Producer Simon Kinberg Talks Neill Blomkamp’s CHAPPIE; Says It’s the Most Provocative Studio Movie You’ll Likey Ever See

     April 25, 2014


Even though I was letdown by Neill Blomkamp‘s recent film, Elysium, I still think District 9 is one of the best sci-fi films of the last ten years, and he’s a filmmaker worth watching.  His next movie is Chappie, tells the story of a robot (voiced by Sharlto Copley) imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes.  Die Antwoord frontmen Ninja and Yolandi Visser play the gangsters, and Hugh Jackman co-stars as a CEO who gets on their bad side.

While Steve was at WonderCon, he interviewed producer Simon Kinberg, and during their conversation, they briefly talked about the movie.  Hit the jump to check out what Kinberg had to say about Chappie, which also stars Sigourney Weaver, and opens on March 27, 2015.

sharlto copley neill blomkamp chappieKinberg was vague on plot details, but he did provide some exciting words when it came to the tone of the picture:

It’s great.  We finished shooting.  We shot the end of last year and a month of this year with Hugh Jackman, who’s in the movie.  His portion shot this year in Johannesburg.  It’s Hugh Jackman, it’s Sharlto Copley, it’s Die Antwoord, the rap group.  And it is, honestly, I would say the most original, unique, wild, provocative studio movie you will likely ever see.  It’s like Neill let loose.  It’s a real neat film.

chappie-neill-blomkamp-simon-kinbergTo say it’s “the most original, unique, wild, provocative studio movie you will likely ever see,” is a pretty high bar, but we’ve seen movies reach this bar.  And honestly, did anyone expect District 9, a movie from an unknown filmmaker with no stars, to be a massive hit?  Like I said, Blomkamp is a director worth watching.

As for when we might actually get to see the movie, Kinberg wasn’t sure:

I honestly don’t know when the trailer’s going to be.  I know the movie comes out next March, so sometime relatively soon.  They’ve seen a lot of footage as we were shooting.  It’s just cool.  It’s a like a cool, twisted, emotional, completely different film.

District 9 and Elysium both swung by Comic-Con, so fingers crossed we’ll get a look at Chappie when we’re in San Diego.

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