To celebrate the 35th anniversary of RoboCop, the Austin Film Festival presents a screening of the Paul Verhoeven-directed near-future action satire at 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the State Theatre with co-screenwriter Ed Neumeier in attendance. In addition, A Conversation with Edward Neumeier will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Stephen F. Austin Royal Sonesta during the Austin Film Festival’s Writers Conference. Written by Neumeier and Michael Miner, RoboCop pits the financially ruined Detroit’s first and finest cyborg police officer (Peter Weller) against the gang of criminals that shot and left him for dead when he was still fully human. RoboCop plays out against the attempt by the nefarious Omni Consumer Products to militarize Detroit’s police department in advance of bulldozing and gentrifying the city’s most neglected and derelict neighborhoods. Ed Neumeier also wrote the Paul Verhoeven-directed Starship Troopers, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, as well as the Phil Tippett-directed direct-to-DVD sequel Starship Troopers: Hero of the Federation and the animated Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars. Neumeier made his directorial debut the direct-to-DVD threequel Starship Troopers: Marauder, which he also wrote. He reunited with his RoboCop cowriter Michael Minor for the 2004 sequel Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid. Neumeier and Minor recently rewrote their unproduced RoboCop sequel, now titled RoboCop Returns, with the intent of making it a direct sequel to the 1987 original.
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