Although the project is still in its early stages, Neill Blomkamp’s RoboCop Returns is already gearing up to be one hell of a ride. There’s only one issue, franchise star Peter Weller isn’t interested in returning to the titular role, the actor’s representatives confirmed to SuperBroMovies.
Weller began his iconic run as Officer Alex Murphy in 1987s RoboCop. He would reprise his role three years later in the sequel, which was directed by The Empire Strikes Back helmer Irvin Kershner.
Earlier this year, Blomkamp took to Twitter to tease fans about the possibility of Weller returning. After a fan tweeted to the director asking who should play RoboCop in his next installment, Blomkamp made it clear that Weller was his choice. That doesn’t appear to be in the cards as the 71-year-old actor has chosen not to return.
Immediately following the events of the original 1987 film, RoboCop Returns will erase the badly-received sequels that plagued the franchise right after the first film. It will also, of course, ignore the 2014 reboot that starred Joel Kinnaman in the titular role. We should add that it will be going back to its roots with an R-rating this time around. The story will, for the most part, take place a year after the original film.
Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) is set to helm the film, with a script by Justin Rhodes, writer of the upcoming Terminator reboot. Original screenwriter Ed Neumeier is producing, with Michael Miner set as an executive producer. Rhodes will be rewriting a draft that Neumeier and Miner wrote.
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