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Neill Blomkamp makes the studio rounds to find a home for Elysium

01.19.2011
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UPDATE - No surprise here. Sony Pictures, which released Blomkamp's DISTRICT 9, has won the rights to ELYSIUM, paying a whopping $120 million.

Today Neill Blomkamp has been meeting with studios to find a home for his next sci-fi flick, ELYSIUM.

Blomkamp, Modi Wiczyk and Simon Kinberg (who's producing with Bill Block) have been doing the studio rounds, meeting with the big wigs that have read the script, who then get a storyboard presentation from the director. They are going to every studio except for Disney. They don't do the R-rated stuff obviously.

Deadline, who broke the news, say that this movie will have a social allegory just like DISTRICT 9 did. It's also a big movie set 1000 years in the future and will have tons of gadgetry. The sets for the film will be designed by Syd Mead (BLADE RUNNER, TRON) who is well versed in the world of sci-fi surroundings. Apparently Mead isn't the easiest guy to hire but decided to do this because he liked D9.

ELYSIUM will prep in April then start production in May. The first location on the map is Vancouver then off to New Mexico in the Fall. Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley are set to star.

Like he's going to have a hard time trying to sell this project. Blomkamp's name alone could sell any movie idea.

Extra Tidbit: Before D9, Blomkamp directed YELLOW.
Source: Deadline

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5:00PM on 01/20/2011

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Yellow pretty damn good. i was a little shocked that sony bought Elysium for 120 million this thing must be really damn interesting and great. that weird trailer for sure interested me if that in fact had any thing to do with the real film. good for Blomkamp!
Yellow pretty damn good. i was a little shocked that sony bought Elysium for 120 million this thing must be really damn interesting and great. that weird trailer for sure interested me if that in fact had any thing to do with the real film. good for Blomkamp!
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7:32AM on 01/20/2011

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I don't care if Blomkamps directed every colour of the rainbow. The guys a fucken legend in my book.
I don't care if Blomkamps directed every colour of the rainbow. The guys a fucken legend in my book.
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7:21AM on 01/20/2011

Sony picked it up!

Breaking news via Deadline:

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Nice move Sony
Breaking news via Deadline:

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7:09AM on 01/20/2011

Do the studios really need to think about it?

Just give Blomkamp what he wants, you know he'll deliver
Just give Blomkamp what he wants, you know he'll deliver
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1:13AM on 01/20/2011

yeah

i gotta say, Blomkamp is easily one of my top three favorite filmmakers to date! his past work and D9 speak for themselves. I wish to god they would just green light halo.. but for now im all about what this guy puts on next! i cant wait!
i gotta say, Blomkamp is easily one of my top three favorite filmmakers to date! his past work and D9 speak for themselves. I wish to god they would just green light halo.. but for now im all about what this guy puts on next! i cant wait!
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8:27PM on 01/19/2011
Can not wait to see what he has up his sleeve after the amazing District 9.
Can not wait to see what he has up his sleeve after the amazing District 9.
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7:19PM on 01/19/2011

Blomkamp's name alone could sell any movie idea.


Except for Halo.

Except for Halo.
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