I haven’t seen Elysium yet, though I’ve spoken to a number of trusted friends who have really disliked it. On the other hand, Mr. Disgusting and a few others are championing it – so at some point I’ll have to see the thing and decide for myself. Right now it’s trending to be a VOD rental for me.
It performed decently at the Box Office this weekend, so today there’s press release for writer/director Neill Blomkamp‘s new film, Chappie, which will be a co-production between Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC. Sounds normal enough, but the synopsis is out of its mind. “Chappie tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. The film will star Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, with Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, as the two gangsters.”
You read that right. Blomkamp regular Sharlto Copley plays the voice of the robot (this feels a lot like a “dystopian” Short Circuit 2) and Die Antwoord (Ninja and Yolandi Visser) play the gangsters.
Blomkamp co-wrote the film with Terri Tatchell (District 9). Elysium co-writer Simon Kinberg is producing and the film will be marketed and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.