LOS ANGELES: Neill Blomkamp, known for films such as "District 9" and "Chappie", has been hired by MGM Studios to direct the sequel to "RoboCop".
The sequel, titled "RoboCop Return", comes four years after Joel Kinnaman played the title character in the reboot of the franchise.
However, the new will ignore the previous entries and 2014 reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Terminator" screenwriter Justin Rhodes will be penning the script for the sequel.
Writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, wrote the Paul Verhoeven's 1987 "RoboCop" are producing and executive producing the new project.
The Verhoeven's film featured Peter Weller as a badly wounded cop on death's doorstep who is turned into a cyborg law enforcement officer tasked with wiping out crime in an out of control Detroit, but who is plagued by submerged memories of his previous married life.