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A Robot Comes Of Age And Gets Firebombed In This Chappie Trailer

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After District 9, South African director Neill Blomkamp stumbled with his sophomore picture, Elysium. You’ll notice something in all the marketing for his next film, Chappie, including this new trailer, it only ever notes his first outing. His next offering looks promising, and though there are some aesthetic similarities, this is markedly different from his previous work.

Voiced by frequent Blomkamp collaborator Sharlto Copley, Chappie revolves around the titular robot “born” into a South African slum, and it looks to add a sci-fi twist to your typical coming of age story. Created by Dev Patel’s character, Chappie is a machine that can think and feel (there’s also a sweet RoboCop POV nod in this trailer), and he has all of the standard learning-the-world growing pains everyone else has, which are all accentuated because he’s mechanical.

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Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie Plays With Blocks In This Poster, First Trailer Drops Soon

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ChappieWith features District 9 and Elysium under his belt, Neill Blomkamp is one of the rising young visionary directors in science fiction (even if his last outing did leave some flat, it’s a gorgeous picture to look at). Using the genre as social allegory is key to his approach and aesthetic, and that’s sure to figure into his next film, Chappie. Now we’ve got a banner poster, a one sheet that gives us our best look at the title robot, and be sure to stay tuned tomorrow, as the first trailer is slated to drop into our laps.

Tonally, Chappie is going to be something of a departure for Blomkamp. His previous two films are both rather serious affairs, but his next reportedly has more of a comedic streak, though it is still sure to feature much of the director’s celebrated action chops. Just expect more laughs, which, aside from some moments with Sharlto Copley in District 9, haven’t figured very prominently in his body of work.

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Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie Reveals Poster Art At Comic-Con

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ChappieNeill Blomkamp established himself as one of the most exciting new filmmaking talents working in science fiction back in 2009 with his directorial debut District 9. While his follow up, the thinly veiled social allegory Elysium, missed the mark for many fans and critics, it is still a stunning movie to look at, and didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for his work in any serious way. We’re still pretty excited to see what he does next, which just so happens to be the robotic adventure Chappie, and a new poster and some photos have hit the airwaves.

The film isn’t going to have any scheduled presence at San Diego Comic-Con this week, but Sony Pictures isn’t going to pass up an opportunity like this to hype up their film and get the ball rolling in the buzz department. They’ve released this poster that shows the title character, the robot Chappie, scrawling some graffiti on the wall. You’ll notice the childlike nature of his attempts at art, which has to do with the main plot of the film.

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Halo Circles Back Around — The Life And Death Of Halo: The Movie

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HaloHalo gamers and sci-fi fans in general had reason to perk up this past May when it was announced that Steven Spielberg was producing a live-action series based on the video-game franchise for Microsoft’s Xbox Live service. It was another shot across the bow of traditional networks, and an excellent consolation prize for everybody who was still cheesed off that the Neill Blomkamp-directed Halo movie never came to fruition. Well, this past week Latino Review broke rumors that Blomkamp might be revisiting the one that got away, possibly directing the new Halo pilot. But with the prospect of finally seeing Halo come to the small screen, it’s worth looking back at the big-screen outing we almost got.

On the face of it, a Halo movie makes perfect sense. Even knowing how tricky it can be to translate a video-game narrative into a film, it’s kind of stunning that we haven’t gotten a Halo movie yet. Not even a bad one (and let’s face it, video-game movies don’t have a great track record). After all, we’ve seen properties with far less big-screen potential get pushed through the system, and very few of them have anything close to the ridiculous success of the Halo games behind them. The most recent installment, Halo 4, made $220 million on its first day of release. It came out in November 2012, and by December 6 it had sold around four million copies. This is exactly the sort of IP that gives Hollywood executives wet dreams. Microsoft is now hard at work on Halo 5.

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Neill Blomkamp Could Direct The Steven Spielberg Produced Halo Pilot

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HALOLast May the news came out that we are going to get a live-action Halo series for Microsoft’s new Xbox One game console. None other than Steven Spielberg was on board to produce, but in the intervening months, we haven’t heard much about the project. The games still seem as popular as ever among those folks who are into such things, though I kind of forgot about the whole deal, at least until today. Not only is the series still happening, but it may have landed a big name to direct the pilot. Reports, okay, a report has come out saying that District 9 and Elysium helmer Neill Blomkamp could be the man for the job.

According to Latino Review’s usually well-placed sources, Blomkamp could very well take the reins on the initial installment. If this does come to pass, this won’t be the South African director’s first Halo rodeo. In 2007 he directed a series of short films based on the game, and fans immediately started salivating. This is two years before he caught everyone’s attention with his feature debut, the apartheid-parable District 9.

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Elysium Infiltrates Blu-Ray This December

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Elysium2013 was a good year for science fiction on the big screen, in quantity if not always in quality. Going into the year we had a ton to look forward to. Remember all the contenders we were cautiously optimistic about back at the beginning of the year? Oblivion, After Earth, Pacific Rim, Star Trek Into Darkness, RIddick, The World’s End, Europa Report, Gravity…there was a lot to look forward to. Some were better than we dared hope. Some were just as bad as we expected. Some were exactly what we wanted them to be. And some we’re all still yelling about. Elysium fell somewhere in the middle of the extremes, an entertaining flick that didn’t live up to its predecessor, District 9. If you skipped it in theaters, you won’t have to wait much longer — it’s hitting Blu-ray and DVD on December 17.

Set in the year 2154, Elysium presents a sharply divided vision of the future. The wealthy live a life of privilege, free from illness and infirmity aboard the titular orbiting space station. The rest of us live in squalid, miserable poverty on the wasted, overpopulated husk of Earth. Matt Damon plays Max, a worker who is receives a fatal dose of radiation during an on-the-job accident. He could easily be cured on Elysium, if only he could get there. Out of desperation, he agrees to take part in a dangerous mission to infiltrate the station and tear down the metaphorical walls that separate the haves from the have-nots.