While a new RoboCop movie is still in development at MGM, now comes the slightly left-field news that plans are afoot for a prequel show of sorts.
In an interview with Moviehole, RoboCop co-creator Ed Neumeier revealed that he has hopes to put together a prequel TV series centred on a young Dick Jones. Neumeier has reportedly already pitched the idea to a TV producer friend of his, with writers Dave Parkin and Rob Gibbs having come up with this concept.
On what this Dick Jones show might look like, Neumeier explained, “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. It’s fun to work with a younger version of the Dick Jones we meet in RoboCop. He’s an actualised corporate predator, but nobody necessarily starts out being the bad guy.”
Played in RoboCop by Ronny Cox, Dick Jones is the Senior VP of Omni Consumer Products and the brains behind the doomed ED-209 robotic lawman seen in the franchise. Elsewhere, Jones also has his hands dirty by having Clarence Boddicker’s gang at his disposal to take down RoboCop.
As alluded to, a new RoboCop film is in development in the form of RoboCop Returns – a direct sequel to the 1987 movie.