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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

MGM Developing ‘RoboCop’ Prequel Series Focusing on Villainous Omni VP Dick Jones

“Dick, you’re fired.”

Before being shot several times and falling to his death out of a boardroom window, Dick Jones (portrayed by Ronny Cox) was the slimy, villainous, and extremely corrupt Senior Vice President of Omni Consumer Products.

While his death in RoboCop (1987) will be remembered as one of the all-time greats, his life could be celebrated in a brand new RoboCop prequel series that would also focus on the rise of Omni Consumer Products.

Digressing, after losing Neill Blomkamp to another horror endeavor, MGM and Orion recently hired Abe Forsythe to get behind the camera for RoboCop Returns, an official sequel that had been planned by the original 1987 film’s screenwriters Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, but was canceled when director Paul Verhoeven declined to direct the project and a WGA strike in 1988 followed [TheWrap].

Neumeier, who will also produce, revealed that he’s also currently working with MGM on the new RoboCop prequel series that would focus on the life of Dick Jones.

“I’m working at MGM on it,” he tells Moviehole while also noting:

“It has all the cool stuff about RoboCop except no RoboCop.”

“I’m working with these two writers, Dave Parkin and Rob Gibbs, who bought this idea to a TV producer friend of mine, who then brought it to me. 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.”

Speaking in regards to the original film’s social commentary: “There’s the idea of doing things about business and law enforcement in the city of Detroit a minute-and-a-half in the future, it would be a way to do all sorts of stories about business and tech, Silicon Valley, corporations, snakes in suits, cops, all that. It’s a wonderful rich tapestry.

“So we’ve been talking about it and I think we have an interesting story,” he continues. “It’s fun to work with a younger version of the Dick Jones we meet in RoboCop. He’s an actualized corporate predator [in the movie] but nobody necessarily starts out being the bad guy,” he notes.

“So 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.

There’s no formal go-ahead, but Neumeier hopes MGM can find the right partners to give the pilot a try.

As the site notes, think “Gotham” but set in Delta City, which begs the question, would you watch a RoboCop series without RoboCop?



source https://bloody-disgusting.com/tv/3630968/mgm-developing-robocop-prequel-series-focusing-villainous-omni-vp-dick-jones/

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