New Plot Details Revealed as Production Commences on Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie

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Okay, when I say new plot details, I mean it, as the synopsis given is different from what we’ve seen before…but it’s still not much to go on.  We knew Chappie was a sentient robot but the rest is new:

After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.  The film will star Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Brandon Auret.

Yeah, that’s interesting.  I’m interested to see how the “birth” of a robot is played out, but this sounds like it could be a fun outing.  Knowing how amazing Blomkamp’s other films have turned out, I can’t wait to see more of this one.  Here’s the full press release:

Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC have begun production in Johannesburg, South Africa on Chappie, the next film from writer-director Neill Blomkamp, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio, and MRC.  Chappie is co-produced and co-financed by Sony Pictures and MRC; the film will be marketed and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.

Blomkamp will direct Chappie from a screenplay he has written with Terri Tatchell.  He will also produce the film with Simon Kinberg.  Blomkamp’s latest film with MRC and Sony Pictures, Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, which Blomkamp wrote and directed and also produced with Bill Block and Simon Kinberg, has grossed an estimated $283M worldwide to date.

After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.  The film will star Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Brandon Auret.

Hannah Minghella and Rachel O’Connor will oversee Chappie for Sony; Brye Adler will oversee for Media Rights Capital.

What do you guys think of the new details?  Excited?

-Jordan