It’s only been four years since Sony’s attempt to reboot RoboCop with Joel Kinnaman as the cop-turned-crime-fighting-cyborg — though you’d be forgiven if you’ve already forgotten the bland remake of Paul Verhoeven’s satirical 1987 sci-fi classic. That might be an advantage for MGM, which is plotting a new RoboCop movie with District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp at the helm.
More bad news from the world of Neill Blomkamp: The South African-born filmmaker has called it quits on his latest effort, a crowdfunding campaign to turn his Oats Studios short “Firebase” into a feature-length film. According to a tweet from the official account of the experimental indie film studio, they simply failed to raise enough money to “do something truley [sic] awesome.”
While he’s been churning our short films from his newly minted Oats Studios, Neill Blomkamp has also been plotting his next feature film. While he’s made it clear that he’d love to return to the world of Elysium if any one would let him, he’s decided (rightly) to pursue a different tale: an adaptation of The Gone World written by his Oats Studios comrade Tom Sweterlitsch.