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There's a New Robocop Film in Development That Will Be a Direct Sequel To the Original First Film

It looks like we might actually get another RoboCop film and fans of the original 1987 film and there's reason for fans of the original film to get excited about it. The script is being written by original Robocop screenwriter Ed Neumeier, and it will be a sequel that ignores the events that took place in Robocop 2, Robocop 3, and the 2014 remake. During an interview with Zeitgeist Entertainment Magazine, Neumeier said:

"We’re not supposed to say too much. There’s been a bunch of other RoboCop movies and there was recently a remake and I would say this would be kind of going back to the old RoboCop we all love and starting there and going forward. So it’s a continuation really of the first movie. In my mind. So it’s a little bit more of the old school thing."

A new RoboCop movie with that old
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RoboCop: looking ahead to its planned "direct sequel"

Ryan Lambie Jan 24, 2018

Writer Ed Neumeier's working on a "direct sequel" to RoboCop. So what can we expect? We take a look at the possibilities..

"Don't worry Lewis," a RoboCop told his injured partner back in 1987, "They'll fix you. They fix everything."

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It's another quotable line in a movie full of them, which is partly why director Paul Verhoeven's violent, subversive sci-fi film's still regarded as a classic more than three decades later. But the line also has a poignant edge, particularly in Robo actor Peter Weller's reading of it: science brought the fatally wounded officer Alex Murphy back from the dead, but only as another of Ocp's consumer products. RoboCop's therefore as much about Murphy reclaiming his humanity as it is about quotable lines and shooting bad guys.

In the wake of RoboCop's success, there was something else
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New RoboCop movie in development, direct sequel to original

Mike Cecchini Jan 23, 2018

There's some kind of new RoboCop movie in the works, and it isn't a reboot.

Is there anything more frustrating than the RoboCop franchise? The first movie is an undisputed classic, and it would be enough for it to be merely one of the greatest action/sci-fi movies ever made. The fact that it has a thread of sharp (and more and more prescient) satire woven through it only makes it better. As a standalone genre film, it can stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Alien, The Terminator, and yes, even Star Wars.

But unlike those other films, whose respective franchises have some highs beyond their first installments, RoboCop...does not. We can charitably call RoboCop 2 a divisive movie, and even its defenders are unlikely to argue that it bests the original. RoboCop 3...happened. There were some attempts to make RoboCop work on TV in live action,
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New RoboCop Movie Will Be a Direct Sequel to 1987 Original

New RoboCop Movie Will Be a Direct Sequel to 1987 Original
The sci-fi action thriller RoboCop celebrated its 30th Anniversary last year, and the fan base for that movie is still quite strong. RoboCop is certainly one of the few franchises that could endure for over three decades, which included a 2014 reboot that wasn't terribly well-received. There may be hope for an original RoboCop sequel. Edward Neumeier, who wrote the 1987 classic, revealed in an interview at the Barbados Independent Film Festival that he is, "working on a new one at MGM right now' and that maybe they'll 'get another one out of it." When pressed for more details, the writer wouldn't give any specifics, but it's clear that this won't be another reboot, and that it will continue the continuity from the original movies. Here's what he had to say about this new Robocop movie.

"Well, here's what I'll say. We're not supposed to say too much. There's been a bunch
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Dear Alan Moore, How's The Weather Up Above Us?

Dear Alan Moore,

I won't waste your time in telling you I'm a fan of your work because you'd be hard pressed to find a comic book reader who hasn't enjoyed one of your numerous contributions to the art throughout the years. That being said, I'm getting tired of your s***.

So what if DC retains the rights to Watchmen and wants to do a prequel? Is this truly a "shameless" act as you say in the New York Times? This "dependence on your ideas" is unacceptable in your eyes? Is it fair then for Forbes writer Mark Hughes to say your dependence on other literary characters for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen makes you a hypocrite? I have to wonder.

Not that I expected your reaction to be any different than when the Watchmen movie was announced, in which you proclaimed you would be "spitting venom" all over the proceedings
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Star Trek Sequel Signs Robocop Star Peter Weller for Undisclosed Role

The highly anticipated sci-fi sequel from director Jj Abrams and featuring a returning cast of Chris Pine, Zachery Quinto and Zoe Saldana is scheduled for 3D theatrical release in May 2013. Paramount Pictures has locked Star Trek 2 for 3D theatrical release on May 17, 2013. The film, which will begin production in early 2012, will also be shot in 3D. The entirety of the main cast, including Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto, are expected to reprise their roles. Jj Abrams will direct and Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof are returning for the script duties. Peter Weller, who rose to fame portraying cyborg police officer from the future Alex Murphy in the 1980's films Robocop and Robocop II, has recently landed a role in the Star Trek sequel. No further...
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George Lucas Mourns the Death of Irving Kershner

Filmmaker Irvin Kershner died at age 87 Saturday after a three year battle with lung cancer. Kershner began making documentaries for the U.S. Information Service in the early ’50s. After working in television, he co-scripted and directed his first feature, the crime drama Stakeout on Dope Street, for executive producer Roger Corman. Kershner started to make a name for himself in the mid ’60s with the Brian Moore adaptation The Luck of Ginger Coffey, the romantic satire A Fine Madness, and the marital-crisis drama Loving. However the director is best known for his big-budget action and adventure films such as The Empire Strikes Back, the James Bond film Never Say Never Again, and RoboCop II.

