The script for Robocop, a hi-tech story of decline, had a note doodled on top of the first page. It read: “The future left Detroit behind!”
As screenwriter Ed Neumeirer recalls, it had been a prescient message. That statement has never been more relevant to the American city, after it filed the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history earlier this month with debts around $18 billion. Neumeier notes that Robocop was, and still is, a metaphor "to show the economic decline in America." He said: "The reason Detroit is crucial is actually because it's facing a commercial blight you can imagine happening in lots of places."