MGM is Bringing RoboCop Back?!
We somehow missed this fun little rumor on Friday but are bringing it to you today. Continuing the rather awful trend of remaking, rebooting, and rehashing dead franchises (Rocky, Rambo, even Terminator), MGM is considering bringing back RoboCop from the dead... again. Apparently MGM released a press release that AICN caught that mentioned they're entering its "new phase of evolution by focusing on its major movie franchises", one of which included RoboCop. How odd? Is RoboCop really returning?
Here is the snippet from the MGM press release:
MGM is planning an exciting fall and winter release schedule. In partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, MGM will bring new installments of two of its tentpole franchises -- the new James Bond movie QUANTUM OF SOLACE and Steve Martin in PINK PANTHER 2. MGM will also release United Artists' international thriller VALKYRIE, starring Tom Cruise on October 3. With the appointment of Parent, MGM will enter its new phase of evolution by focusing on its major movie franchises highlighted by JAMES BOND and PINK PANTHER sequels, THE HOBBIT, THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR 2, THE OUTER LIMITS, ROBOCOP, DEATH WISH and FAME, among others.
They are of course actually working on James Bond, more Pink Panther sequels (sadly), a previously mentioned Thomas Crown Affair sequel, Death Wish (from Sly Stallone), and Fame, so the rest are all confirmed. Obviously there's no way that we'll know whether this is real or actually moving forward until we hear an official press release specifically focused on RoboCop, and that probably won't happen for a very long time, if ever. We also don't know if this is a remake or a reboot or what exactly, but we'll be sure to let you know once we find out.
I was first introduced to RoboCop by our Barry's brother Marty last year, and damn was it one hell of an intense introduction. I don't know how I missed this classic 1987 sci-fi movie, especially when I enjoy Paul Verhoeven's other films, but now I'm a big fan, even bought that 20th Anniversary re-release last year. I'd love to see this rebooted, BUT as long as it's like the upcoming Terminator sequel - handled correctly. I don't know if they'll actually do that though, because MGM really doesn't know how to handle anything well, but we'll see how it goes.
Is anyone else hoping that this RoboCop reboot will actually turn out as incredible as the other movies?