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RoboCop is suddenly at the center of a pop culture maelstrom again. How awesome is that? The cyborg peacekeeper has been pegged for a sequel/reboot numerous times since Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original, notably with Darren Aronofsky attached to direct at one point, but there’s been nothing real since the detestable 1993 sequel RoboCop 3.
Then, the Detroit incident occurred. Mayor Dave Bing asked for suggestions to help revitalize the city on Twitter, and one brilliant soul suggested a RoboCop statue. In addition to Bing’s polite refusal triggering a widely publicized Internet campaign, all of a sudden we started hearing t,alk of a RoboCop movie again.
Next thing you new, a director had been secured: Jose Padilha, as we learned last week. There’s more news today, too: Josh Zetumer, who wrote the script for Peter Berg’s never-shot adaptation of Dune, will pen the new RoboCop story, Deadline reports. The writer and director “will collaborate closely in reinventing the film.”
Good stuff. More RoboCop is a fine thing, indeed.