‘Elysium’ Set for IMAX Release August 9

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Briefly: Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 follow-up, Elysium, is getting a lot bigger. The film will be released in IMAX theaters on August 9, to play alongside the standard-def presentation.

This is a digital re-master rather than a presentation featuring footage shot in native IMAX format, so that’s a downside. On the other hand, what we’ve seen of Elysium so far (revisit the trailer here) suggests that Blomkamp has expanded his vision of human sociaety as it could stand many years from now, and the massive scope of IMAX could be a great way to see the vistas of the orbital colony Elysium.

“Neill Blomkamp is the kind of innovative, creative storyteller that moviegoers seek out, and we are thrilled to bring this highly anticipated film to IMAX audiences worldwide,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President IMAX Corp.

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Actor Dev Patel spent much of his feature film debut, Slumdog Millionaire, trying to escape the slums, but for his next role he may head back into them. The British actor has entered early talks for Neill Blomkamp‘s sci-fi comedy Chappie. He’d play the human lead opposite Blomkamp’s District 9 and Elysium star Sharlto Copley, who’s been attached to play a robot for months. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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We’ve seen most of the big summer fare for 2013, with Pacific Rim and The Wolverine as two of the last big forces yet to be deployed by studios. But then there’s Neill Blomkamp’s second film, Elysium, which hits in August. The sci-fi picture stars Matt Damon as a guy who has just five days to live, who attempts to gain access to an orbital colony for the rich, where health care is more advanced than what can be found on the squalid Earth below.

Blomkamp makes films that look big, but his first, District 9, had more bite and backbone than is typical for a studio summer tentpole. There’s reason, from what we’ve seen so far, to expect the same from Elysium. If the long trailer Sony recently released seemed like more than you wanted to see, here’s a shortened version. It gets the same general idea across, only without lingering on some of the details. Read More »

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No moviegoer walks into a theater excited about all the brands they’re about to see featured onscreen, but when a typical tentpole budget falls in the nine-figure range, product placement is a necessary evil. And sometimes, “evil” really seems like the best word to describe it — there’s nothing more obnoxious than a film that stops in its tracks so the hero can extol the virtues of a certain soft drink.

But Neill Blomkamp is hoping that the judicious use of product placement in Elysium will actually enhance the movie instead of taking away from it. Rather than simply tossing in any company that’d fork over the dough, Blomkamp went to pains to find brands that fit into his futuristic world. Read more about which companies he chose and why after the jump.

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Here’s the Elysium trailer you’ve been waiting for. This one shows more of District 9 director Neill Blomkamp‘s vision of a crappy everyday life on Earth, as a character played by Matt Damon tries to deal with the automated law enforcement of the trashed planet.

The trailer sets up a lot more of the first act, showing the accident that leaves Damon’s character in critical condition, and establishes the deal that leads him to Elysium, where the wealthy and powerful reside. We don’t get to know too much about the Elysium leader played by Jodie Foster, but we see a lot of action leading up to her role in the movie, and quite a bit of her stalking about. Despite the 3-minute length, this trailer doesn’t seem to give too much away.

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Neill Blmokamp has been done with his second feature film, Elysium, for a while. We had to wait to see it as Sony decided August was a better release window than March. So on August 9 we’ll get a look at the film that casts Matt Damon as a desperate member of the economic underclass who invades Elysium, the orbital society of the wealthy.

In the meantime, the writer/director is already at work on his third feature, Chappie. The film, which features Sharlto Copley in a lead role, is described as a strange sci-fi comedy with a “ridiculous robot character,” but we haven’t known much more about it. Now  we know that Chappie will expand upon Blomkamp’s 2003 short film Tetra Vaal. See that short and get some new Chappie info below, along with a new TV spot for Elysium. Read More »

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Briefly: District 9 and Elysium writer/director Neill Blomkamp is going three for three with Sharlto Copley. The actor played the lead in Blomkamp’s first feature, and wear’s a villain’s scuzzy beard in his second (seen above). And now he’ll have a role in the director’s third picture, Chappie, which has enigmatically been described as a sci-fi comedy in an unusual setting. EW says Copley will star in Chappie, but otherwise has as little info to go on as the rest of us. Which is to say, next to none.

You might wonder just how strange Chappie will get. We’re still waiting on confirmation that Die Antwoord members Ninja and Yo-landi Vi$$er will be in the film, as reported not long ago in a South African news item. If those two really do end up in the film, we’ll start mental preparations to see Blomkamp’s most eccentric film yet.

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Neill Blomkamp‘s second film, Elysium, has been done for a while. Originally set for release in March of this year, the film was pushed back to August, reportedly so that Sony could take advantage of a better release window.

While we don’t know much more about the reasons for the delay, we do know that the footage from the film looks great. We saw a presentation at Comic Con 2012, and the same footage was shown off by Sony yesterday, along with the trailer. Now we can show you that trailer, which sets up both a trashed, dirty, slum-like Earth, and Elysium, the shiny orbital colony in which the wealthy reside. Matt Damon plays a wounded man whose ticket to potential salvation on Elysium is bound up in a contract that makes him an enemy of the rich and powerful.

Just that info about the setup lets you know that some of Blomkamp’s socio-political concerns recur from his debut District 9. While this trailer probably doesn’t show off the full scope of the film’s action — you’ll barely even see Sharlto Copley, as the bearded antagonist — it will definitely let you know what the film looks like. Read More »

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