Comic-Con 2012: Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' First Footage Video Blog
by Alex Billington
July 14, 2012
Three years ago, South Africans Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley won over Comic-Con with District 9, which went on to become a huge theatrical hit and even earned a Best Picture nomination. Blomkamp and Copley are back again this year with their new movie Elysium, starring primarily Matt Damon along with Jodie Foster and Copley, and it looks awesome. As a huge sci-fi fanatic, I couldn't wait to see our very first glimpse at footage, and Blomkamp brought 7 minutes of raw, unfinished footage to show us. It has the same brilliant but gritty sensibilities as D9, but much bigger in scope and scale and with its own futuristic story.
Following Sony's presentation at Comic-Con 2012 on Friday evening, I met up with my friends Germain, Russ and Peter from SlashFilm to enthusiastically talk about Elysium and all the footage they showed us.
As many know, I closely followed District 9 throughout its two years of development and release, and loved the movie when it finally hit the Con back in 2009. Ever since then I've been a huge fan of Neill Blomkamp and have been anxiously awaiting his follow-up feature, and here it finally is. And it looks like everything I was hoping for and more. Sharlto Copley plays a badass "homeless assassin" villain character, Matt Damon looks fantastic (see his photo) and the action, the world, the visual effects. There's robots that look cool, a huge circular space station (called Elysium) that wasn't finished, but will look great. I cannot wait for this.
Elysium, directed by South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp (of District 9), focuses on Secretary Rhodes (Foster), a hardened government ofﬁcial, who will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. However, that doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds. Sony/Columbia has Elysium scheduled to hit theaters March 1st, 2013 early next year.