Seminal sci-fi movie RoboCop is set for a remake using state-of-the-art computer generating imaging (CGI) technology.

The original 1987 movie directed by Paul Verhoeven was a box office hit and spawned two, less successful, sequels.

Producer Michael De Luca and Hollywood studio Sony Pictures are backing the project which will retell the story of a maimed policeman who is transformed into an experimental crime-fighting cyborg, according to website MovieHole.net.

A source says, "There's been discussions at Screen Gems about a RoboCop picture ever since negotiations began to acquire MGM several years ago. As yet no writer has been hired but things are inching forward in that direction."