Chappie, the star of the 2015 dystopian sci-fi flick by the same name, is a robot whose aesthetic fits in well among the heroes of Apex Legends. Fans of both have casually suggested South Africa’s robocop should join the game, and a very important person now agrees: the film’s director.
Lotta people asking me this. I am down yes https://t.co/Njtt5askmW— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) February 16, 2019
Moreover, Neill Blomkamp already has a relationship with some of the folks involved — albeit on the publishing side. He just got done doing a piece of live-action eye candy for Anthem. So that leaves Respawn Entertainment. How does its founder and boss feel about the whole shebang?
I am also down.— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) February 16, 2019
Well, that settles that! Of course, it never really is that simple, is it. Chappie premiered in 2015, had three different production houses behind it and was distributed by Sony’s Columbia Pictures. Who knows who owns what as far as licensing the character for other appearances, whether that’s to open a grocery store or join a battle royale.
But at least the key creative folks are keen on the idea, and it reminds me of one of the weirdest why-nots that actually panned out. Back in 2012, some fans leaned on Neal Holman, the producer of FX’s Archer, to license the show for a table in Zen Studios’ Pinball FX suite. Holman did the same thing Blomkamp did with his Twitter, and got a similar affirmative from Zen on its. Not only did we get an Archer pinball table three years later, Fox threw in Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad to make it a suite of four.
So, stranger things have come together. Keep hope alive, Apex Legends fans and Chappie chaps.