Deadline has confirmed that Neill Blomkamp’s second film will be an original sci-fi feature titled Elysium, and that it will star Sharlto Copley, who played the lead role in Blomkamp’s debut District 9.
There’s not much else to say here at the moment, other than the fact that Blomkamp is currently trying to choose a distributor for the movie, as well as working out budgets and beginning to look at casting. Apparently “There is a lot of interest from every studio,” which is all well and good, as long as the companies don’t back out at the last minute (as Universal and Fox did with Blomkamp and Peter Jackson’s proposed Halo movie).
An incredibly vague idea of the plot is described by Deadline:
Elysium is Blomkamp’s long-awaited story set in the far future on another planet and, like District 9, is filled with many sociopolitical ideas wrapped up inside a Hollywood action film.
It’s tantalising enough. Interestingly, apparently Blomkamp is including a graphic novel in his presentation of the film. Hopefully that means there are some awesome visuals to get across.
District 9 is one of my absolute favourite movies of recent memory, and while I would like to see a sequel at some point, at the moment I’m happy to see anything Blomkamp has to offer, especially if it’s sci-fi. And more of Copley’s stellar acting will be great to see too.