Briefly: Originally, Neill Blomkamp‘s second film, Elysium, was going to be released next month. That date was pushed to August 9, which means that by the time we see Matt Damon trying to escape the nightmarishly impoverished surface of the Earth, the director will already be well into work on his third film.

The new project, as we’ve known, is Chappie, a sci-fi comedy. Blomkamp told The Province (via The Playlist) that he’s starting to prep the movie now, and that he’ll shoot it in Johannesburg, and do post-production in Vancouver. Read More »

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For my money, the best thing to hit a panel at Comic Con this year was Elysium, the new sci-fi film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. The film doesn’t open until March 2013; hell, we probably won’t even see a full trailer for a couple months.

But the question has already come up: what will the director do next? There are those who want to see another film set in the world of District 9, which is something that has been mentioned as a possibility, at least eventually.

That’s not where Blomkamp is heading in the days after Elysium, however. He wants to make something funny. Read More »

Well, that didn’t take long. It was just hours ago that we mentioned that Elysium, the second feature from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, had gone out to studios to find a distribution partner. And he quickly found one. Media Rights Capital put together a deal with Sony to distribute the film worldwide. That’s the studio that took a chance and scored big with District 9.

But wait, there’s more. MRC also put together a more long-term deal with the director, and he’s already got a follow-up project penciled in to make after Elysium. Details on that after the break. Read More »

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