Yesterday, it was revealed that MGM/Orion has finally found their replacement for director Neill Blomkamp on their RoboCop sequel RoboCop Returns.
According to TheHollywoodReporter, the studio has hired Australian director Abe Forsythe to tackle the science fiction action movie that is said to be the direct sequel to the original 1987 film from Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Starship Troopers)
MGM has tapped rising filmmaker Forsythe, the helmer of the Lupita Nyong’o zombie comedy Little Monsters, to direct Robocop Returns.
Check out Abe’s recent zombie comedy Little Monsters starring Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad below.
Blomkamp had been originally attached to direct and was recently working on a draft of the script with screenwriter Justin Rhodes (Terminator: Dark Fate, Green Lanter Corps.) only to exit to instead make his sci-fi thriller Infero.
Abe will also rewrite the script.
Neill begins shooting Inferno next March in Albuquerque, New Mexico with Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, True Detective) set to lead the film.
Franchise co-creators Ed Neumier and Michael Miner had originally penned a script to a sequel and will be producers on RoboCop Returns.
Filming is expected to take place soon, but a release date has yet to be set.
In a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) into an armed confrontation with crime lord Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) so they can use his body to support their untested RoboCop prototype. But when RoboCop learns of the company’s nefarious plans, he turns on his masters.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER