In this Feb 10, 2014 file photo, actor Joel Kinnaman appears at the premiere of "Robocop" in Los Angeles. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / INVISION / AP)
NEW YORK - RoboCop is coming back. Again.
MGM is developing the sequel "RoboCop Returns" with "District 9" and "Elysium" filmmaker Neill Blomkamp to direct. The film will be a sequel to Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original about a cyborg police officer in a crime-ridden Detroit. It's to be based on a never-made spec script by the 1987 film's writers, Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner.
Two other sequels followed, in 1990 and 1993. MGM attempted a US$100-million "RoboCop" reboot in 2014, starring Joel Kinnaman. It failed to kickstart the franchise, with US$58.6 million in ticket sales in the US and Canada, though it fared better at the overseas box office with US$184.1 million.
Deadline first reported the project.