Right now Superman is having his day, and after Big Blue the Wolverine will be popping his claws, but when all the superhero hype has died down, sci-fi fans are going to get the big summer treat they’ve been waiting for, in the form of District 9 director Neil Blomkamp’s new sci-fi movie, Elysium.
The film stars Matt Damon in a story about a future where all of Earth is a toxic ghetto, provoking the wealthy elite to establish their own off-planet colony (known as “Elysium”) where they can live free of disease and poverty. The twist comes when Damon’s character is recruited to break into Elysium, thereby upsetting the social hierarchy. Today we have an official TV spot and some new images to share.
Now that you’ve had a chance to view the TV spot (which is basically a condensed rehash of the first Elysium trailer), we can broach the subject of Neil Blomkamp’s next sci-fi film project. The South African director has proven to be very adept at mixing hi-concept science-fiction with timely and relevant socio-political commentary – will that trend continue with Chappie, his already-announced new film? Blomkamp has only said that his third feature film will be a blend of sci-fi and comedy, with script co-written by his wife Terri Tatchell and, of course, another starring role for his District 9 and Elysium collaborator, Sharlto Copley.
However, Den of Geek reveals in a new article that Chappie will actually be based on one of Blomkamp’s earlier short films; the filmmaker himself confirmed as much, telling DoG that Chappie is “Basically based on Tetra Vaal.” If you have never seen his Tetra Vaal short – no worries! We have it for you below:
Blomkamp went on to confirm that yes, the robot in that video is the same character for Chappie that he’s hinted at in previous videos – and that the robot will retain his rabbit ears, which are a distinct homage to the robot character Briareos Hecatonchires from the manga/anime, Appleseed. There’s speculation that South Africa (Blomkamp’s home nation) will once again be the setting; but when questioned whether Copley will be playing the robot character via motion-capture, Blomkamp would only respond with a coy, “Maybe.”
The short film is definitely presenting an intriguing concept; however, one has to wonder what the word “comedy” means in the mind of Neil Blomkamp. In District 9, “comedy” consisted of scenes like Wikus Van De Merwe (Sharlto Copley) standing in front of a shack of burning alien fetuses with a dumb smile on his face as if he deserved a Scooby-snack for his work. So the ways in which a film about a Third World robot policeman (who learns to love?) could make us laugh… well, it really does just tickle the mind, now doesn’t it?
Elysium will be in theaters on August 9th, 2013.
We’ll keep you updated on the status of Chappie as we learn more.
Sources: Sony & DoG