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Neill Blomkamp, Matt Damon & Jodie Foster Impress With Dystopian, Pig Urine-Filled 'Elysium' At Comic-Con

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 14, 2012 7:50 AM
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Today Neill Blomkamp made his return to Comic-Con and Hall H after appearing in 2009 for the film that launched his career, “District 9.” “I actually feel like I belong out there amongst the darkness and the flashing lights where I can’t really see anyone’s faces,” Blomkamp tells the crowd. “I’m a fan.”

Exclusive: Neill Blomkamp Says Sci-Fi Comedy 'Chappie' Is "Probably" Next, Has No Immediate Plans For 'District 9' Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 13, 2012 9:09 PM
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Neill Blomkamp made one of the more most impressive directorial debuts in recent memory back in 2009 when "District 9" hit theaters; a firmly original, tonally dextrous science-fiction actioner that proved to be a serious sleeper hit, and caused many to compare him to the likes of James Cameron, or indeed his executive producer Peter Jackson.

Official Plot Synopsis For Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Reveals Another Sci-Fi Political Allegory

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2012 8:36 PM
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In this day and age, when leaks from big-budget movies are par for the course, it's pretty amazing that, so far, Neill Blomkamp has managed to keep a tight lid on his top secret "Elysium." All that's really known is that it's set in the future, stars Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga, Diego Luna and Wagner Moura, and it features the work of "Blade Runner" designer Syd Mead. But late last summer, word surfaced that the film was going to have a political angle to it—much in the way "District 9" bore more than few references to apartheid—and was "set in a near future fraught with Anglo­-Hispanic racial tensions." And it seems that's the case as tensions between two classes—though not necessary anglo-hispanic—will be key.

"It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 5:29 PM
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There are few franchises in recent memory that were announced with as much excitement only to collapse as spectacularly as the proposed video game movie "Halo." Trumpeted with great fanfare in 2005, the expensive project was seen as the next big blockbuster, with the promise of a built-in, worldwide fanbase, and despite the cost, two major studios teamed up to make it happen. But as these things go, the ink was barely dry on the deal before things went south, development stalled, contracts tried to be renegotiated and eventually, the whole thing sputtered out in a rather ugly mess.

Will Anglo-Hispanic Tensions Form Part Of The Thematic Background For Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 1, 2011 2:45 AM
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Even though Neill Blomkamp is filming his highly anticipated follow up to "District 9" in Vancouver as we speak, details on the project remain tightly wrapped with pretty much the only thing known about the story is the fact it'll revolve around “aliens and humans doing battle on Earth" and will be set 100 years in the future.

As 'The Dark Tower' Crumbles, Here Are 10 Dead Projects In Search Of Resurrection

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 21, 2011 3:56 AM
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One of the more ambitious projects in recent memory, "The Dark Tower," was canceled earlier this week by Universal Pictures. It's not a surprise, as the studio also recently put the kibosh on a $150 million-budgeted R-rated take on "At the Mountains of Madness" by Guillermo del Toro and Ron Howard, and Akiva Goldsman's multi-platform, multi-film Stephen King adaptation was arguably more risky and definitely much more expensive. We here at The Playlist root for movies to be good, but we mostly root for movies to be made, for a director to complete their vision and for it to have a chance to reach an audience and possibly become a part of the popular culture.

Diego Luna Latest To Circle Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' With Matt Damon And Jodie Foster

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 9, 2011 12:20 PM
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Since the moment we walked out of "District 9," buzzing with the energy and invention of the picture, we, like you, have been keenly awaiting more work from South African director Neill Blomkamp. And after a heap of speculation -- the Blomkamp directing "The Hobbit" rumor must have raised its head a good half-dozen times -- the helmer's follow-up was finally announced at the end of last year as the mysterious sci-fi project "Elysium."

Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Will Hit Theaters On March 8, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2011 8:08 AM
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Excited for Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to his smash hit "District 9"? Well, you're going to have to wait.

Wagner Moura, Star Of Brazilian Box Office Sensation 'Elite Squad,' Joins Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2011 9:00 AM
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With pre-production starting next month, another name has come aboard Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" and while he's not yet a household name, his appearance in the film should raise his profile considerably.

Jodie Foster Says Role In Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Isn't A Done Deal Yet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2011 4:28 AM
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Last month, everything looked good to go on Neill Blomkamp's upcoming, secretive sci-fi pic "Elysium." He assembled a cast with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley said to be on board and Sony dropped a staggering $120 million to get the rights to the film. But it appears everything isn't quite a done deal just yet.

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