Star Wars creator/producer/director George Lucas issued a touching statement in memory of Kershner.

The statement was released on StarWars.com:

“The world has lost a great director and one of the most genuine
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Leslie Nielsen and Irvin Kershner Both Pass Away In Their 80s

Irvin Kershner dies at 87 years of Age!

The director of one of my favorite movies of all time has passed away today. The AP reports that Kershner, renowned for making the second Star Wars film, “The Empire Strikes Back”, has died in Los Angeles, his goddaughter Adriana Santini told the AP on Monday. He was 87 years old. Kershner, who besides the 1980 sci-fi epic also directed Sean Connery as James Bond in “Never Say Never Again” (1983) and Peter Wellerin “Robocop II” (1990), died at home after a long illness, said Santini, who lives in France. Born in Philadelphia in 1923, Kershner trained as a musician and in photography before starting making documentaries and then feature films.

Irvin was a graduate of the University of Southern California film school, and he was one of the first directors to be mentored under Roger Corman with his 1958 directorial debut Stakeout on Dope Street. Social alienation and
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'Project Runway's' Nina Garcia welcomes son; Pink talks pregnancy rage

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It's a boy for "Project Runway" judge, Nina Garcia and husband David Conrod. Baby Alexander David joined big brother Lucas over Thanksgiving weekend. Something tells us these little boys won't be caught in a fashion faux pas with mommy around. [People]

After five months of dating, Chad Waltrip proposed to Stephanie Smith during filming of "The Amazing Race," and now the amazing couple has announced that they've already tied the knot and have an amazing baby on the way. They had planned for a March wedding, but one seems to have slipped past the goalie and come June, baby will make three. The couple tied the knot at a friend's house in Florida. [People] 

"I have the rage!" Pink admits to Billy Bush regarding her pregnancy hormones. The singer was involved in an altercation in a Bed Bath and Beyond parking lot, "This man wanted a parking spot and he honked at
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Nina Garcia welcomes son; Pink talks pregnancy rage

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It's a boy for Project Runway judge, Nina Garcia and husband David Conrod. Baby Alexander David joins big brother Lucas over Thanksgiving weekend. Something tells us these little boys won't be caught in a fashion faux-pas with mommy around. [People]

After five-months of dating, Chad Waltrip proposed to Stephanie Smith during filming of "The Amazing Race." The amazing couple has announced that they are now married and have an amazing baby on the way. They had planned for a March wedding, but one seems to have slipped past the goalie and come June baby will make three. The couple tied the knot at a friends house in Florida. [People] 

"I have the rage!" Pink admits to Billy Bush regarding her pregnancy hormones. The singer was involved in an altercation in a Bed Bath and Beyond parking lot, "This man wanted a parking spot and he honked at me and was literally an inch from my ear drum.
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Why Irvin Kershner Mattered

Why Irvin Kershner Mattered
Irvin Kershner has died at the age of 87. He leaves behind some recognizable films (The Flim Flam Man with George C. Scott; Eyes of Laura Mars with Faye Dunaway) and several sequels of various prominence (The Return of a Man Called Horse, Robocop II and the renegade James Bond film Never Say Never Again), never afraid to explore and extend the story of someone else's work. So, really, it's not a huge surprise in hindsight that he accepted the challenge of The Empire Strikes Back, the 1980 effort continuing the story that George Lucas started three years earlier with Star Wars . But could anybody have expected Kershner to knock this particular sequel out of the f*cking park?
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Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dead At 87

It's been a tough twenty four hours for 1980s film icons. Late yesterday came word that actor Leslie Nielsen had passed from complications of a staph infection and today comes word that director Irvin Kershner has pass at age 87 from what his daughter is describing as simply a 'lengthy illness'.

Though he has many, many other entries on his resume Kershner will always be best remembered as the director of the finest entry in the Star Wars canon, The Empire Strikes Back. Among his other high profile work was Robocop II and Sean Connery's final appearance in the James Bond franchise, Never Say Never Again.
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R.I.P. Irvin Kershner

Filmmaker Irvin Kershner has died at his home in Los Angeles after battling a long illness reports The Associated Press.

Initially starting out as a musician, Kershner went on to become a director of documentaries, features and TV shows. His most famous effort was "The Empire Strikes Back," the second film in the original "Star Wars" trilogy and by far the most critically acclaimed film of the entire saga.

His other most famous work was the infamous "Never Say Never Again", a pseudo-remake of "Thunderball" that was an attempt to setup a rival James Bond franchise outside of the official MGM franchise. It failed.

