Chappie Director Neill Blomkamp Plays Down Talk Of Sequel


Chappie Director Neill Blomkamp Plays Down Talk Of Sequel

For those holding onto any semblance of hope that Neill Blomkamp would get the gang back together for a Chappie sequel, we have some bad news; responding to one fan’s onslaught of questions about a potential follow-up, the South African filmmaker stated in no uncertain terms that Chappie 2 is essentially off the table.

First spotted by the folks at /Film, Blomkamp posted a screenshot to Twitter, revealing that over Thanksgiving weekend his inbox became inundated with requests for Chappie 2. Whether these are the musings of one very, very devoted fan or simply a prankster/troll berating the director on a whim, the verdict remains clear:

Though it’s attracted its defenders through time – one of which being Sigourney Weaver herself – Chappie failed to resonate much with critics or fans, and a meagre box office haul of $102 million capped off a forgettable endeavour for all involved. Following District 9 and Elysium, it’s fair to say that expectations were relativity high going into Blomkamp’s third feature film, but one-note characters and clunky storytelling resulted in a gritty sci-fi feature that became less than the sum of its parts – all big ideas and CGI brilliance riddled with narrative shortcomings, which is a criticism that’s loomed over the director’s output since that monolithic alien ship left Johannesburg’s skyline at the tail-end of District 9.

Looking beyond Chappie, one project that Neill Blomkamp has become attached to is the as-yet-untitled Alien 5. It’s currently languishing on the back-burner at Fox so as to leave the field open for next year’s Alien: Covenant, but all involved remain optimistic that the sequel can kick into gear at some point down the line.

Source: Twitter

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