Neill Blomkamp (District 9) is currently overseeing a direct sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s ultraviolent techno-horror RoboCop called RoboCop Returns. In a recent interview with the folks at HN Entertainment, however, original RoboCop co-scribe Ed Neumeier explains that a direct sequel to the original was in the formative stages all the way back in 1988. So why has it taken so long for this true sequel to materialize?
It all has to do with the writers’ strike that was taking
place at the time. Neumeier describes his original vision for the sequel, how
Blomkamp became involved, and what fans can expect from RoboCop Returns (without
revealing too much, of course).
“I am a producer at
the moment. We talked about it a couple of years back and I reminded them that
we had written a very rough sequel back in 1988 which then was stopped by the
writer’s strike, the same year. And they looked at it and they said ‘oh, good!’,
so we did some more work on that and then Neill Blomkamp found out about it and
he said ‘I have always wanted to do this, this is my dream project’ and MGM was
very very pleased to get into business with him.
“Ah, so they are,
Neill Blomkamp and his screenwriter Justin Rhodes have done a pass on the
script we were writing on and they’re doing another one. [It] was called The
Corporate Wars at the time and is now called RoboCop Returns. It is a slightly
different concept in some ways than we were originally doing, Neill wants to
do. I don’t want to talk too much about it or somebody will call me and tell me
to shut up, but we’re hopeful and I think Neill really really wants to make a
good RoboCop movie. His idea is that it should be the proper Verhoeven [Paul
Verhoeven] if Verhoeven had directed a movie right after RoboCop I think that’s
what he is trying to achieve and I hope he does. We’ll see what happens next.”
You can check out the interview in its entirety, HERE. As for whether or not original RoboCop lead actor Peter Weller will return in any capacity, it doesn’t seem likely, but anything’s possible.
We’ll be keeping you up to date on all official RoboCop Returns news as
details emerge. In the
meantime, refamiliarize yourself with the original RoboCop through the synopsis
and trailer below.
Synopsis: In a violent, near-apocalyptic
Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city
government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating
cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) into an armed
confrontation with crime lord Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) so they can use his
body to support their untested RoboCop prototype. But when RoboCop learns of
the company’s nefarious plans, he turns on his masters.
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Arriving exclusively on Netflix this Friday is Jonas Åkerlund’s adaptation of Polar, the Dark Horse graphic novel series that follows a highly skilled assassin named Duncan Vizla (Mads Mikkelsen) who is set to retire, but his boss deems him a danger to the future of his criminal organization, and dispatches a gang of killers to eliminate Duncan by any means necessary. As he deals with adjusting to his new life, and the constant threat of death looming all around him, Duncan meets a young woman named Camille (Vanessa Hudgens), who gives him a new reason to get back to work.
Daily Dead briefly chatted with Mikkelsen recently, and he talked about the appeal of Polar and his process for bringing his character Duncan to life for the project. Mads also discussed his approach to the physical demands of his role in Polar, fleshing out the complicated relationship between Duncan and Camille, and how the long-suffering fans of Hannibal shouldn’t give up hope on season four of Bryan Fuller’s series just yet.
There is a lot going on with Duncan, and I wanted to start off by talking about your process of digging into him. He’s not overtly verbose, and it seems like he’s working through some of the baggage that comes with the life he’s led, too. Was that the appeal for you when you came on board for Polar?
Mads Mikkelsen: Well, the graphic novels were the first appeal. Duncan Vizla is interesting because he’s obviously a very cool character. And we wanted him to stay cool, but we also wanted him to be socially awkward. We wanted him to be not really ready to put his feet into the normal world. It’s a territory he’s not good at. So, when we meet him, he’s a little pissed off by the fact that he’s retiring. It’s not really what he wants. So we didn’t want it to be a character that’s been haunted for what he’s done and then he can’t wait to retire. We wanted the opposite. We wanted a man who’s really good at this job. He’s trying not to think about his job too much. It’s just something he’s good at. So that was our approach. And also, in the fights and the way he fights, he’s not some bodybuilder. He’s skillful, but he’s heavy and tired.
