Hot on the heels of “Elysium”, writer/director Neill Blomkamp’s next project is already in production in South Africa. Following the tradition of his previous films, “Chappie” is a sci-fi story about a robot who becomes an adopted son. Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital(MRC) made the announcement today.
“Chappie” marks the third straight collaboration for Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley. Copley burst onto the U.S. cinematic scene in 2009, starring in Blomkamp’s Oscar-nominated “District 9.” This summer, he played baddie Kruger, taking on Matt Damon in “Elysium.” Copley will voice the titular robot in “Chappie.” Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, and Sigourney Weaver also star in the film.
Blomkamp will also produce “Chappie”, a project that reunites him with writing partner Terri Tatchell. Tatchell wrote the Oscar-nominated adapted screenplay for “District 9” with Blomkamp. Peter Jackson produced the film, which garnered nominations for editing, visual effects and best picture.
MRC and Sony Pictures also partnered on Elysium, which grossed over $200 million at the global box office. MRC is an independent film studio that has partnered with Warner Bros, Sony, and Universal on 16 films to date, including the worldwide highest-grossing R-rated original comedy to date, Seth McFarlane’s “Ted.”
There is no word on when the robot prodigy “Chappie” will hit the big screen.