Columbia Pictures announced today that Sony and MRC have agreed to co-produce and co-finance Chappie, the next feature project from Elysium director Neill Blomkamp. Additionally, we've picked up a few more details on the upcoming film.
Earlier this summer, we learned that Chappie is a sci-fi comedy featuring a "ridiculous robot" with an "unusual setting" and that the idea is based on Blomkamp's 2003 short film Tetra Vaal (embedded below). Now, we have an official logline for the pic: "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."
District 9 and Elysium's Sharlto Copley is set to star in this film as the voice of Chappie, with Ninja and Yolandi Visser, from the South African rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, as the two gangsters.