Neill Blomkamp Already Working on His Next Sci-Fi Comedy 'Chappie'
This isn't a major update, as we're still waiting patiently for the trailer to Neill Blomkamp's second feature, Elysium, but it's a reminder and interesting news about one of our very favorite sci-fi filmmakers. Neill Blomkamp is based out of Vancouver, and has been finishing up Elysium there, but is already preparing his next feature Chappie, set to start right away. British Columbia paper The Province (via The Playlist) posted an article about a recent correspondence with Blomkamp, where he mentions that Elysium is done and waiting (due to the release date shift from March to August) while he's already working on his next film.
There are only a few new quotes from Blomkamp, and not much new info at all. First, Neill comments on the state of Elysium at this particular moment (since it was originally scheduled to be released in March): "It's kind of weird that it sits on a shelf and doesn't come out until August 9th but I think a summer release is fantastic for the film." Great to hear. We'll let you know when the first trailer hits, probably sometime in March. "Elysium is basically done at the end of February," Blomkamp says. "I have some straggling VFX shots that go into April but it's almost done. The stuff looks absolutely amazing." Can't wait to see some.
But what about his other film, Chappie? We first heard about it in 2011, as part of Blomkamp's deal with Media Rights Capitol. At the time: "MRC has given Blomkamp a greenlight on his third feature project, currently titled Chappie… will go into production 'immediately after Blomkamp' finishes." Indeed, that's all happening. The Province states "the director has already begun prep work on a third sci-fi feature that will take him back to Johannesburg for principal photography." The script for this was also written by Terri Tatchell, of District 9, and is said to be a science fiction comedy, beyond that we don't know many details.
That's all the news from their post. It's not much, but things are progressing. While we wait the remaining six months until Elysium arrives, Blomkamp may be well into pre-production and close to shooting Chappie (if not already) by the time it hits theaters. We have one badass action sci-fi from Blomkamp this year, and another comedy in the works, too. I couldn't be more excited for the many sci-fi movies in the years to come.