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Neill Blomkamp adds Marvel and DC superheroes to his list of projects he will probably never direct

Aug. 8, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Neill Blomkamp often tops lists of directors fans dream of tackling projects featuring superheroes or classic science fiction icons. And who can blame them? With DISTRICT 9 blowing us away and ELYSIUM looking damn good, too, why wouldn't you want a guy this talented to tackle a dream project?

Blomkamp, unfortunately, is not interested in helming STAR WARS or STAR TREK and now says he doesn't want to get involved in any Marvel or DC projects, either. Why? According to an interview with Collider, he wants to be left alone.

"This is my thought process. My thought process is, it’s exactly what I was just saying, I just want to be an artist that’s just left alone. That’s really what I want. I want to make stuff that just…films are the only art form that require commerce so desperately. Any other artist needs a few dollars for a paint brush, really if you think about it, like musicians or authors. They can be as free as they want. This is the one thing that just needs copious amounts of money. If you imagine a filmmaker trying to just be left alone as much as possible and make Star Wars how does that work? Exactly, it kind of doesn’t, but…"

Essentially, Neill Blomkamp is a filmmaker and, while he loves the idea of making these films, he hates studio involvement. The question is then asked how he envisioned being left alone to make the HALO movie he was long associated with.

"I cannot imagine the s--t that would’ve gone down if that production had actually been made," Blomkamp said of the Halo film. "But Peter (Jackson) may have been able to shield me from it…possibly. The world of Halo and the mythology of Halo, though is still something that I find- it’s like Star Wars, it’s so appealing to me because it’s cool and it’s there and I can imagine it. But you have to do it in a way you can do it yourself."

There are directors who work better with their own material or adapting something less controlled. Look at Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, or even Kevin Smith: all of them have stayed away from the full studio system and when they have ventured it has ended ugly. I respect that Neill Blomkamp is sticking to his ideals even if that means sacrificing working on a dream project. As long as he is able to make films without the studios, give the man what he needs to keep making original creations.

ELYSIUM opens in theaters tomorrow.

Source: Collider

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9:06PM on 08/12/2013
I think a lot of directors who have now directed superhero movies or been apart of large franchises never had any desire to do it from the get go, but overtime changed their mind. Blomkamp is very early in his career and Star Wars and Star Trek are both in their early stages of reboots. I wouldn't be surprised if he one day changed his mind.
I think a lot of directors who have now directed superhero movies or been apart of large franchises never had any desire to do it from the get go, but overtime changed their mind. Blomkamp is very early in his career and Star Wars and Star Trek are both in their early stages of reboots. I wouldn't be surprised if he one day changed his mind.
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4:49AM on 08/09/2013
But will he ever do any rom-coms? That's what we all want to know.
But will he ever do any rom-coms? That's what we all want to know.
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5:10AM on 08/09/2013
Will Sharlto Copley ever win the affections of the cyborg-lobster alien-beast with the heart of gold?
Will Sharlto Copley ever win the affections of the cyborg-lobster alien-beast with the heart of gold?
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1:36AM on 08/09/2013
Never say never.
Never say never.
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11:09PM on 08/08/2013
I think he does good work, but maybe he shouldn't come up and just list off things he's not going to do.
I think he does good work, but maybe he shouldn't come up and just list off things he's not going to do.
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10:14PM on 08/08/2013
In all fairness, Marvel, DC, Star Wars, they are all meant to be shared universes. Nolan did what he wanted with Batman but then fans are disappointed that Man of Steel did not follow up The Dark Knight Rises.
In all fairness, Marvel, DC, Star Wars, they are all meant to be shared universes. Nolan did what he wanted with Batman but then fans are disappointed that Man of Steel did not follow up The Dark Knight Rises.
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10:01PM on 08/08/2013
That is understandable. I am sure they're a lot of hoops to jump through when you work for Disney or a major production company.
That is understandable. I am sure they're a lot of hoops to jump through when you work for Disney or a major production company.
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8:12PM on 08/08/2013

Much respect

Right now he's riding high on his own original movies which is great. Hollywood needs more originality and his movies are a breath of fresh air.
Right now he's riding high on his own original movies which is great. Hollywood needs more originality and his movies are a breath of fresh air.
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7:35PM on 08/08/2013
I have no problem with this. His films and talent speak for themselves alone.

