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Sony On-Board for Neill Blomkamp’s CHAPPIE

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm by Amanda Andonian

neill blomkampSony and MRC announced today that they’re going to finance Neill Blomkamp’s next foray into sci-fi, Chappie. Written along with Terri Tatchell, Blomkamp will direct and production is set to start in the fall.

From the press release:

Chappie tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. The film will star Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, with Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, as the two gangsters.

It’s interesting that Sony is signing on so quickly for yet another film from Blomkamp, especially since Elysium received only lukewarm praise (even from our own Jess, whose Elysium review you can find there). Although Elysium managed to claim the top spot in the box office its opening weekend, its $30.5 million release fell somewhat short of expectations.

Columbia Pictures’ president, Doug Belgrad said in the press release, “We’re huge fans of Neill Blomkamp – it’s a real thrill to be continuing our relationship with such a visionary and important filmmaker. Neill has proven that he is a true original voice and we expect that Chappie will strike a chord with worldwide audiences in the same way that District 9 and Elysium have.”

I’m certainly a big fan of District 9, though I couldn’t really get myself psyched up for Elysium. I suppose we’ll see what Chappie will bring to Blomkamp’s repertoire. What do you guys think of the premise so far?

    • Jess

      I wasn’t the biggest fan of Elysium I am actually looking forward to this. Mainly because the cast continues of Sharlto Copley, who played Krueg in Elysium and the South African rap duo Die Antwoord, Ninja and Yolandi Visser. I’m beyond intrigued by this project even though the accents are going to drive me nuts.

      But regardless of the movie this song/video needs to be watched/heard:

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