dark Fate direction by acting as a direct sequel to the 1987 original. The initial script by Neumeier and Michael Miner had been written in the 1980s, but was later shelved due to a writer's strike. It was believed that script was going to be brought back to life with some significant tweaks.

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An early description of RoboCop Returns reads, "anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption." While that was still the idea when Neill Blomkamp was on board, it will probably remain because it's just vague enough to work. Now that the project has a new director and is going through rewrites, it might be quite some time before the production ends up getting the cameras rolling. With that being said, we should receive some news in the coming weeks when casting begins.

Neill Blomkamp announced his RoboCop Returns departure in August. "Off Robocop. I am shooting new horror/thriller and MGM can't wait/ need to shoot Robocop now. Excited to watch it in theaters with other fans," said the director on social media. It appears that MGM has had a change of plans with the project since they are going through rewrites. Whatever the case may be, it seems the project is alive once more with Abe Forsythe in the director's chair this time around. Let's just hope that Forsythe and crew are actually able to get the long-awaited movie off of the ground this time. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce the RoboCop Returns news.

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