“District 9” and “Elysium” filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has dropped out directing MGM’s new “Robocop” film due to scheduling conflicts, the dropout happening a little over a year after his hiring was announced.
Much like last year’s “Halloween” revival, the new film will serve as a direct follow-up to Paul Verhoeven’s acclaimed original 1987 film and ignores the subsequent sequels, mini-series spin-off and the 2014 remake.
In June came news that the script is being written and things were “going well”. Today though, Blomkamp says: “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.”
Justin Rhodes is rewriting an old script from Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner who penned the original and wrote this as a direct sequel to Verhoeven’s original.