You just mentioned the fight scenes, and I noticed that as the movie progresses, a lot of the action is still super slick and polished. But then, in the third act, there’s a huge shift in the physicality of Duncan. How did you prepare for taking on the more arduous aspects of this character?
Mads Mikkelsen: Right. You have that physicality, and it’s enormously important, especially so in this film. We wanted to release the beast, absolutely, but at the same time, we didn’t want him to become a Superman, either. We just want him to be almost collapsing every time he’s facing someone because each fight is like the last step for Duncan. Just one more step and he can move on, and that was our approach. In a way, he’s a man who was basically close to dying all the time.
There’s this endearingly awkward rapport that builds towards something very interesting between Duncan and Camille, Vanessa’s character. I love the fact that she ends up representing something very different than I was expecting, and their relationship is so intriguing. Can you talk about exploring that back-and-forth in Polar?
Mads Mikkelsen: Yeah, that was one of the things we had this idea that we wanted to, not necessarily in the same manner, but we wanted to have that kind of sensation where audiences in those final moments are like, “Oh, so that’s what it’s been all about all along.” And with the character of Camille, the approach was quite sweet because, as I said, we had this thing we always talked about these two characters being two lost souls living in a fish bowl as they find each other. There’s a certain sweetness, but there are also some comedy elements in their meeting, too. It’s an odd, odd friendship that we’re evolving there, but at the same time, they don’t seem out of place together, either. It’s as if they fit somehow.
If things go well with Polar, it seems that there could be more opportunities for this character in the future. If you had the chance to come back and take on Duncan again, is that something you would be game for and where would you like to see the character go then?
Mads Mikkelsen: We are all absolutely game for more. We are aware that there are more graphic novels out there, and we took quite a few liberties with the story here, so they are not following the same path. But I would love to revisit this character. I think he needs a little vacation, then he would be fit to fight again. We also had some really cool ideas about what kind of gang he would end up with, after the ending of this story. There are a few interesting characters in Polar that we would love to revisit, too, and as a fan of the material, I think it would be interesting to see where this could go in another film.
When discussing memorable characters, obviously Hannibal is one of those characters, which is proven by the fact that the series is still very much at the forefront of fans’ minds after several years. How great does that make you feel, knowing this is a character that people are still looking for, people are still talking about, people are still waiting to see if maybe he gets to come back? It must be pretty surreal, especially because that doesn’t always happen when shows get canceled.
Mads Mikkelsen: We love it. Without those fans and their devotion and passion, we wouldn’t even be talking about a fourth season. They are the sole reason why it’s still up in the air, I guess. They’re fantastic and they are great supporters of, not only Hannibal, but also of the other things we’re doing simultaneously. They have even been very interested in Polar and that’s just a fantastic situation for us to be in, because they are so supportive.
The lineup for this year’s Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con is already incredibly stacked, as we’ve learned tonight that both Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi will be in attendance! They’ll be signing autographs, posing for photos, and participating in a must-attend Q&A.
Robert Englund, Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen and Ted Raimi have also been announced, with many more celebrity guests being added in the coming weeks and months.
Flashback Weekend will be held August 2-4, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL For ticket sale information, visit www.flashbackweekend.com.
Ahead of the UK premiere of LEVEL 16 at Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow 2019, director Danishka Esterhazy tells us about the long journey to get her film made, the empowering nature of female friendship and her love for Sci-fi.
Q) It has been 10 years since first draft to a world premiere at Fantastic Fest. Quite a journey. What inspired you in the first place and what kept you going?
Last year marked 50 years since the Planet of the Apes was released in theaters, and William Conlin’s new documentary, Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film, celebrates a half century of the movie’s groundbreaking makeup effects and the artists who made them a reality. Featuring interviews with the movie’s innovative makeup artists and filmmakers such as Guillermo del Toro and John Landis, Making Apes will be screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this February.
