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While most people who consider themselves a fan of a movie typically celebrate that fanhood with the occasional reference or rewatch, there are others who just feel compelled to try and bring the fictional reality to life. Take, for example, this guy, who was inspired to build Matt Damon's exoskeleton suit from Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi action film Elysium: Ee've seen the world of comic books inspire geeks to create things like Spider-Man web shooters, Iron Man laser gauntlets, and retractable Wolverine claws, but this is obviously a bit different. Long story short: he saw Matt Damon's exoskeleton in Elysium and said to himself, "I can make that." The video above comes from YouTube user The Hacksmith, who has a channel completely packed with videos like the one seen above, featuring the host building all kinds of crazy cool gadgets and devices. While most of the »
The film Automata seems to have come out of nowhere, and it appears to have just the sort of vibe that fans of Neill Blomkamp’s film District 9 will love. Antonio Banderas stars in and produces a story that bears a distinct conceptual influence from Isaac Asimov, but which looks a lot more like Blade […]
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- Russ Fischer
We’ve seen Banderas as a whole host of characters and now he’s delving into lo-fi sci-fi with Automata and it looks all kinds of intriguing!
As originality is difficult to come by, it’s about how you portray your own story in the film world and this one undobutedly has a pinch of Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot alongside any of Neill Blomkamp’s work, plus those movies set in the future with troublesome robots. Even though it’s hard to avoid those similarities, Automata may take a new approach in which the robots are looking after people but also keen to subtly build some form of empirea and whether that’s evil or not, we’ll find out.
Directed by Gabe Ibáñez, it’s 2044 and we’re in the life of Jacq Vaucan (Banderas), who works at Roc Robotics Corporation as an insurance agent. While doing his usual job, »
- Dan Bullock
The high-profile dark fantasy A Monster Calls, from The Impossible director J.A. Bayona, just added Sigourney Weaver to its cast. The Aliens actress joins the already-attached Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones in the adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children’s fantasy novel (which in turn was based on an idea from the late Siobhan Dowd).
The film will focus on a young boy (still uncast) who attempts to deal with bullying at school and his mother’s (Jones) cancer diagnosis by retreating into a fantasy world full of dark and dangerous creatures. When the most fearsome of the creatures (voiced by Neeson) follows the boy back into the real world, the two begin an exchange of stories, with potentially devastating consequences.
Weaver will take on the role of the boy’s grandmother, with whom he is to live once his mother succumbs to the cancer. The character is described as a “no-nonsense” woman. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Gavin Logan looks at which directors could be in line for a Star Wars movie….
It’s now been almost two years since Disney officially acquired LucasFilm and with it the rights to the Star Wars universe. George Lucas said in his statement that he always believed that Star Wars could live beyond him and that the time was right for the torch to be passed to a new generation of filmmakers. First up was J.J. Abrams, fresh off his successful reboot of Star Trek. Abrams, while not exactly young and new to the industry, has a certain Spielberg-esque quality about the way he makes movies and seemed like the perfect fit for relaunching the Star Wars franchise. Once Abrams was nailed down and he and Lawrence Kasdan began reworking Michael Arndt’s script, little or no other details were announced despite incessant rumours flying around the internet. Earlier this »
- Gavin Logan
Simon Kinberg has just about the best and busiest job in Hollywood. He’s the shephard of the entire 20th Century Fox Marvel universe, co-writing and producing all the new X-Men movies. He co-wrote Fantastic Four. He’s developing other films at the studio, such as Magic the Gathering and The Martian. He’s a producer on Neill Blomkamp’s […]
- Germain Lussier
EuropaCorp’s Transporter trilogy truly marked the arrival of Jason Statham as a bona fide action star, and now the franchise is getting a reboot – albeit without Statham. However, The Transporter Legacy, as the fourth film in the series has recently been titled, may launch a new actor to action stardom.
Ed Skrein, known for playing Daario Naharis on HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, will be taking on the role of Frank Martin, who is called The Transporter because he’s the best driver and mercenary money can buy. In The Transporter Legacy, Frank meets Anna (Loan Chabanol), the leader of a group of criminals. The pair team up and attempt to take down a group of ruthless Russian human traffickers who have also kidnapped Frank’s father (to be played by “a prominent thesp”).
- Isaac Feldberg
After two movies filled with massive sci-fi action, it seems Neill Blomkamp is going a bit more emotional for his latest film. Sony very quietly kicked off the marketing campaign for Chappie at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, with a big banner and a window cling handed to fans as they walked by the booth. Most […]
- Germain Lussier
Karlak has been developing a feature length script for Rise at Warner Brothers but the process has been slow so on the side, he's been working on a short version of the Rise film as a way to convince the studio to greenlight the feature. Karlak has relied on friends and favours to independently produce the short and now he needs to raise some funds to complete post-production on the project so he's launched a Kickstarter to raise the remaining $20,000.
