You're also working on Neill Blomkamp's next picture Elysium, how is this going to be different from all the other alien pictures that came out afterDistrict 9?
I can't tell you about the content of Elysium but I can tell you, it won't really be... it's a very different movie than anything you've ever seen before. It's not necessarily an alien movie. He set himself up, because [District 9] was one of the greatest first films any director's ever made. I'm hoping that this movie has an opportunity to be even better. He was very young when he directed that movie, he was like 26 or 27. He's only 31 now. He's learned as a filmmaker, he's evolved as a filmmaker. Visually, stylistically it's actually very different than District 9.
I literally will be murdered in my sleep if I tell you too much more. It's a unique movie. It's unlike anything I've ever seen before. And I will say, where I would be daunted because ofDistrict 9 being this masterpiece Neill is so talented as a writer and as a director that I'm kind of fearless going into this movie. I just think the guy is special.
One of the big themes in District 9 was second class citizens and other social issues. What are the big social issues what are the big themes in this picture?
I can't tell you what the big themes are, but I can tell you that there are big themes. He's someone who's really interested in the world. He's not a filmmaker who's only interested in other movies. He's somebody who's interested in the politics of the world, the reality of the world. Whatever kind of movie he makes in whatever genre, it's never simply going to be a synthetic movie about the movies he liked growing up. It's always going to be about something bigger, and this movie is too.
Simon seems to really enjoy working with Blomkamp. Frankly I think that he is right about NB's skill. District 9 has become one of my favorite films since it has come out. When ever I see it on I have to watch it. It is rare to find a SciFi film that has so much feeling and power behind it. I truly can't wait to see what this guy will do with his career. I am also glad to hear that he is not giving up on putting a personal message in his films. Let us know what you think.
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