Other noted works include 1983's "The Eyes of Laura Mars" and 1990's "Robocop II". Kershner was eight-seven years old.
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‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Director Irvin Kershner Passes Away

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Today was a sad one in the world of entertainment, and one passing was particularly poignant for film geeks. Irvin Kershner, the director of “The Empire Strikes Back” passed away today at the age of 87.

Kershner had a varied and interesting career that wasn’t filled with Hollywood blockbusters. He studied music and photography, and became a documentary director under the United States Information Service. He also developed a number of television shows and directed several feature films, including “The Return of a Man Called Horse,” “A Fine Madness,” and “Hoodlum Priest.”

But he is best known for directing “The Empire Strikes Back”, a job he nearly didn’t take.

Kershner was one of George Lucas’ former professors at USC School of Cinema-Television, and was apparently a little dismayed his student was trying to recapture the success of “Star Wars” in a sequel. He was even more surprised that Lucas
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R.I.P. Irvin Kerschner

Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner died at his home in Paris, France, after suffering from an illness. He was 87. The longtime Los Angeles resident directed Sean Connery as James Bond in 1983's Never Say Never Again and Peter Weller in 1990's Robocop II. He was born in Philadelphia in 1923, and trained as a musician and in photography before creating documentaries and moving into feature films. It was because of his involvement in the Star Wars franchise that he was included by Carrie Fisher in her memoir Postcards From The Edge and played by Gene Hackman in the film version as the caring but also demanding film director having to put up with his star's drug addiction.
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Irvin Kershner, 1923-2010

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Irvin Kershner, 1923-2010
George Lucas helmed "Star Wars," but it was Irvin Kershner who took the directorial reins for "The Empire Strikes Back," the film that would become one of the pillars of any bargument over how the second installments of trilogies are inevitably the strongest of the three. Kershner passed away today at the age of 87. Kershner, who went on to work in two other seminal franchises, directing "Never Say Never Again" and "Robocop II," did an interview with Vanity Fair last month on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of "Empire" in which he, interestingly, expressed his displeasure with the tendencies of the American studio system:

American film tends to be sentimental and rarely depicts the soul of its citizens. And if the film doesn't have guns, it isn't an action film. But for me, the real turnoff is in the final scenes. The experience is often wrapped up in a
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Rip Irvin Kershner

The Associated Press is reporting that Irvin Kershner, director of the critically-acclaimed sequel to Star Wars, has passed away in Los Angeles following a long illness. He was 87.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa in 1923, Kershner's first love was music. He studied the violin, viola, and composition at Philadelphia's Temple University. He later moved on to painting and then photography, where he attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Finally, Kershner began his film career at University of Southern California's acclaimed School of Cinematic Arts.

After a foray into government-sponsored still photography projects in Iran, Kershner returned to the States and co-developed a documentary film series called Confidential File. This led to Kershner directing the short-lived television series The Rebel, as well as several TV pilots, including Peyton's Place and Philip Marlowe. A feature film career followed, with Kershner at the helm of such films as The Flim-Flam Man,
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Irvin Kershner passes aged 87

Irvin Kershner passes aged 87
Come on, God, give us a break. Just as we were reeling from the news that Leslie Nielsen had passed, we're now hearing Irvin Kershner has died, aged 87. Best known for directing the greatest Star Wars film ever made - The Empire Strikes Back - Kershner also directed Never Say Never Again and RoboCop II meaning that he told Han Solo, James Bond and Officer Alex J Murphy what to do, making him infinitely cool, forever. We agree with Simon Pegg's moving tribute: "Rip Irvin Kershner director of The Empire Strikes Back. For me, yours was the...

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Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dies At 87

Irvin Kershner, director of the almost universally best-loved Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back, has died at age 87, according to The Associated Press. Taking over for George Lucas to make the sequel to the mega-hit Star Wars, Kershner crafted a film that felt far more grown-up and fully realized than its predecessor, setting a standard for sci-fi and adventure films that carries on to this day. Kershner's career also included a Bond film, Never Say Never Again, and another less acclaimed sequel, Robocop II. Though he's been retired for nearly two decades now, he was recently back on a publicity tour to help promote the new 30th anniversary book, The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He did an interview last month with my friend Mike Ryan at Vanity Fair in which he talked about that movie's enduring legacy compared to the mixed reviews it got at
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'Empire Strikes Back' Director Irvin Kershner Dies

'Empire Strikes Back' Director Irvin Kershner Dies
Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner died at his home in Paris after suffering from illness, his goddaughter Adriana Santini confirmed to the Afp Monday. He was 87.In an interview with Vanity Fair, he lamented that he should have directed one of the Star Wars prequels.He also directed Sean Connery as James Bond in 1983's Never Say Never Again and Peter Weller in 1990's Robocop II.He was born in Philadelphia in 1923, and trained as a musician and in photography before creating documentaries and moving into feature films.– The Hollywood Reporter
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