Watch the Short Film That Inspired Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie'

Watch the Short Film That Inspired Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie'

Nov 05, 2014

Tetra Vaal short filmDistrict 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp is keeping the details surrounding his new film Chappie pretty close to the vest. All we really know so far is that Die Antwoord is involved, and that it’s basically a comedy about a ridiculous robot.

The filmmaker has offered up one more piece of the puzzle this week, revealing that his short film Tetra Vaal served as a key inspiration for the new feature. Blomkamp offered up this hint in a recent Den of Geek interview, saying that Chappie is “basically based on Tetra Vaal.”

So, what is Tetra Vaal? It’s a short Blomkamp made before Alive in Joburg (which was the inspiration for District 9) that looks like a promo video for a line of robotic cops to police third world countries. Like Blomkamp’s other short, it has a very distinctive style – something that makes it readily identifiable to fans of his body of work.

It’s hard to get a feel for how Blomkamp might take this video and make it hilarious, but if you’re wondering what Chappie might look like, this is about the best hint you’re going to get until he actually starts releasing trailers.

Have a look at the trailer below and let us know what you think. Can you see this short morphing into a feature film? Can you see it as a straight comedy? Let us know in the comment section.

[via io9]




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