Set up at Sony Pictures, Chappie will feature a script by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell. Blomkamp will also direct and will produce the film with Simon Kinberg.
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.
Blomkamp’s Elysium, starring Matt Damon, is playing in theaters now.