Chappie poster

The first Chappie trailer is here. The third film from Neill Blomkamp tells the story of an intelligent robot child which may be the next step in evolution. That scares people, and while the cast-off ‘bot’s existence starts off tough, things get even worse when he’s abducted. Sharlto Copley voices the performance-capture main character and Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman co-star. It opens March 6. Check out the first Chappie trailer below. Read More »

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Chappie poster

Those block letters spell out the name of a strange robot who also happens to be the title character in the third film written and directed by South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp (Elysium, District 9). This time, Blomkamp scripted with Terri Tatchell based in part on the director’s own faux commercial Tetra Vaal, embedded below. Sony has kept Chappie mostly locked up in secret over the last year as the picture shot in South Africa, but the first trailer drops tomorrow, Tuesday November 4. In the meantime, check out the robot’s attitude in the Chappie poster below.   Read More »

Chappie Banner header

After two movies filled with massive sci-fi action, it seems Neill Blomkamp is going a bit more emotional for his latest film. Sony very quietly kicked off the marketing campaign for Chappie at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, with a big banner and a window cling handed to fans as they walked by the booth. Most fans were confused by the swag, which shows a rudimentary drawing of two parents, one holding a gun, alongside a robot. But it’s an incredibly intriguing image for the March 2015 release, which stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Sharlto Copley as the title character. See the Chappie Comic Con swag and read more below. Read More »

Chappie Banner header

Neill Blomkamp‘s next film, Chappie, doesn’t have a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, but if this year is proving anything, it’s that panels aren’t the only way to raise awareness for a project. Sometimes something as simple as an evocative poster will do the trick. That’s exactly what Sony used in the case of Chappie, which stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Sharlto Copley. Check out the first Chappie poster below. Read More »

Sharlto Copley

Actor Sharlto Copley and director Neill Blomkamp broke through on a global scale together with District 9, and then went Hollywood together with Elysium. Now they’re teaming up a third time for Chappie, which Copley says finally has them “finding our stride.”

In a new interview, Copley discusses his “child-like robot” character and the “poor man’s motion-capture” being used to animate him. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Halo

A few years back, fans’ hearts were crushed when Neill Blomkamp parted ways with Halo. Before he made District 9, the director did a series of Halo short films and was working on a film adaptation with producer Peter Jackson. For numerous reasons, the project fell apart and fans were left thinking they’d never get to see Blomkamp’s vision of Master Chief.

Since then studios have tried and failed to make a Halo movie with Microsoft. Then, last year, plans for a Halo TV show were revealed, with Steven Spielberg set to produce. It was the closest thing to a film fans were going to get, as Microsoft said it didn’t want to make a movie. Now, things have  come full circle as a report says none other than Blomkamp will direct the pilot episode of the show. Read More »

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Briefly: Neill Blomkamp is following Elysium with the film Chappie, in which a couple of gangster steal a robot named Chappie, which ends up adopted into ”a very strange and dysfunctional family.” Sharlto Copley is providing the voice of Chappie, and Hugh Jackman and Dev Patel are cast as well.

Now Sigourney Weaver has joined the cast of the film. We don’t know the specifics on her role, but given that “dysfunctional family” aspect of the story, it’s possible to imagine she’s the matriarch of that setup.

Sony has set a March 27, 2015 date for the film. The following is what we’ve known of the story so far: “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.” [Variety]

Hugh Jackman Joins Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’

Hugh Jackman in Boy From Oz

Neill Blomkamp is adding a bit of star power to Chappie. Hugh Jackman confirmed in a recent interview that he is set for a supporting role in the film, which centers around a robot police officer (voiced by Sharlto Copley) who’s kidnapped by hoodlums (Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er).

Hit the jump for more details about the casting, including some hints about whom Jackman could play.

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