Elysium will only prove this. Can't wait to see it tomorrow.
I have no problem with this. His films and talent speak for themselves alone.

Elysium will only prove this. Can't wait to see it tomorrow.
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10:13PM on 08/08/2013
I love your enthusiasm, put part of the thumbs down picnic you constantly experience is your preemptive approval of everything. Wait and see if something is good before you vow to it's quality. Otherwise you're playing "pedigree bingo."
I love your enthusiasm, put part of the thumbs down picnic you constantly experience is your preemptive approval of everything. Wait and see if something is good before you vow to it's quality. Otherwise you're playing "pedigree bingo."
1:18AM on 08/09/2013
So, he keeps getting thumbs down because he has an open mind? When did that become a bad thing?
So, he keeps getting thumbs down because he has an open mind? When did that become a bad thing?
8:50AM on 08/09/2013
I think the thumbs down is the unqualified thumbs-up that The Soloist gives to everything. I only thumbs down people for being disrespectful, but that's my guess. When you assume everything is going to be great, that's not being any more open minded than assuming everything is going to be awful.

I would definitely agree that if you don't subscribe to the "group think" on this site, plan on getting thumbs-down. I think at this point, he's probably ok with his role as pariah here. At least
I think the thumbs down is the unqualified thumbs-up that The Soloist gives to everything. I only thumbs down people for being disrespectful, but that's my guess. When you assume everything is going to be great, that's not being any more open minded than assuming everything is going to be awful.

I would definitely agree that if you don't subscribe to the "group think" on this site, plan on getting thumbs-down. I think at this point, he's probably ok with his role as pariah here. At least he's got name recognition. I've been here since the beginning, and nobody knows who the hell I am ;)
1:11PM on 08/10/2013
The difference is that there's nothing wrong with at least giving a movie a chance, which I personally find to be an honorable trait. Honestly, I'd rather assume that something is going to be good than just automatically decide that something is going to be awful. I've seen lots of movies, good and bad, but even if I didn't like the movie, I never regretted giving it a shot. So I see nothing wrong with being positive instead of negative.
The difference is that there's nothing wrong with at least giving a movie a chance, which I personally find to be an honorable trait. Honestly, I'd rather assume that something is going to be good than just automatically decide that something is going to be awful. I've seen lots of movies, good and bad, but even if I didn't like the movie, I never regretted giving it a shot. So I see nothing wrong with being positive instead of negative.
7:10PM on 08/08/2013
This guy says he's an artist and he wants to stay original, then why did he rip off the entire premise for Battle Angel Alita for Elysium? He's not fooling anyone, they don't give you 30-80 million dollars NOT to compromise and deliver a studio blockbuster.
This guy says he's an artist and he wants to stay original, then why did he rip off the entire premise for Battle Angel Alita for Elysium? He's not fooling anyone, they don't give you 30-80 million dollars NOT to compromise and deliver a studio blockbuster.
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6:54PM on 08/08/2013
Why can't he have his cake and eat it too? Christopher Nolan did it with the Dark Knight trilogy while making original stuff like Inception AND he made the trilogy how he wanted to. Warner Bros wanted the third Batman to have the Riddler as the villain to follow the success of the Joker but Nolan made it like he wanted to. I hope Blomkamp gets to do something like that.
Why can't he have his cake and eat it too? Christopher Nolan did it with the Dark Knight trilogy while making original stuff like Inception AND he made the trilogy how he wanted to. Warner Bros wanted the third Batman to have the Riddler as the villain to follow the success of the Joker but Nolan made it like he wanted to. I hope Blomkamp gets to do something like that.
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6:51PM on 08/08/2013
Is it just me or does Neill Blomkamp have a really punchable face?
Is it just me or does Neill Blomkamp have a really punchable face?
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10:14PM on 08/08/2013
The satisfied look on his face of having a film greenlit? Possibly - but it probably says more about you.
The satisfied look on his face of having a film greenlit? Possibly - but it probably says more about you.
4:39PM on 08/09/2013
Oh, i forgot that photo was taken right after he learned that Elysium was greenlit. My mistake.
Oh, i forgot that photo was taken right after he learned that Elysium was greenlit. My mistake.
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6:25PM on 08/08/2013

solid plan, but...

