As we found out recently, Blomkamp has been tapped by MGM to helm RoboCop Returns, a movie that will serve as both a direct sequel to the 1987 sci-fi classic and a reboot of the franchise, which faltered in 2014 with a remake that didn't come close to matching the original's audacious, satirical vision.
Of course, casting the title character is of paramount importance (the 2014 version, Joel Kinnaman, will not be returning), so take a look at what Blomkamp said on Twitter when asked who he thinks should take the role:
Yes, you read that right: the filmmaker suggested that the original RoboCop, Peter Weller, should reprise the role for the first time since 1990's RoboCop 2.
Is Blomkamp kidding around, paying tribute to Weller, or serious? It's hard to say, but the idea can work on many levels.
For one, the publicity of bringing back the original Officer Alex Murphy would be a goldmine for the movie; second, even though Peter Weller is now 71 years old, he doesn't have to stomp around in a suit like he did 30 years ago -- all that's needed is his face inside a CG RoboCop suit (and he can even be de-aged if necessary, although it seems plausible that Murphy's flesh would age normally).
Plus it's not like Weller has been put out to pasture somewhere: the actor had a major role in 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness, while also acting in and/or directing episodes of TV series like Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, The Strain, Under the Dome, The Last Ship and others.
With the plot of the new movie described as “anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption,” and the script based on an unused screenplay for RoboCop 2 penned by the original film's writers, the connections to the first movie are stronger and more direct than ever. Could enticing Peter Weller back for one more chance to utter, "Your move, creep" make RoboCop Returns the first film in the series to truly live up to the original?