Coming in off Collider‘s wires, Neil Blomkamp’s next sci-fi movie Elysium starring Matt Damon, Jodi Foster, and Sharlto Copley, has now got a full synopsis.
Blomkamp is back now, following up his massive success on District 9, literally turning studio thinking on its head about just how much money you need to make a successful summer blockbuster. Taking a $30 million budget into $210 million dollar super-surprise no one saw coming. Not least of all from a 6 minute short he made about weird looking aliens landing in Johannesburg. Ever since then, every studio (coupled with Monsters) has been trying to crack the code of: Less money = more profits.
With a preview screening held last night for invited guests (17 to 44 years of age only, That’s a demographic for ya, Hmm. . .) things will be heard shortly I’m sure of what we can expect the overall feel and general experience of the film to be. Or maybe not. No doubt an embargo on full disclosure will be in place until, uh, the week of the 1st of next March, let’s say.
Here’s the synopsis:
“In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt 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.”
I was sincerely excited about District 9 and was not disappointed, and was very intrigued about how deep and how soci-economic/politic/spiritual the material got. Blomkamp really crafted himself a fine piece of work, and he’s set to do it again here it looks like. Bringing back his D9 star, Sharlto Copley in the main supporting role alongside Alice Braga and others.
More to come for this I’m sure, as Elysium makes it’s bow March 1st, 2013.