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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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Sony held an event today in four cities across the world to launch to buzz for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp‘s new film Elysium. Fans in the four cities were invited to the event through the film’s viral website. Blomkamp, producer Simon Kinberg and co-star Sharlto Copley were in attendance at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood to answer questions.

Star Matt Damon also answered questions from a theater in Germany, with his appearance also simulcast to the other venues. The event was to premiere the first trailer for Elysium, which will be online tomorrow at some point. But the filmmakers also screened a 10-minute sizzle reel of footage from the movie. Get our thoughts on the footage in a video blog we recorded, after the jump.

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When Disney announced they’d be making new Star Wars movies, one person many people thought would be perfect to direct was Neill Blomkamp. The director of District 9 and the upcoming Elysium has already exhibited an incredible talent to make high octane sci-fi action with rich characters and complex themes. Just the kind of stuff that made the original Star Wars movies great.

J.J. Abrams, not Blomkamp, is directing Star Wars Episode VII. Before that was official, however, Abrams said he didn’t think he could direct because ”it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series.” At Monday’s Elysium press event, also attended by Star Wars Episode VII producer and Star Wars spinoff writer, Simon Kinberg, Blomkamp said something incredibly similar.

When asked if he would ever circle back to the two unique worlds he created in District 9 and Elysium, Blomkamp said he has more to explore in the world of District 9, and that’s easy because it’s a world he built. He doesn’t have to answer to anyone. That lead to a tangent about his failed attempt at making Halo and, eventually, the sentiment that there are other “pieces of cinema history” and “iconic characters” he’d like to make films about, but he gets “an allergic reaction” when he “dips his toes” in. But “maybe one day I’ll end up doing something like that.”  And as he was saying that, Kinberg smirked.

A speculative stretch? Absolutely. But the quote, the context, and more simply scream “Star Wars.” Read the full quotes below. Read More »

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Sony is having a little event today for Neill Blomkamp‘s second film, Elysium. That means we might just have a trailer to show you very soon, and at the very least there will be more talk about footage from the film.

Until we get something more, here’s a new poster for the film. As the other stills have done, this focuses on Matt Damon‘s character, and the augmentations made to his body — augmentations that both preserve his life, and may turn him into something like a weapon. Check out the image in full below. [Update: We've added the official poster release. The trailer hits tomorrow.] Read More »

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Elysium has been a movie of great interest since it was announced, thanks simply to the fact that it is the new film from District 9 writer/director Neill Blomkamp. Seeing footage from the film got us more interested in the project, as the picture’s vision of Earth as a rubbish bin is reinforced not only by the gleaming cleanliness of the space station Elysium, but by the weird, cobbled-together tech we see star Matt Damon wearing. That stuff is prolonging his life, but also turning him into a force that threatens Elysium.

That tech is on display in new photos featuring Damon, Wagner Moura, and Alice Braga. We should see more from the film soon, as Sony is starting to ramp up a proper promo campaign for the August release. (Elysium was originally scheduled to be released a couple weeks ago, but pushed to August.)

The trailer will likely make all the actors’ roles more clear — and those of Jodie Foster and Diego Luna as well — but for now gaze at the two new shots below.  Read More »

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Forever and a day has seemingly passed since fans were given their first glimpse at Neill Blomkamp‘s sophomore sci-fi film, Elysium, which stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley in a story about a man (Damon) trying to reach Elysium, an orbital community of the rich and powerful, in order to save his life. That glimpse was at Comic-Con 2012. Soon after that, Sony Pictures bumped the film to August 2013. In the meantime, we’ve seen a few photos here and there but only the lucky few in Hall H at Comic-Con have seen actual footage from the film.

That seems like it’s going to change in the next few days as Sony has kicked off a new viral site for the film. On the site, four locations are revealed (including New York and Los Angeles) to be having “Live Demonstrations” of Elysium “By Appointment Only” with links to a GoFobo page. Sounds like a footage screening to me. Get the links and explore the viral site below. Read More »

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