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

 

Author: Sofiane Madani Merouani

Up in the air. Pop Corn Lover and a Dreamer - Avid Reader, Writer and Retro Gaming Collector.

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