Patrick Dane writes for Bleeding Cool.
Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium just hit the American market over the weekend and is going to be landing on our UK shores on the 21st. I’m pretty excited about it.
And buzz hitting its peak for that film, this seems a decent time for Sony and MRC to announce they’re also backing Blomkamp’s next movie, Chappie.
Blomkamp has been subject to a lot of speculation around big spacey franchises for a while, but it seems that – at least at the moment – he is still only interested in his own original productions. Good on him.
Chappie is going to be based on Blomkamp’s own short film Tetra Vaal but this official blurb gives some hints as to how the plot has expanded.
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 Die Antwoord‘s Ninja and Yolandi Visser as the two gangsters, Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie and Dev Patel is set to have a role as well. Brendon thinks he’s playing the hacker who re-programs Chappie but we’ll have to wait and see.
I get the feeling that this is going to be something totally different from Blomkamp’s previous films. I expect there to be more comedy and quite possibly, events will unfold on a a smaller canvas.
Yolandi Visser and Ninja are characters to be sure and while their thick Afrikaans accent might be a stumbling block for some audience, I hope not. I like idea, the director and I like Die Antwoord. Better still, this could be a bit of an oddity. Chappie is one film I am really looking forward to.
Here is a look at Blomkamp’s original short film.
And here is a short film from Die Antwoord.