SA’s Blomkamp blows US box office


anne taylorBy Anne Taylor
15 August 2013

South African writer-director Neill Blomkamp blasted on to the scene in 2009 with his sci-fi apartheid parable, District 9. The dystopian movie set in a garnered four Oscar nominations – including Best Picture – and took in more than $200-million. His latest film, Elysium, is currently topping box offices around the world. Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, as well as South African actor Sharlto Copley, as the villain in chief.


“Elysium confirms the talent – for razory mayhem and shocking satire, for the crazed spectacle of future decay – that Blomkamp showcased in his amazing first feature, District 9. I’ve never forgotten that film’s images … In Elysium, Blomkamp comes up with sci-fi conceits that sear themselves into your imagination.” – Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman reviews South African director Neill Blomkamp’s recent box office hit for

Now it’s been announced that Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC have agreed to co-produce and co-finance Blomkamp’s next film, Chappie. According to, Chappie tells the story of a robot with artificial intelligence that is stolen by two gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes.

The film will star 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. Blomkamp will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Terri Tatchell.

Don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait.