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Neill Blomkamp doesn't feel he's the right guy to direct Star Wars

06.17.2013

Even though JJ Abrams has locked down the directing job for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII there will be other episodes up for grabs. One name that keeps getting thrown out is Neill Blomkamp. There's good reason too. The director is currently one of the best in sci-fi and handles action like a pro. So why not get him on board for a galaxy far far away?

Probably because he doesn't really want the job. During an interview with IGN for ELYSIUM, when Blomkamp was asked about the subject this is what he had to say:

I love 'Star Wars.' I really, really love 'Star Wars.' But Iím not the right guy. And also, just taking ideas that already exist in Hollywood is just not for me.

Fair enough.

Now that ELYSIUM is ready to roll out in theaters, Blomkamp will move on to another original, sci-fi comedy CHAPPIE. Maybe one day he'll get to that DISTRICT 9 sequel. I love that movie and don't feel that there needs to be a follow-up, but apparently it's still keeping people up at night.

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8:35AM on 06/18/2013
I love the words that come out of this guy. Respect.
I love the words that come out of this guy. Respect.
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6:37PM on 06/17/2013
"And also, just taking ideas that already exist in Hollywood is just not for me."

Except for taking the plot of Battle Angel to make Elysium.
"And also, just taking ideas that already exist in Hollywood is just not for me."

Except for taking the plot of Battle Angel to make Elysium.
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4:43AM on 06/18/2013
I thought it was "Halo". Or has that accusation gone out of style in the time between the first and second trailer?
I thought it was "Halo". Or has that accusation gone out of style in the time between the first and second trailer?
5:21PM on 06/17/2013
So bad that he is not interested in doing any sequels,remakes,reboots.but He is very talented.i think he has the potential to be the next James cameron.
So bad that he is not interested in doing any sequels,remakes,reboots.but He is very talented.i think he has the potential to be the next James cameron.
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5:20PM on 06/17/2013
So bad that he is not interested in doing any sequels,remakes,reboots.but He is very talented.i think he has the potential to be the next James cameron.
So bad that he is not interested in doing any sequels,remakes,reboots.but He is very talented.i think he has the potential to be the next James cameron.
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3:47PM on 06/17/2013
"And also, just taking ideas that already exist in Hollywood is just not for me... they have to be ideas that exist in anime form and i'll bring 'em to hollywood."

WIKI ELYSUIM: [link]film)
WIKI BATTLE ANGEL: [link]
"And also, just taking ideas that already exist in Hollywood is just not for me... they have to be ideas that exist in anime form and i'll bring 'em to hollywood."

WIKI ELYSUIM: [link]film)
WIKI BATTLE ANGEL: [link]
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5:21PM on 06/17/2013
Sorry,i don't see any similarities
Sorry,i don't see any similarities
6:39PM on 06/17/2013
Exactly!

The similarities between the two are staggering.
Exactly!

The similarities between the two are staggering.
6:50PM on 06/17/2013
@James Bourne

Both Battle Angel & Elysium take place in the future where the rich live in a sky city, where it is beautiful & people are perpetually healthy, and the poor live in a post apocalyptic wasteland on Earth, where is it ugly & trashy & people are generally unhealthy. In both stories, the poor are constantly trying to get into the sky city. The sky city's defenses will ruthlessly kill anyone trying to sneak in. Of course, we all know what the hero must do.

The differnce between
@James Bourne

Both Battle Angel & Elysium take place in the future where the rich live in a sky city, where it is beautiful & people are perpetually healthy, and the poor live in a post apocalyptic wasteland on Earth, where is it ugly & trashy & people are generally unhealthy. In both stories, the poor are constantly trying to get into the sky city. The sky city's defenses will ruthlessly kill anyone trying to sneak in. Of course, we all know what the hero must do.

The differnce between the two is that Elysium jumps right into the "hero must get into the sky city" plot. Battle Angel is an epic sci-fi that spans 9 different books, and only the last few focus on this plot.
4:44AM on 06/18/2013
Who the hell cares about some weird ass manga?
Who the hell cares about some weird ass manga?
2:10PM on 06/17/2013

I really respect his position

Although I'd love to see his take on the STAR WARS universe, he says he wants to present his own ideas and I really respect that. Kudos to him for taking a stand; I hope he creates something original that endures (and makes as much $$$) as the original STAR WARS.
Although I'd love to see his take on the STAR WARS universe, he says he wants to present his own ideas and I really respect that. Kudos to him for taking a stand; I hope he creates something original that endures (and makes as much $$$) as the original STAR WARS.
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1:18PM on 06/17/2013
He could honestly make a Star Wars movie that is set in the same universe, but completely original characters and concepts. I think, if Disney pays enough, he'd change his mind.
He could honestly make a Star Wars movie that is set in the same universe, but completely original characters and concepts. I think, if Disney pays enough, he'd change his mind.
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1:10PM on 06/17/2013
He's making his own mark on Hollywood Science Fiction. Like Guillermo Del Toro, he needs to keep making classics from his own imagination. Making THIS generation's equivalents of Star Wars, Robocop, Terminator, Ghostbusters...
He's making his own mark on Hollywood Science Fiction. Like Guillermo Del Toro, he needs to keep making classics from his own imagination. Making THIS generation's equivalents of Star Wars, Robocop, Terminator, Ghostbusters...
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1:10PM on 06/17/2013
Nice to hear someone that knows what they would and wouldn't be right for and not just out to take a huge paycheck. That said, Elysium has shot to the top of my must see in theater list this summer. It just looks so fucking amazing from the trailers.
Nice to hear someone that knows what they would and wouldn't be right for and not just out to take a huge paycheck. That said, Elysium has shot to the top of my must see in theater list this summer. It just looks so fucking amazing from the trailers.
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1:05PM on 06/17/2013
If Neil Blomkamp directed Star Wars, i'd imagine it would be full of political allegories
If Neil Blomkamp directed Star Wars, i'd imagine it would be full of political allegories
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12:47PM on 06/17/2013
I like that last bit how "taking ideas that already exist in Hollywood is just not for me". It's very simple but so transparent of the artist he is and how organic his stories are. Bravo.
I like that last bit how "taking ideas that already exist in Hollywood is just not for me". It's very simple but so transparent of the artist he is and how organic his stories are. Bravo.
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12:07PM on 06/17/2013
Zack Snyder obviously wasn't the right guy to direct Man of Steel and that sure didn't stop him. Blomkamp might not be G-rated enough for Star Wars though, I'll give him that.
Zack Snyder obviously wasn't the right guy to direct Man of Steel and that sure didn't stop him. Blomkamp might not be G-rated enough for Star Wars though, I'll give him that.
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12:06PM on 06/17/2013
You need to respect a man who knows his strengths and limitations.
You need to respect a man who knows his strengths and limitations.
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11:25AM on 06/17/2013
"And also, just taking ideas that already exist in Hollywood is just not for me." We need more people like him in Hwood
"And also, just taking ideas that already exist in Hollywood is just not for me." We need more people like him in Hwood
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11:17AM on 06/17/2013
He's a good director who's presented some really interesting sci-fi ideas on screen and hopefully will knock it out of the park with Elysium, but I think he's right. His work tends to be pretty bleak, and the world of Star Wars is ultimately one of lighter sci-fi fantasy. That's not to say Star Wars can't be dark, but I don't think it's the foundation that universe is built upon.
He's a good director who's presented some really interesting sci-fi ideas on screen and hopefully will knock it out of the park with Elysium, but I think he's right. His work tends to be pretty bleak, and the world of Star Wars is ultimately one of lighter sci-fi fantasy. That's not to say Star Wars can't be dark, but I don't think it's the foundation that universe is built upon.
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12:49PM on 06/17/2013
I think Star Wars (III-IV) is much more dark than you give credit for. Not even comparing to the prequels it's a pretty messed up story... and then they had to throw in some teddy bears to lighten it up.
I think Star Wars (III-IV) is much more dark than you give credit for. Not even comparing to the prequels it's a pretty messed up story... and then they had to throw in some teddy bears to lighten it up.
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