Both written and directed by Blomkamp, the new movie is set in a future where all of the world's richest people have moved off of the planet's surface to a space station called Elysium. But while the floating paradise is free of all war, violence and disease, the people that remain on Earth struggle to survive.
The movie stars Damon as Max, a former criminal who lives on the surface of a future Earth where the rich have all moved to a space station in the sky called Elysium. While the 1% leaves a completely peaceful existence free of all violence and disease, the poor and middle classes still living on the planet struggle to survive.
Set in 2159, Elysium is named for a perfect man-made paradise that floats above the ruins of Earth. People still live on Earth's surface, but these are the unlucky forced to exist in an overpopulated, impoverished hell hole overrun by crime and chaos.
In the story, Damon is trying to make his way to Elysium, a community hovering in the stratosphere above our planet after Earth has been decimated by human society. He has been poisoned and needs to find a cure, and uses an exoskeleton to helm get him up to the exclusive community. Copley, meanwhile, is doing what he can to prevent Damon from reaching his destination.
This Friday, Tom Cruise faces the challenges of living on an Earth almost completely abandoned by humanity in Oblivion. In June's After Earth, Will and Jaden Smith play a father-son pair who crash land on Earth, thousands of years after humans have left it. Next year Russell Crowe stars in Darren Aronofsky's retelling of the Noah's Ark tale-- the original disaster movie. Noticing a trend here?
Following yesterday’s footage reveal, Blomkamp, star Sharlto Copley, and producer Simon Kinberg were kind enough to sit down with film journalists, including myself, and discuss the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster, the footage we had seen.
It says a lot about how incredible District 9 was that we're as excited as we are for writer/director Neill Blomkamp's Elysium. The young filmmaker's debut feature was an absolutely stunning mix of blockbuster action, brilliant visual effects, and impressive political parable that launched him on to just about everybody's "must watch filmmakers" lists.
Earlier this afternoon, Blomkamp, star Sharlto Copley, and producer Simon Kinberg (with Matt Damon attending via satellite from Germany) came together at the Arclight Hollywood theater in Los Angeles, California to present a crowd of both fans and journalists with the first look at Elysium, the new sci-fi blockbuster that will be in theaters this August.
Having seen a glimpse of Foster in the Comic Con footage they showed last summer, that is indeed her look-- though of course these on-set snaps, perhaps for the hair and makeup department, don't really capture the intensity of the character on film. I interviewed Foster at Comic Con as well
We reported back at San Diego Comic-Con that Copley’s character was a scene-stealing bad-ass. His task is to hunt down Damon’s character, who is trying to gain access to an elite community that exists off our planet, in the outer atmosphere of Earth.
Neill Blomkamp's Elysium is one of those films that it feels like we've been waiting for forever. The South African filmmaker's follow-up to his phenomenal 2009 hit District 9, the project has been in development since summer 2010 and geared up pre-production in January 2011, but we are still waiting for the movie to actually come out.
Two of the biggest sci-fi movies of 2013 are having their release schedules messed with. Sony has decided to make a few adjustments to their calendar next year and have even gone as far as to boot one of their biggest films off of it. The trade has learned that Elysium, the new movie from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, has shifted from March 1, 2013 to August 9, 2013 and have taken RoboCop and moved it to February 7, 2014.
With all due respect to Total Recall and Looper, which each look fantastic, most of us packed into Hall H for Sony’s panel to get our first official look at Elysium, the anticipated sci-fi thriller from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. The director is bringing Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, producer Simon Kinberg and what we hope is some groundbreaking footage as the Hall H day comes to a close.
Over at the Hard Rock Hotel, also adjacent to the convention center, a mysterious spaceship seems to have crash landed-- a spaceship with ties to Matt Damon, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, and their new movie Elysium. Take a look at it below, and note that it's made by luxury car manufacturer Bugatti, of all things
Set in the not-too-distant future, the film sees the popuation of the world split in two economically. The very wealthy all live in a posh space station (called Elysium) while everyone else is left on the rotting Earth. Obviously, the lower classes don't exactly enjoy the enforced lifestyle and they call on a man named Max (Damon) too lead their revolution. Unfortunately for him, standing in their way is Secretary Rhodes...