Director Neill Blomkamp, the man behind "Elysium" and "District 9," is currently working on a new sci-fi robot movie, called "Chappie," which stars Sharlto Copley (Elysium, District 9) and Hugh Jackman. And today we have a photo of the poster that's hanging at the San Diego Comic-Con. Check it out below. "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. Copley (Elysium, District 9) provides the voice of the title character. The new movie is set to hit theaters on March 6th, 2015. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
Sony Pictures is presenting two of their Summer 2015 releases today, including the studio's adaptation of Scholastic's iconic book series Goosebumps. Jack Black is starring as author R. L. Stine and will be present along with director Rob Letterman. Director Chris Columbus will also have a special video announcement about his upcoming film, Pixels, starring Adam Sandler. Will we also learn more about Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, which is being promoted with a banner at the Con? Follow along with the live blog below! »
For Neill Blomkamp’s next slice of sci-fi freshness, Chappie, he’s tapping into a more comic vein that was evident in either District 9 and Elysium. Both of those have wit and laughs, but at the end of the day there’s only so much levity to be mined from the sight of Matt Damon being drilled into an exosuit. The film has a new poster timed with Comic-Con and it’s a bit of a doozy. The director rolled cameras in Johannesburg at the end of last year, with a cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Brandon Auret, who is voicing the main character. The metallic dude it’s named for is shaping up to be the cutest ‘droid since Marvin, albeit in a grungy, lo-fi way.Chappie, penned by Blomkamp and his old District 9 co-writer Terri Tatchell, »
A Facebook page for Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, a sci-fi comedy starring fellow South Africans Ninja and ¥o-Landi Vi$$er of Die Antwoord as themselves and frequent Blomkamp collaborator Sharlto Copley (Wikus in District 9 and Kruger in Elysium) as the titular android Chappie, has gone live and indicates we can expect the film in 2015. Die Antwoord separately posted the first image of Chappie himself. Chappie's local South African cast is fleshed out with some big international names, not least of which are Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, and Dev Patel.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....
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This has promise. The images have a dirty, gritty feel to them, which I expect from Blomkamp, and the premise (from an earlier Sony press release) has me plenty curious:
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. The film will star Sharlto 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.
At any rate, here's some of the images that our Dread crew managed to snap live from the Sdcc '14 floor.
While there's nothing scheduled at Comic Con this year, »
- Matt Serafini
Little Lost Robot Chappie is making his presence well known down at the San Diego convention center, with Comic-Con preview night just hours away from kick-starting this epic event. Yesterday, we got our first look at this artistic prodigy in a banner spotted within the halls of ground zero. Now we get a better look at Chappie to discover he has some nifty graphitti skills and a pretty clear sense of who his family is. From District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, this will serve as his follow up to last year's Elysium.
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.
"He also happens to be a robot." Meet Chappie, a boy kidnapped by criminals who becomes an adopted son of a "strange and dysfunctional family". The first promo banner for Neill Blomkamp's third film, Chappie, has been found inside of the halls of Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego. The Con has been launching grounds for Blomkamp's last two sci-fi creations, Elysium and District 9, and while Sony doesn't have his latest film listed on any panels yet, it will be getting a reveal here as indicated by this banner. It's a very wide promo banner positioned right above the entrance doors, showing the robot drawing child-like sketches on a wall. Sharlto Copley stars as Chappie, joined by Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Dev Patel. Photos below. Here are some of our own photos of the banner on display inside the convention center at Comic-Con 2014: More close-up of the actual »
- Alex Billington
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. Chappie is being directed by Directed By Neill Blomkamp and will star: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, with Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman. The script was written by Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell. »
As Hollywood descends on San Diego and the 2014 Comic-Con International gears up to get underway, the folks at Collider have spotted a banner for Chappie, the upcoming sci-fi from director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium)…
Update: And here’s another poster…
Chappie tells the story of a gifted, one of a kind prodigy who becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family, and happens to be a robot. The film is set for release on March 6th 2015 with Blomkamp directing a cast that includes Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Dev Patel (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Jose Pablo Cantillo (The Walking Dead).
- Gary Collinson
We don’t know very much about Chappie, Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi follow-up to the instant classic District 9 and the somewhat underwhelming Elysium, but Comic-Con is giving us our first look at the movie with an intriguing poster. Collider provided the images, which you can check out below, shooting the dimly lit poster from multiple angles so as to give us the best possible idea of what it looks like.
Chappie centers on a robot with artificial intelligence (played by Sharlto Copley) who is kidnapped by two gangsters. Producer Simon Kinberg has tantalizingly referred to it as “the most provocative studio movie you’ll likely ever see,” though we won’t find out whether that’s actually the case for a little while. The poster is still fascinating, depicting the titular robot drawing a cartoon of his adopted family (doesn’t look like his father is a very nurturing figure though, »
- Isaac Feldberg
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is currently working on his sci-fi film Chappie. The movie doesn't have a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, but that doesn't mean Sony Pictures isn't going to take the opportunity to market the hell out of it and kickstart the buzz! The movie stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley, and Die Antwoord rap-rave duo Ninja and Yolandi Visser.
The story follows a boy who is kidnapped and then adopted by a loving family, who realize he’s a incredibly gifted and smart. There's a catch, though… he’s a robot. You can see the childlike attributes of the robot in the art you see here.
The movie is set for release on March 6th, 2015. I snapped the photos you see here in the elevator of the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.
- Joey Paur
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