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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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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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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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