Chappie (stylized as CHAPPiE) is a 2015 American science fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp. The screenplay, written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, is based on Blomkamp's 2004 short film Tetra Vaal. The film stars Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, and Watkin Tudor Jones (Ninja) and Yolandi Visser of the South African zef rap-rave group Die Antwoord. The film, set and shot inJohannesburg, is about an artificially intelligent law enforcement robot captured and taught by gangsters, who nickname it Chappie. Chappie was produced and distributed by US-based companies and is classified as an American film. It premiered in New York City on March 4, 2015, and was released in U.S. cinemas on March 6, 2015. The film grossed $102 million worldwide against a $49 million budget. At the review aggregators, Rotten Tomatoes rated it 31%, and Metacritic rated it 41/100.