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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 13, 2013 at 2:15PM

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.
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Neill Blomkamp and Matt Damon on the set of "Elysium"
Neill Blomkamp and Matt Damon on the set of "Elysium"

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.

Blomkamp muse Sharlto Copley will voice the robot. Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, will play the two gangsters.

Production is expected to begin this fall.

"Elysium," which stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Copley and opened to a decent $30 million this past weekend in the top box-office spot, was Sony's first number one film this year since spring horror remake "Evil Dead." 


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.