Neill Blomkamp Reuniting with Sharlto Copley for Sci-Fi 'Elysium'
Back when they still needed a director for The Hobbit, there was a short-lived rumor that Peter Jackson collaborator and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was in the running. However, when that rumor was debunked, we discovered that he was actually working on another original sci-fi flick called Elysium. Now that Jackson is going back to his past in Middle Earth with The Hobbit, it seems only fitting that Blomkamp is returning to his first success as Deadline reports he will reunite with District 9 star Sharlto Copley for the secretive sci-fi project that's currently being shopped around to studios and "there is a lot of interest."
Of course, Copley found himself launched into stardom after District 9 as he next took a major role in The A-Team alongisde the likes of Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper. In addition, the actor apparently has some sort of role in the upcoming sequel Men in Black 3D. As for Elysium, Copley is one of the few details known of the new project, and he's the only actor cast thus far. Apparently Blomkamp's pitch to studios for the film includes a graphic novel as part of the presentation (which is how Jackson noticed Blomkamp/District 9 to begin with) and the story is set in the far future on another planet. Whatever studio picks up the project is looking for the same success with a film that only cost $30 million to make, but raked in over $210 million in box office worldwide. Personally, I can't wait to see what Blomkamp has up his sleeve. How about you?