Rumor Patrol: New 'RoboCop' May Be in Development

Rumor Patrol: New 'RoboCop' May Be in Development

Jan 24, 2018

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Even as the Academy Award nominations were being announced yesterday, two intriguing, though unconfirmed, reports have gained traction. Here's what we know:
 

Is a New Robocop Movie in Development?

Report: Ed Neumeier, who cowrote and coproduced the original Robocop, told Zeitgeist Entertainment Magazine (via Movieweb) that he has been working on a possible new version:

"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."

Likelihood: High. In its current incarnation, MGM works with various studios to produce, finance and distribute films. Their release slate this year includes originals like Every Day and new versions of older favorites like Death Wish, Tomb Raider and Overboard. So it makes sense that the company would want to continue the RoboCop franchise; the 2014 remake earned a total of $242 million at the box office worldwide.

 

Is a New Cloverfield Sequel Heading to Netflix Instead of Theaters?

Report: On Monday, we saw an unconfirmed report on social media from Sundance suggesting that an upcoming Cloverfield sequel might be heading to Netflix rather than theaters. On Tuesday, industry trade publications began reporting that Netflix is in talks to acquire the film from Paramount, the distributor.

Details: The movie, at one point titled God Particle, began production back in 2016 and was originally scheduled for theatrical release in February 2017. Then rumors began that the movie, said to be about astronauts on board a space station when they see the Earth disappear, was set in the mysterious Cloverfield universe, like the also mysterious 10 Cloverfield Lane

Earlier this month, we heard that the still untitled movie's release had been moved from next month to April 20. Now The Tracking Board says that Netflix is in negotiations for global distribution rights (except China) and may release it sooner than April.

Deadline described it as "a strong rumor at this point that is building steam." THR claims that Paramount chairman Jim Gianopulos, who took over the studio last year, has been making "some hard choices" about planned theatrical releases and notes that the overseas release of sci-fi drama Annihilation, for example, was shifted from theaters to Netflix.

Likelihood: Uncertain. The movie would seem to fit into Netflix's wheelhouse -- a sci-fi thriller, presumably with name recognition if the title is changed to Cloverfield Station, as also rumored -- and the reported budget of $40 million would not be an obstacle for the streaming service. We should hear confirmation fairly soon if it's going to happen.

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