Few mainstream action sci-fi movies satirize modern society as perfectly as RoboCop, which is why there’s still life in the franchise 33 years later.
Original screenwriter Ed Neumeier is returning to write and produce a new movie, something he’s been planning since the 1987 original. “It’s a direct sequel at this point,â€ the 63-year-old writer tells Inverse, â€œWe’re ignoring the other features and taking the characters somewhere after the first movie ends.”
After Robocopâ€™s release, the 1988 Hollywood writer’s strike tripped up Neumeier and co-writer Michael Minerâ€™s plans for an immediate sequel, but he’s now working off the same basic premise, just updated for modern sensibilities.
RoboCop made Neumeier a misnomer of sorts. He was an outsider who was inside the system. He was and remains a smart satirist who commanded multimillion-dollar budgets (as he would a decade later in Starship Troopers). He used the language and forms of American movies to comment on the poor state of the American body politic, and executives didnâ€™t seem to care that it was all a send-up.
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