IMAX Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC announced today that Chappie, the third feature film from visionary director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium), will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released into IMAX theatres domestically on March 6, 2015, following the overseas IMAX launch dates beginning as early as March 4.
Written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, Chappie tells the original story of a precocious robot named Chappie, the first robot with the ability to think and feel for itself. The film stars Sharlto Copley (Maleficent, District 9), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), South African rappers Ninja and ¥o-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, with Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman. Blomkamp produced the film along with Simon Kinberg. Ben Waisbren served as executive producer.
Here's what IMAX CEO Greg Foster had to say in a statement.
"With his previous films District 9 and Elysium, Neill Blomkamp has proven himself to be a talented filmmaker with a unique voice, and we're thrilled to continue our partnership with him and Sony Pictures Entertainment to release Chappie in IMAX theatres worldwide."
The IMAX release of Chappie will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie. For more information about Chappie, visit the film's official website at SonyPictures.com/Chappie.
In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.