Matt Damon to Join Neill Blomkamp's ELYSIUM
It looks like Matt Damon will end up joining Neill Blomkamp's new sci-fi film Elysium. The actor is currently in negotiations to join the project which will also star District 9's Sharlto Copley.
There aren't many details on what this film is about, but Media Captial Right gave Blomkamp a 30-40 million dollar budget, and full creative freedom to do what he wants with his original idea.
Here are a few things that he's said in various interviews about this new sci-fi film:
I’ve got one science fiction idea that I’m absolutely in love with, which I’m pretty sure is going to be my next film. 99% sure…It’s totally original, it’s my own story…It’s set on another planet, but it’s cool. It’s violent, very violent, and very unique hopefully. We’ll see.
It is science fiction and it has many sociopolitical ideas that interest me. Those ideas are wrapped up inside something that is like a Hollywood action film…The setting for the next film takes place 150 years from now. There are two cities that I’m choosing between. They would play as themselves. They are not in South Africa.
Hopefully, this will be a bit unique, very much a reflection of me. It is absolutely another science fiction film, quite different from `District 9,’ but some of the blending of genres and the tone might be within the same realm.
I loved District 9, and I can't wait to see exactly what Blomkamp is going to create for us with Elysium.