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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 »

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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’

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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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Elysium / The World's End

Whether you’re depicting an ugly urban dystopia, or merely the end of the world as we know it, a lot of work goes into crafting scenes worthy of splashy summer releases. Today, we have two videos that show just what that labor entails.

A new featurette spotlights the special effects of Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium, while 15 minutes of B-roll footage show what went on behind the scenes of Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End. Hit the jump to check them out. Read More »

Neill Blomkamp

Briefly: Elysium failed to generate much heat when it opened in August this year, but perhaps Neill Blomkamp will have better luck in a cooler month. Sony has set a March 27th, 2015 release for his upcoming Chappie, a more lighthearted sci-fi pic about a police robot (Sharlto Copley) captured by South African gangsters (Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er).

The new date puts Chappie up against Fox’s animated spinoff The Penguins of Madagascar. Additionally, Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four and Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella are set to open in the same month, on March 6 and March 13, respectively. Official synopsis after the jump. [The Film Stage]

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Sharlto Copley and Neill Blomkamp on Elysium set

Elysium‘s box office performance this past weekend was nothing to get excited about, but evidently that hasn’t slowed Sony’s enthusiasm for director Neill Blomkamp. Sony is once again teaming with Media Rights Capital for Blomkamp’s next, the sci-fi comedy Chappie.

And with that announcement come more details about the movie, which had previously been kept under wraps. Sharlto Copley is set to star, as he has in both of Blomkamp’s features so far, along with Die Antwoord members Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er. Hit the jump to learn more about the plot.

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