Those block letters spell out the name of a strange robot who also happens to be the title character in the third film written and directed by South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp (Elysium, District 9). This time, Blomkamp scripted with Terri Tatchell based in part on the director’s own faux commercial Tetra Vaal, embedded below. Sony has kept Chappie mostly locked up in secret over the last year as the picture shot in South Africa, but the first trailer drops tomorrow, Tuesday November 4. In the meantime, check out the robot’s attitude in the Chappie poster below.
The Movie also starts Ninja from Die Antwoord!
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.
New Poster from new movie ‘Chappie’ from Neill Blomkamp:
Neill Blomkamp (born 17 September 1979) is a South African–Canadian film and advertisement director, writer, producer andanimator. Blomkamp employs a documentary-style, hand-held, cinéma vérité technique, blending naturalistic and photo-realisticcomputer-generated effects. He is best known as the co-writer and director of critically acclaimed District 9 and the science fiction film Elysium and his frequent collaborations with actor Sharlto Copley. He is based out of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Blomkamp was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the age of sixteen he met Sharlto Copley, who had also attended Redhill High School in Johannesburg. Copley provided Blomkamp with the use of computers at his production company, for Blomkamp to pursue his passion and talent for 3D animation and design – in return, Blomkamp assisted Copley in creating 3D work for pitches on various projects. Blomkamp was 18 when he moved to Vancouver with his family, where he enrolled in Vancouver Film School. He was hired to illustrate photo-real future aircraft for Popular Science‘s “Next century in Aviation” in 2003, and in 2004 he illustrated “The Future of the Automobile”. Blomkamp worked as a visual effects artist at The Embassy Visual Effects in Vancouver as well as at Rainmaker Digital Effects, and was signed by Toronto commercial house Spy Films.
Blomkamp directed a trilogy of live-action short films in 2007, known collectively as Landfall. They were set in the Halo universe, to promote the release of Halo 3.
Blomkamp was then slated to direct his first feature-length film, an adaptation of the Halo series of video games, produced by Peter Jackson. Jackson came to know of Blomkamp after viewing a reel of his commercial work and shorts, shot in his off time. The four shorts that got him noticed included: Tetra Vaal, a faux advertisement for a third-world robotic police that established Neill Blomkamp’s signature style of mixing lo-fi production with seamless CGI; Alive in Joburg, a gritty “documentary” about extraterrestrials marooned in Johannesburg; Tempbot, an Office Space-esque spoof; and Yellow, a short film based on the colour yellow for Adidas’ “Adicolor” campaign by digital studio IDEALOGUE, which portrays a globe-trotting android gone rogue.
Blomkamp has admitted since that the Halo pre-production was a nightmare, and relations between 20th Century Fox and Blomkamp severely disintegrated before the project’s end. When funding for the Halo film collapsed, Peter Jackson decided to produce District 9 instead, an adaptation of Blomkamp’s earlier short film Alive in Joburg, which had been produced by Hansen and Copley. The film, directed by Blomkamp, starring Copley, and co-written with Blomkamp’s wife and production partner Terri Tatchell, was released in mid-August 2009 to widespread critical acclaim. District 9 was later nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture, along with nominations for Best Visual Effects, Editing, and Adapted Screenplay.
On October 2010 a video released on the iPad version of Wired Magazine was credited to Neill Blomkamp. It shows an amateur recording of two young men who find a dead mutated creature in a puddle of mud while driving down a countryside road. The creature, a dog-sized mix between a pig and a lizard, presents a tattooed seal on its side that reads “18.12 AGM Heartland Pat. Pend. USA”. Also, “AGM Heartland” was trademarked for its use in an entertainment-oriented website. On 20 February 2012, a 23 second video clip titled “IS IT DEAD?” appeared on YouTube, featuring Yolandi Visser, of the South African group Die Antwoord, crouching over the creature.
Blomkamp admitted that he was still interested in making a Halo film in April 2013.
After Elysium he started work on his next comedy sci-fi film Chappie, in April 2013. The film is based on his own short, Tetra Vaal. Blomkamp will direct the film and Sony Pictures Entertainment (TriStar Pictures) and Media Rights Capital will co-produce and co-finance the film announced on August 13, 2013.
New Poster from new movie ‘Chappie’ from Neill Blomkamp (updated) TRAILER!