A RoboCop prequel focusing on the life of a young Dick Jones is in the works at MGM, according to MovieHole. In a recent interview, original screenwriter Ed Neumeier had a special message for all the kids watching at home, and it wasn’t “stay out of trouble.” RoboCop is coming to TV.
“I’m working at MGM on it,” Neumeier told MovieHole. “With any luck, if MGM is willing, if we can find the partners, if we can get this pilot made, if we can convince a bunch of people.” The spinoff TV show will feature the president of Omni Consumer Products, the ED-209 law enforcement robot’s biggest cheerleader, but it will have one thing missing. “It has all the cool stuff about RoboCop except no RoboCop,” Neumeier said. “It’s going to be about the evolution of Richard Jones to Dick Jones, the story of OCP and how the world moves into the future, how the corporate world behaves.”
The greedy corporate head was played by actor Ronny Cox in the 1987 film, which, spoiler alert, ends with him getting tossed out of a skyscraper window. Neumeier says the writers have “come up with a whole backstory I never did.” In the film, the Omni Consumer Products Senior Vice President is actually “an actualized corporate predator,” he says. “But nobody necessarily starts out being the bad guy.”
Like the original superhuman cyborg police officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller), RoboCop’s return is a team effort. “I’m working with these two writers, Dave Parkin and Rob Gibbs, who brought this idea to a TV producer friend of mine, who then brought it to me,” Neumeier says. “The first time I heard it I knew it was a cool idea because I could see a lot of things you could do with it. It’s such an interesting character.”