"Elysium, the upcoming film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, is continuing to gain heat. After casting Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Sharlto Copley, the film is currently being pitched to various studios (with the exception of Disney, which won’t make expensive R-rated movies). Deadline reports that Blomkamp is going from studio to studio with a storyboard presentation. Also, while we knew the story (which is still being kept under wraps) would take place in the distant future and on another plantet, Deadline is reporting that the film takes place 100 years into the future, is “an unabashedly big movie”, and has the same social allegory of District 9.
Hit the jump for more details on Elysium including the hiring of Blade Runner production designer Syd Mead.
Syd Mead, whose credits include not only Blade Runner but also Aliens and TRON, will design the sets for the movie. Mead doesn’t work on a lot of films these days (his only credits in the past decade are Mission to Mars and Mission: Impossible III) , but he was impressed by District 9 and that encouraged him to join Blomkamp’s follow-up.
According to Deadline, the film will begin prep in April and start shooting in Vancouver this July before moving on to shoot in Mexico City in the fall. Elysium is being set up for release in holiday 2012, but the release date decision ultimately falls to whichever studio decides to pick up the project. Considering the talent already on board, I imagine we’ll be announcing a home for Elysium in the very near future."
perhaps a glimpse of what to look forward to: http://vimeo.com/17376932
what I love most about Neill Blomkamp, is that even with one film, he established himself as the ANTI-Christopher Nolan, JJ Abrams, James Cameron, etc, etc. He's single-handedly re-establishing what it means for a film to be a "blockbuster." I really, really cannot wait for this.
Oh! And for those of you that don't know who Syd Mead is, his credits don't only include the set designs and artwork for Blade Runner
, but uh... he also designed stuff that I'm sure you all love:
he designed the Turn A Gundam, the Turn X Gundam, as well as this: http://www.anime.com/Syd_Mead/images/02-gundam.jpg
, and he's also done work on Space Cruiser Yamato.
this is the same guy who influenced the majority of sci-fi anime with his designs from Blade Runner.
Oh, and keep in mind, District 9 featured that kick ass mecha at the end... I wouldn't rule out Blomkamp having Mead doing some mecha work again.Mod Edit (Red): Please don't double post barely an hour apart, use the edit button instead.