Ed Neumeier, who wrote 1987's RoboCop, has revealed that he's working with MGM on developing a direct sequel to the film, ignoring the other movies in the franchise.
"I didn't expect to be talking about [RoboCop] thirty years later. It was kind of the start of my career and later we did Starship Troopers – which was an enormous movie that took forever." Neumeier told Zeitgeist Magazine. "I think all of that came out of that and it's nice that people are still interested in RoboCop and they have me working on a new one at MGM right now so maybe we'll get another one out of it."
Asked for details on the movie, Neumeier said, "Well, here's what I'll say. We're not supposed to say too much. There's been a bunch of other RoboCop movies and there was recently a remake and I would say this would be kind of going back to the old RoboCop we all love and starting there and going forward. So it's a continuation really of the first movie. In my mind. So it's a little bit more of the old school thing.
Neumeier, who is also known for his work on the Starship Troopers franchise, did not return to write RoboCop 2. The original film was remade in 2014, debuting to mixed reviews. The remake grossed $242.7 million against a budget of $100 million.
The new RoboCop film would not be the first sequel to an '80s movie to ostensibly ignore continuity that came in subsequent, more poorly received, films. Director James Cameron is currently planning to reboot the Terminator franchise, doing away with every movie after Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
There is no release date or casting information for the RoboCop sequel, as it has not been officially confirmed by MGM.