Ed Neumeier to pen the sequel of the “original” RoboCop. Ignoring all the rest of the franchise. 

It has been thirty one years since RoboCop made its debut in theaters  and became the sensational icon of the corporate satire and ultra violence that marked the end of the 80s. With the success of the first film, the original writers Ed Neumeier and Mike Miner set out to write the sequel under the subtitle of Corporate War. However the infamous 1988 writer’s strike prevented them from finishing the script. As a result, The unused Corporate Wars was never materialized and the production company at that time, Orion, replaced them with the comic book legend Frank Miller. Miller was inexperienced as a screenwriter and the sequel RoboCop 2, even though was filled with violence, did not achieve the same level of success as the original one.


RoboCop 3, rushed into production just as RoboCop 2 hit the theaters was a complete disaster. And the rest is just history.

But now, Ed Neumeier finally gets his revenge. As the writer of the original film, he sets out to write down the sequel of RoboCop 2.  As of now, we don’t know much about the story, whether or not, Ed would just “port” and continues the Corporate War storyline where he did leave it off thirteen years ago.

In an interview with Zeitgeist Entertainment Magazine, original RoboCop writer Ed Neumeier confirmed that MGM has hired him to write a direct sequel to the 1987 film, which was directed by Paul Verhoeven. Neumeier describes the new script as “a continuation really of the first movie. In my mind. So it’s a little bit more of the old school thing.” There’s some ambiguity there, perhaps implying more of a tonal kinship than a total abandonment of current continuity. For now, however, it certainly seems like RoboCop 2 and 3, not to mention the 2014 remake, will be falling by the wayside.

Sofiane MEROUANI

 

A book I do recommend to read: 1995 The Year The Future Began

The title might sound like 1984 by George Orwell. 

It has been a month since I did not publish an article in my blog. Sometimes, you have to understand me. I’m a flight attendant, and I do spend much of time on the airplane. Back in 2012, I was active on my tumblr weblog simply because I had to keep the trend when scribbling about one of my favorite TV Show, The Mentalist.

Things have changed since then. Now, I’m 32 years old and still writing but the cadence has slowed considerably as compared to my former calling as prolific writer on Tumblr.

But anyway, as the slogan of my blog says : “I keep blogging about everything and nothing”

Anyway, let’s start 2018 with a book I do recommend reading. It’s called 1995: The Year The Future Began. It chronicles the events it occurred that year, which according to the writer, Joseph Campbell, it 1995 ushered the world to the new millennium.

The title might sound like 1984 by George Orwell. (but on steroid)

The book digs dipper into major events that shaped American history for the better and the for the worst. Campbell starts with the emergence of the World Wide Web and the infamous, almost bloody war between Microsoft and Netscape. Then, he jumps into Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon with its humble beginning. And the emergence of the Wiki, which allowed the web to be a more collaborative hub for everyone.

1995 was also a tragic year for America, as the world witnessed the pre-September 11 attack on the American soil. The infamous Oklaoma Bombing that claimed life of 168 lives, which many people will certainly remember the photography of the firefighter holding a moribund newborn. It was by far the deadliest attack ever occurred back then.

On the legal side, 1995 was marked by the trial of O.J. Simpson charged for double homicide while on the politics side, The infamous affair between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky that send a reverberation accorss America and impeached the U.S President.

As Campbell demonstrates in this absorbing chronicle, 1995 was a year of extraordinary events, a watershed at the turn of the millennium. The effects of that pivotal year reverberate still, marking the close of one century and the dawning of another.

A good book that I would recommend to read.

Sofiane MEROUANI