Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Elysium’ Follow-Up, ‘Chappie’, a Go

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With Elysium barely in theaters, Neill Blomkamp's next film, Chappie, has been greenlit for production, a film about a sentient robot kidnapped by gangsters to be used for their own illicit purposes.

Frequent Blomkamp collaborator Sharlto Copley is set to star, along with Dev Patel and South African rap duo Ninja and Yolandi Visser. The script is written by Blomkamp and his wife, Terri Tachell, who co-wrote District 9.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Media Rights Capital and Sony Pictures Entertainment will co-finance and produce the film, which is expected to begin production this fall. Here’s the full blurb from the studio’s 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.

This has us intrigued. District 9 was a fantastic debut film, and we really enjoyed Elysium. Chappie looks to be a bit of a strange film, but the same can be said of Blomkamp’s other two films, at first blush. In an interview with the LA Times, Blomkamp described the film as ‘like “Robocop” but hilarious’. In the same interview, he noted that where his first two films focus on politics, this one would explore some new territory.

What do you think? Has Blomkamp’s run in film so far met your sci-fi moviegoing expectations?

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