Comic-Con 2012: 'Elysium' Director Neill Blomkamp Video Interview
by Alex Billington
July 16, 2012
"These cool visuals can be informed by the world we live in." I will fully admit that Neill Blomkamp is one of my favorite filmmakers working today. His visual style, his sci-fi sensibilities, his unique characters and socio-politically tinged stories. He broke out big in 2009 with District 9, now he's back again in 2012 with his second feature film, another original science fiction titled Elysium, starring Matt Damon. Those lucky enough to be inside Hall H on Saturday got a first glimpse of footage, but in the meantime, I met up with Neill for a video interview discussing Elysium, his career, and how he comes up with brilliant sci-fi like this.
Here is my video interview with Elysium director Neill Blomkamp, recorded from Comic-Con 2012:
Note: I was wearing the Isla Nublar Jurassic Park shirt from Last Exit to Nowhere which he pointed out.
Though we haven't really seen too much from Elysium yet, I was glad to talk with him about it anyway, to get our first introduction to his next movie, how he got there, and what we can expect. We recorded in a loud space, my apologies for all of the background noise, best we could do with the spot we were given. Elysium stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley and William Fichtner. Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy lives on a man-made space station while the rest of population reside on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds. There's a new viral and more on the way, we'll keep you updated. Neill Blomkamp's Elysium arrives in theaters March 1st, 2013 next year.
Thank you to Neill for the chat and Sony for coordinating. You can find all of our Comic-Con coverage here.