The screening of Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film will take place on Friday, February 8th at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Metro Theatre Auditorium #3. To learn more, visit SBIFF’s official website and check out the trailer below.
“Fifty years after its release, the special effects makeup team behind the original 1968 science fiction classic PLANET OF THE APES reflect on making the iconic film. Long considered a turning point in makeup, the film launched a franchise that is still going today. This film shows the behind-the-scenes story of how the film was conceptualized, how the filmmakers had to struggle to get it made, and how its successful franchise has continued for so long.
Featuring interviews with makeup artists who worked on the original films, actors who wore the makeup, modern makeup artists, film historians, and filmmakers such as Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, and Richard Donner.
Directed by William Conlin
Produced by Thomas R. Burman, Bari Dreiband-Burman, Harlene Conlin
Written by Thomas R. Burman, William G. Conlin
Starring Thomas R. Burman, Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Leonard Maltin, Rick Baker
Country – USA
Todd McFarlane isn’t just the creative mastermind who
invented Spawn, he’s also the co-creator of Venom. Considering the
former is in pre-production while the later was a smashing success (despite
being a PG-13 affair that only received mixed reviews), it seems only natural
that McFarlane dreams of a crossover in the not too distant future.
“No matter who distributes Spawn, the first thing you will see in every trailer will be ‘From the co-creator of Venom’. So, my question to Sony is why would you let one of your competitors use that line, given that it was your effort that made Venom work? I think it’s worth asking, then, what if they both work?”
This is but one of the details discussed in Looper’s latest update on the status of Spawn, which you can watch at the top of the article. Spawn is currently laboring through pre-production over at Blumhouse; McFarlane seems to be irked by the film’s slow progression, as we recently reported. Read all about it in the link below.
Spawn doesn’t have an exact release date, but its IMDB page still
claims the project hopes to hit silver screens sometime in 2019—although I’m
beginning to have doubts, personally. Time will tell. Spawn will star Jeremy
Renner and Jamie Foxx. We’ll keep you posted as details emerge. Stay tuned!
uninitiated, Here’s a bit about Spawn’s pre-antihero existence, via Fandom:
Albert “Al” Francis Simmons was born in Detroit, Michigan as the second of three brothers (Marc, Al, and Richard) to Esther and Bernard Simmons. Simmons was a very gifted officer of the United States Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He later joined the United States Secret Service, which led to his transfer to the Central Intelligence Agency. In the CIA, Simmons was recruited by Director Jason Wynn into a special top-secret covert ops division known as the U.S. Security Group, an elite task force with jurisdiction in all domestic and foreign situations.
Would you be down
for a Venom/Spawn crossover movie? Are you
looking forward to seeing Spawn reborn? Let us know in
the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
Cult classic EVIL DEAD 2 – directed by Sam Raimi – has been newly restored and will release for the first time on 4K Ultra HD!
After the shocking and notorious cult classic THE EVIL DEAD impaled its way into the minds of a whole generation, visionary maverick director Sam Raimi decided to elaborate on its twisted scenario. Featuring B-movie legend Bruce Campbell in his most iconic role,
Mary Lambert, director of the 1989 adaptation of Pet Sematary, had noted late last year that she was working with Paramount to restore the film, so we assumed that a 4K Ultra HD release was coming in time for the new adaptation in April. And indeed Diabolik now lists Pet Sematary on 4K Ultra HD for pre-order in their shop, releasing March 26!
With Fangoria having returned to glorious circulation, so too have the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, the magazine’s annual celebration of excellence within the field of horror cinema. And for the 2019 awards, Fango has nominated filmmaker David Gordon Green’s 2018 smash-hit
February on Horror Channel sees the UK TV premieres of films by two highly talented directors: Tom Paton brings a fresh spin to creature-in-the-woods mythology with REDWOOD, a nerve-shredding chiller that will make you think twice about going camping, and THE TALL MAN, Pascal Laugier’s follow-up to his classic Martyrs is another sensational thriller of astonishing depth.