‘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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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.

Check out the footage below. Read More »

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The indie Europa Report features Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) and Michael Nyqvist (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) as members of a crew in space. The film has been fairly under the radar until now, with only a couple images, a poster, and some teaser footage to give us an idea of what to expect.

Now a trailer introduces the crew that is making a voyage to Jupiter’s moon Europa, and starts to give away glimpses of just how things go wrong as the crew is millions of miles from Earth. The found-footage aesthetic appears to be used to good effect, and there’s a final shot in this trailer that is just chilling — just as much so as anything in the trailer for Gravity. Europa Report has also been said to be very quiet and low-key, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find that this trailer makes the film look like a more conventional bit of found-footage horror in order to get audiences into the theaters. Read More »

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Later this summer Sharlto Copley will go into space thanks to Neill Blomkamp and the film Elysium. Before that, however, he has another sci-fi offering: the much more low-key Europa Report. The film follows a six-person team on their three-year journey to Jupiter’s moon Europa, and in an early report on the film io9 calls it “the most painstakingly accurate space movie we’ve seen in ages.”

We haven’t seen much from the film at this point apart from a quiet teaser, but now there’s a new poster and a bit more info on the film thanks to the report mentioned above. 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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Spike Lee‘s new version of Oldboy, drawn from both the Park Chan-wook film and the manga that inspired it, is getting closer to release, with a date planned for this fall, but it remains more or less a mystery. Sure, we know the basics: that Josh Brolin plays a guy kidnapped off the street one night and held in a strange prison for many years. Unceremoniously released, he sets out on the trail of the person responsible for his ordeal, and finds surprises as well as the culprit.

Sharlto Copley (District 9) plays a big role, as does Elizabeth Olsen. We don’t have any footage to show you, but we do have a teaser poster. In addition to that, there’s an early report out of a test screening that was held not long ago.  Read More »

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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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