In March 2022, Amazon acquired MGM Studios and now, according to Deadline, a reboot of the iconic RoboCop franchise is in development.
The project includes both a movie and television series, with details still being kept under wraps. However, it appears that the future holds a significant amount of RoboCop content for fans of the franchise.
According to the report, RoboCop is being considered for both film and TV adaptations, with the possibility of a TV series coming first.
Amazon is actively seeking top-tier creators who have expressed interest in adapting specific intellectual properties from MGM, with an eye towards potentially bringing their projects to life.
In addition to scouting outside talent, Amazon Studios is also exploring its in-house roster to identify potential stars and directors for the RoboCop movie and series.
RoboCop has graced the small screen before, having made his television debut in 1994 after the release of the initial trilogy of films. The TV series starred Richard Eden in the titular role.
The most recent RoboCop project to gain attention was a planned movie titled RoboCop Returns, with Abe Forsythe (Little Monsters) set to direct. However, with Amazon now at the helm of the MGM property, the status of that project is unclear.
Regardless, Amazon has full control of the RoboCop franchise and seems eager to bring new life to the character through both film and TV adaptations.
Get a Look Inside ‘Exorcist: Believer’ in New Featurette
Perhaps the most anticipated movie in this third quarter of the year is The Exorcist: Believer. Fifty years after the original came out, reboot artists Jason Blum and director David Gordon Green are adding to the canon of one of the most beloved horror movies of all time. They even got Ellen Burstyn to return as Chris MacNeil, mother to demonized Regan (Linda Blair) in the first film!
Universal dropped a video today to give fans a closer look at the film before its October 6 wide release date. In the clip, Burstyn gives some insight into the character she created half a century ago.
“Playing a character that I created fifty years ago: I thought she has fifty years of living. Who has she become?” she says in the video.
She has more to say as does Green in this mini featurette. As with most of these videos, there might be light spoilers so watch at your own risk.
Wild Stills of Upcoming ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot Become Available
What do you get when you add some Bacon to a little Wood and then add a generous helping of Dinklage? Why a Toxic Avenger reboot of course. And today, Legendary Pictures allowed us to have a little peek at the aforementioned cast members as they appear in the reboot of the 1984 original.
This project has been trying to get off the ground for about 13 years and now it is finally getting to the big screen starting at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, running Sept. 21-28.
Director Macon Blair told Entertainment Weekly it is similar to the original “Toxie” via its storyline:
“There is a terrible industrial accident that renders him a mutant and an outcast, but also gives him some super strength and super abilities that sets him on a path of being an unlikely vigilante in this downward-spiraling society.”
He adds: “Similar to the original Toxic Avenger, he’s singularly unqualified to be a hero. He’s not especially brave, he’s not especially crafty, but he has his heart in the right place, and he starts taking it to the limit when he’s pushed into a corner.”
Kevin Bacon and Elijah Wood are the film’s antagonists. Wood playing the evil ganglord Fritz Garbinger who with his henchmen called Killer Nutz tries to upend our janitorial hero. Blair says Fritz is, “sort of Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the Danny DeVito Penguin mixed together.”
We’re going to do some lazy journalism here and let the PR release do the talking, but make sure to let us know what you thought of the movie if you are attending Fantastic Fest in Austin:
A fan favorite is reborn as filmmaker Macon Blair brings the iconic mop-wielding anti-hero
back to the big screen in The Toxic Avenger. The film from Legendary Entertainment is
a contemporary reimagining of Troma Entertainment’s 1984 comedic action hit, The Toxic Avenger, created by genre legend, Lloyd Kaufman.
Uniting an exciting critically acclaimed roster of beloved actors, the cast includes Emmy
Award winner Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones,” “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirdsand Snakes”), Critics Choice award winner Jacob Tremblay (“Room,” “Luca”), Independent Spirit Award winner, Taylour Paige (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Zola”); BAFTA award winner Julia Davis (“Sally4Ever,””Nighty Night,” “Run Rabbit Run”); Jonny Coyne (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) with SAG Award winner, Elijah Wood (“The Lord of the Rings” franchise, “Yellowjackets”) and Kevin Bacon (“City on A Hill”, “Footloose”).
The film follows the story of struggling everyman-janitor Winston Gooze, who is
transformed by a horrible toxic accident into a new evolution of hero: THE TOXIC AVENGER! Now with super-human strength and wielding a glowing mop for his unconventional weapon, he must race against time to save his son and stop a ruthless and power-hungry corporate tyrant bent on harnessing toxic superpowers to strengthen his polluted empire.
Blair directed the film from a screenplay he wrote based on Lloyd Kaufman’s “The Toxic
Avenger” (1984). The film is produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz. The executive producers are Andrew Pfeffer, Jay Ashenfelter and Macon Blair with casting by Mark Bennett and Julie Harkin. Blair’s collaborators behind the camera include Emmy Award winning director of photography, Dana Gonzalez; production designer Alexander Cameron; editors Brett W. Bachman and James Thomas; visual effects supervisor Chris Ritvo; costume designer Vanessa Porter; with music by Will Blair and Brooke Blair. A Toxic World Deserves a Toxic Hero.
‘Saw X’ Filmmaker to Fans: “You Asked For This Movie, We’re Making This For You”
In a featurette probably being emailed to every horror pub out there, the producers of the upcoming Saw X movie say this one is a direct sequel to Saw II. You can watch that clip in the video below.
“It needed to look like early Saw,” says producer Mark Burg in the clip.
“They were shot on 35 (mm); they were scuzzy and gritty,” adds Saw X cinematographer Nick Matthews.
According to producers this entry really gives fans something to look forward to. “We really tried to pay them back for their loyalty and the fans that have been there since Saw I,” says Burg. “And that’s why there’s easter eggs, there’s throwbacks; we really just tried to say, ‘you asked for this movie, we’re making this for you,'” says producer Oren Koules.
Just weeks after the events in Saw (2004): John Kramer (Tobin Bell) is back. Set between the events of Saw I and II, a sick and desperate John travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer – only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, John returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through a series of ingenious and terrifying traps. The most chilling installment of the Saw franchise yet explores the untold chapter of Jigsaw’s most personal game.