Briefly: The latest move in the great Battle For March 2013 Release Dates is this: after Disney dated Oz: The Great and Powerful for March 8, 2013, Sony has responded by shifting Elysium up one week to March 1. Neill Blomkamp‘s second film had already been sitting on that March 8 date, but Sony is evidently keen on a March date for the sci-fi film that will star Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Jodie Foster and Wagner Moura.
We still don’t know too much about Elysium other than the fact that it is an R-rated tale set roughly 100 years in the future and will feature some of the same combination of sci-fi action and social commentary that characterized District 9. Jodie Foster plays a head of state on an alien planet, and ‘futurist’ Syd Mead is designing some elements for the shoot that is taking place in Vancouver and Mexico City. [ComingSoon]
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District 9 director Neill Blomkamp continues to do things his way, and more power to him for it. That means that the production of his next film, Elysium, has been kept very much under wraps, with only the barest plot details divulged. In fact, in recent weeks, we couldn’t even really give a synopsis of the film; at best we could point to some pretty broad statements about the film that Mr. Blomkamp made over the past eighteen months.
We know that Matt Damon is in the film, as is District 9 star Sharlto Copley. Wagner Moura (Elite Squad) will play the villain. Jodie Foster was cast as well, seemingly in a smaller part, and now we’ve got some actual detail on her role. Read More »
Variety is reporting that character actor William Fichtner is in final talks to join District 9 director Neill Blomkamp‘s second feature Elysium. Fichtner will join Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley and Wagner Moura. The actor is probably best known for his television roles: Alex Mahone on Prison Break, Sheriff Tom Underlay on Invasion and Phil Yagoda on Entourage. Fichtner has also appeared in many films, including Heat, Contact, Armageddon, Go, Pearl Harbor, CrashThe Longest Yard, The Dark Knight (as the Bank Manager), Date Night and Drive Angry 3D.
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Jodie Foster has been in the news all week thanks to the SXSW premiere of her film The Beaver, which stars Mel Gibson as a guy who, shall we say, loses his way before finding it again with the help of a hand puppet. (Peter was not a fan.) How do you follow a movie with as much rubbernecking public interest as The Beaver, which marks Mel Gibson’s return to the screen after a very public meltdown in 2010? How about with a sci-fi thriller? Jodie Foster has one in the script stage, and would like to direct it. Read More »
Wagner Moura, the star of the popular Brazilian crime thrillers The Elite Squad and The Elite Squad 2, has signed on to play the villain in District 9 director Neill Blomkamp‘s second feature Elysium. Moura joins Jodie Foster, Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley.
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Jodie Foster is working for Roman Polanski right now, acting in his new film God of Carnage, and it has been widely assumed that she’ll be one of the primary stars of Neill Blomkamp‘s second feature, Elysium, alongside Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley. But now the actress says that the deal isn’t quite set, which leads us to wonder if she’s moving away from the role, or if contracts are just taking some time. Read More »
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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 »