I admire Blomkamp, but at the scope he makes films this plan can't last forever. District 9 was massive and Elysium looks twice as large. Unless he's willing to scale back to films about people talking like the above mentioned directors he's one big flop away from either eating his words or going back to South Africa.
I admire Blomkamp, but at the scope he makes films this plan can't last forever. District 9 was massive and Elysium looks twice as large. Unless he's willing to scale back to films about people talking like the above mentioned directors he's one big flop away from either eating his words or going back to South Africa.
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6:21PM on 08/08/2013

solid plan, but...

I admire Blomkamp, but at the scope he makes films this plan can't last forever. District 9 was massive and Elysium looks twice as large. Unless he's willing to scale back to films about people talking like the above mentioned directors he's one big flop away from either eating his words or going back to South Africa.
I admire Blomkamp, but at the scope he makes films this plan can't last forever. District 9 was massive and Elysium looks twice as large. Unless he's willing to scale back to films about people talking like the above mentioned directors he's one big flop away from either eating his words or going back to South Africa.
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5:27PM on 08/08/2013
Fine with this, prefer more Blomkamp originals. Especially considering neither Speilberg nor Cameron can get their heads out of thier asses long enough to done something amazing again. Screw 3 more Avatars where is Battle Angel Alita.
Fine with this, prefer more Blomkamp originals. Especially considering neither Speilberg nor Cameron can get their heads out of thier asses long enough to done something amazing again. Screw 3 more Avatars where is Battle Angel Alita.
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10:10PM on 08/08/2013
That's the thing - they are at the point in their careers where they aren't poised (or fueled) to deliver more original stuff. Blomkamp is part of the next generation of original filmmaker.
That's the thing - they are at the point in their careers where they aren't poised (or fueled) to deliver more original stuff. Blomkamp is part of the next generation of original filmmaker.
5:22PM on 08/08/2013
I think he is a man with a plan and lots of new stories to tell.people like that who can write their own original scripts/stories (like Tarantino,James cameron) don't need stories of other franchises to make films.as a huge Sci-fi fan,i always look forward to his work
I think he is a man with a plan and lots of new stories to tell.people like that who can write their own original scripts/stories (like Tarantino,James cameron) don't need stories of other franchises to make films.as a huge Sci-fi fan,i always look forward to his work
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5:06PM on 08/08/2013
Good
Good
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4:58PM on 08/08/2013
I'm sure hell change his tune when they back the dump truck full of money in his driveway
I'm sure hell change his tune when they back the dump truck full of money in his driveway
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10:10PM on 08/08/2013
And that's something you want to happen?
And that's something you want to happen?
4:51PM on 08/08/2013

Huh?

"With DISTRICT 9 blowing us away and ELYSIUM looking damn good, too, why wouldn't you want a guy this talented to tackle a dream project?"

There's plenty of competent directors that can take orders from studios. A better question is why wouldn't I want this guy to continue to be one of the few sci-fi directors coming up with *new*, interesting and commercially viable ideas?

Yeah - that stuff you come up with is great - but why don't you come and help dish out more franchise servings of
"With DISTRICT 9 blowing us away and ELYSIUM looking damn good, too, why wouldn't you want a guy this talented to tackle a dream project?"

There's plenty of competent directors that can take orders from studios. A better question is why wouldn't I want this guy to continue to be one of the few sci-fi directors coming up with *new*, interesting and commercially viable ideas?

Yeah - that stuff you come up with is great - but why don't you come and help dish out more franchise servings of somebody else's idea that's a few decades old?
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4:46PM on 08/08/2013
When are people gonna stop asking about the damn Halo movie?
When are people gonna stop asking about the damn Halo movie?
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4:43PM on 08/08/2013

thank god

please stop asking him if he'll hop on franchises, I pray Blomkamp keeps doing what he's doing and keeps giving us original(ish) sci-fi projects. Blomkamp rules!
please stop asking him if he'll hop on franchises, I pray Blomkamp keeps doing what he's doing and keeps giving us original(ish) sci-fi projects. Blomkamp rules!
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