Neil Blomkamp is quickly heading for ‘The Awesome Zone’. ‘The Awesome Zone’, in case you were wondering is kinda like the Danger Zone but without the danger… and more awesome.
Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium has come out and has proven successful. Due to this Blomkamp’s third film Chappie has been picked up by Sony.
Here’s the Press Release:
Blomkamp will direct the film from a screenplay he has written with Terri Tatchell. He will also produce the film with Simon Kinberg. Production is expected to begin this fall. 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. Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, “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. We love the script he and Terri have written and we’re looking forward to working again with our friends at MRC.” “Neill is an incredibly talented and bold artist and we are proud to continue to support his work. We are looking forward to partnering with the team at Sony on Chappie,” said Modi Wiczyk, co-CEO of MRC.
The announcement comes as Sony Pictures and MRC released Elysium, Blomkamp’s second feature, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, which Blomkamp wrote and directed and also produced with Bill Block and Simon Kinberg. Elysium opened at #1 in the U.S. this weekend, and was also #1 in Russia, Sweden, Taiwan and Ukraine. Sony Pictures also released Blomkamp’s first feature film, District 9, which took in over $200 million worldwide and earned four Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture.
The cast for this film is quite interesting. The fact that Sharlo Coply is in it isn’t surprising at all. Ninja and Yolandi Visser of Die Antward are interesting choices. Especially when viewed of in the context that Blomkamp initially approached Ninja to star as Max in Elysium.
It makes you wonder if Chappie will be based more on Blomkamp’s Tempbot short film than we initially suspected.