Well here’s one bone-headed remake that we were all hoping had silently gone away, but unfortunately it seems it may not be completely dead after all. According to Merrick over at Ain’t It Cool News, a recent MGM press release is touting a new Robocop movie among the numerous franchise films the studio currently has in development. Last we heard of this project, the studio had supposedly lost interest, leaving writer Ed Neumeier to move on to other projects.
I don’t know what they’ve got planned, but I really can’t see it being anything worthwhile. After two sequels and a few TV incarnations, I think Robocop has pretty much run its course at this point. Don’t get me wrong, the original is a masterpiece in its own right, and if Paul Verhoeven for some insane reason decided he wanted revisit the franchise 20 years later, I might be interested. But otherwise, why can’t MGM just be content to bring out new special edition DVDs every couple of years? If you ask me, this whole reboot trend is even worse than just doing plain old remakes.