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CHAPPIE (2015): Neill Blomkamp’s Film Gets A Release Date

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Neill Blomkamp’s new film Chappie has been given a release date. The robot gangster film will hit theaters on March 27, 2015. Blomkamp, most recently directed the sci-fi film Elysium starring Matt Damon. He will direct Chappie from a script he co-wrote with Terri Tatchell. He’ll also produce with Simon Kinberg.

Chappie is about a robot with artificial intelligence who is stolen by local gangsters. Sharlto Copley will voice Chappie, while rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser will voice the two gangsters.

Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC are co-producing and co-financing the film. Production is scheduled to begin this fall.

Fox’s animated picture The Penguins of Madagascar is also currently slated for release on March 27, 2015.

Elysium, starring Damon and Jodie Foster, opened at No. 1 in the United States and also held the top spot in Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, and the Ukraine. Blomkamp wrote, directed, and produced, Elysium.

Blomkamp’s first feature film, District 9, was also released by Sony and took in more than $200 million worldwide and earned four Oscar nominations, including best picture.

In 2009 Time named Blompkamp one of the 100 Most Influential People. Chappie is based on Blomkamp’s short Tetra Vaal. Chappie expands on his concepts explored in his 2003 short film that he also directed. A link to his short can be found here. Similarly his 2006 short film Alive in Joberg formed the genesis of District 9.

Blomkamp is from South Africa. It should be noted that Ninja and Yolandi Visser (Vi$$er) are members of the South African group Die Antwood and have collaborated with Blomkamp before.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

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