A Sequel to Joel Kinnaman's Robocop Could Still Happen

Monday, 14 September 2015 - 9:57AM
Monday, 14 September 2015 - 9:57AM
A Sequel to Joel Kinnaman's Robocop Could Still Happen
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A Robocop reboot was always a dubious venture, and the 2014 film starring Joel Kinnaman seemed to be a swing and a miss for Sony. It received poor reviews from critics (making our list of ten worst sci-fi films of the year), and was mostly a disappointment to fans of the franchise, not least as a result of the watered down PG-13 rating. So it was mostly assumed that a sequel was not in the cards, but according to a new report from Den of Geek, Sony is still open to pursuing another installment. 

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As it turns out, it's not a closed project at Sony, although it doesn't appear to be one the studio is heavily pursuing. Nonetheless, we understand that it is still welcoming pitches for a further RoboCop venture. Our source confirmed that Sony hasn't shut the project down, although it doesn't appear to be a high priority.
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Predictably, it's all about whether Sony can make a profit. Robocop was a box office failure domestically, making on $58 million compared to its $100 million budget, but it performed fairly well internationally, making an additional $184 million. It wasn't a slam dunk, but it was enough that a sequel isn't entirely off the table.

Since the film performed better internationally while America collectively shrugged, Den of Geek reports that it's much more likely that the sequel will happen if it becomes a joint venture with a Chinese studio. It may also become more feasible if Suicide Squad performs well (which it probably will), as Kinnaman's star wattage will increase considerably. Either way, we hope that the sequel would bring him back, as the cast was the best part of an otherwise disappointing film.
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