Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


Chappie director says response to flop was 'unbelievably painful'

Neill Blomkamp still feels bad about the negative reception

Posted on

Columbia Pictures/Everett Collection

Just a few years ago, coming off the unexpected breakthrough success of District 9, Neill Blomkamp seemed like one of the hottest young directors in Hollywood. Unfortunately, some of his recent movies haven’t fared as well. For instance, 2015’s Chappie stumbled at the box office and inspired mostly negative reviews; EW called it “dull” in a C review. Now, in a new interview with Den of Geek, Blomkamp said he took those criticisms hard.

“Chappie was unbelievably painful for me,” Blomkamp said. “That was difficult on several levels. But the thing with Chappie was, it felt like it was extremely close to the film I had in my head. Up until the film came out, I felt like I had given my all, and that I’d tried my hardest to make the film I had in my head, and I felt like I achieved that.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Blomkamp adds that negative reception of Chappie “definitely hurt several parts of my career, I think.” Earlier this week, in an interview with The Verge, Blomkamp confirmed that his long-awaited Alien sequel is “totally dead.”