Studios approve Blomkamp's weird, robo-gangster Elysium follow-up

With Elysium now out in the wild, director Neill Blomkamp already has his next project lined up — and it sounds like a weird (but potentially awesome) one.

Sony and Media Rights Capital (MRC) have struck a deal to finance Blomkamp’s next film, Chappie, which has become a bit of a passion project for the acclaimed sci-fi director. 

Here’s the plot, via Deadline:

“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."

It’s intriguing, sure, but it’s definitely a weird premise to try and sum up. Plus, if you think Elysium is a bit of a hard sell to the public at large, a story about a sentient robot stolen by gangsters sounds even tougher. Not to say it won’t be awesome — Blomkamp has proven himself a capable filmmaker — it’s just that it might find itself relegated to cult status on his resume.

Regardless, we’re psyched to learn more about Chappie, and here’s hoping Blomkamp keeps cranking out sci-fi movies for years to come. Also, isn’t it about time for all that District 10 talk to ramp back up?

(Via Deadline)

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