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Neill Blomkamp's Next Project, A.I. Robot Film 'Chappie,' To Be Produced by Sony

Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC will be co-producing Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie," the director's follow-up to this past weekend's "Elysium." The script, written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, centers on an Artificial Intelligence robot, named Chappie, stolen by a duo of gangsters who plan to use it for their own corrupt purposes.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 13, 2013 2:15 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'Elysium' Gives Sony First Number One Film Since 'Evil Dead'

Four new films opened this August weekend to overall decent if not sensational results, and several long-running performers yielded a top 10 slightly ahead of last year ($149 million vs. $129 million), bringing the year-to-date total about even with 2012. But four new films before marketing boasted production costs of $300 million; budgets increased dramatically. So far the summer has yielded six flops. Sony's "Elysium" led the way at the weekend box office with $30 million, which was slightly below expectations for acclaimed young "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 10, 2013 5:03 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Neill Blomkamp Talks 'Elysium,' Sci-Fi, VFX (TRAILER)

"Elysium" director Neill Blomkamp discusses going more commercial and the have and have nots of his movies and the VFX industry.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 6, 2013 2:21 PM
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First-Time Feature Composer Ryan Amon Scores Neill Blomkamp's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Elysium'

The email was unexpected and short--a single sentence: "Is this you?"--with a YouTube link and a signature from a name Ryan Amon didn't recognize: Neill Blomkamp. "It's a little bit embarrassing," Amon says of his first reaction to the message: "I had to Google his name!" When he did so, of course, he found the up-and-coming South African-born director who had catapulted to international acclaim with his 2009 film "District 9."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 5, 2013 6:29 AM
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Review and Roundup: Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium,' Starring Damon, Absorbing Sci-Fi with Heavy-Handed Message UPDATE

South African writer-director Neill Blomkamp had a tall mountain to climb with his follow-up to low-budget Best Picture Oscar contender "District 9," which scored $215 million worldwide. Ever since the indie pick-up put Blomkamp on the map as an original filmmaker with an extraordinary command over VFX, film fans have eagerly awaited his next. Sony primed the pump for his $90 million sci-fi thriller "Elysium" (August 9) at Comic-Con last year, where Hall H exploded over seven minutes of early footage.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2013 2:41 PM
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WATCH: Matt Damon Does Droid Battle in New Clip from 'Elysium'

Check out this new clip from Neill Blomkamp's futuristic sci-fi entry "Elysium," starring Matt Damon as a terminally ill man who hatches a plan to break into the wealthy, illness-free satellite society of the title. In the clip, Damon faces off against droids owned by William Fichtner (most recently seen as another enjoyable baddie in "The Lone Ranger").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 26, 2013 12:52 PM
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Damon, Foster and Blomkamp Talk Upcoming Original Sci-Fi Entry 'Elysium' in New EW (VIDEO)

In this week's edition of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands July 26), director Neill Blomkamp and stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster talk upcoming original sci-fi entry "Elysium," hitting theaters August 9. Blomkamp discusses the pressures of making his first big-budget tentpole, while Damon and Foster describe their first impressions of the director.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 25, 2013 12:18 PM
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WATCH: Matt Damon Ratchets Up the Badass Charm in New 'Elysium' Trailer

The second trailer for Neill Blomkamp's spectacular-looking sci-fi entry "Elysium" (August 8) has arrived. This one plays up Matt Damon's innate likability -- in the film he stars as an illness-stricken everyman who reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission against the wealthy Elysium metropolis' head secretary of state (Jodie Foster). Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 14, 2013 1:48 PM
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Immersed in Movies UPDATE: 'Elysium' Trailer Lands, Plus Previewing Blomkamp's Dystopian Sci-Fi Film

At a Comic-Con-style presentation this morning at The Grove, we finally caught a glimpse of Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium," the ambitious sci-fi follow-up to his acclaimed indie hit, "District 9," which opens August 9. The trailer (watch below) and additional 10 minutes of socially-conscious, high-octane action didn't disappoint.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 10, 2013 12:39 PM
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Comic-Con Flips Over 'Elysium' Footage; Damon, Foster, Copley and Blomkamp Talk (EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS)

Ever since indie "District 9" put South African writer-director Neill Blomkamp on the map as an original filmmaker with an extraordinary command over VFX, film fans have eagerly awaited his next. I remember when Sony introduced the now iconic poster-campaign for the low-budget sci-fi thriller at Comic-Con 2009...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 14, 2012 1:45 AM
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