‘District 9′ Duo Re-Teaming For ‘Elysium’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2013 at 4:00 am,

The Hollywood “bigger is better” mentality was taken down a peg or two when District 9 grossed more than seven times its $30 million budget and snagged a Best Picture nod last year. Now the director/actor team behind that pic are joining forces again for a new project titled Elysium.

Filmmaker Neil Blomkamp will receive backing from Media Rights Capital on Elysium, a thought-provoking sci-fi drama/action-driven flick that will star his District 9 leading man, Sharlto Copley.

In Greek mythology, Elysium (a.k.a. The Elysian Fields) refers to a portion of the underworld reserved for the blessed – a Utopia of sorts for those who have passed on. We reported on this film while it was still in the planning stages, and now we can confirm that Elysium will be set in the distant future on a planet other than Earth and (according to Deadline) will address a number of social/political issues while also working as a more straightforward Hollywood blockbuster, in a manner similar to District 9 (no surprise there).

Blomkamp is currently on the lookout for a distributor and has reportedly developed a graphic novel version of Elysium, as a means of making the project more sellable. It’s the same tactic the filmmaker employed for District 9, so (as the saying goes) if it ain’t broke…

District 9 sequel Sharlto Copley District 9 Duo Re Teaming For Elysium

Copley will reunite with his ‘District 9′ director for ‘Elysium’.

Sony Picture still wants a District 9 sequel and with good reason – the original film reaped a nice profit; was enthusiastically received by professional film critics and casual moviegoers alike; and perhaps most importantly, the project demonstrated that an action pic full of CGI and explosions does not require a budget of at least $100 million (or name actors, even) in order to look like a professional studio production.

While Blomkamp and Copley’s new collaboration will be laden with the sort of expectations that their¬†Apartheid allegory/alien flick was bereft of, Elysium looks to join the ranks of Andrew Niccol’s Now as another upcoming sci-fi venture that could both respect moviegoers’ intelligence and offer them a few hours of solid entertainment at the same time.

What do you think of Elysium? Do you want to see a District 9 sequel as well?

Source: Deadline

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  1. Sweet. I loved D9, but I hope Blomkamp isn’t a one-hit wonder.

  2. I’m pumped about Elysium, but I really don’t think D9 needs a sequel.

  3. I’m excited about this, the quality of work on D9 was amazing and i’m sure it will be the same if not better for D10 and Elysium

  4. You mean you DON’T want to see what happens when the Aliens return? C’mon D9 is screaming for one!

    I can’t wait for this guy’s next project, whatever it is. Elysium sounds great! :)


    • If they were to do an “aliens return” sequel it would be pretty much the opposite of what D9 was. The story of D9 was all about Wikus, not necessarily the aliens. That’s what was so great about it, in my opinion. anyway, i know i’m in the minority, but i think a D9 sequel would be just another alien flick.

      • I agree , i think it was a great movie and it can stand alone, there is no need for a sequel.

  5. I guess I’m one of the very few that thought D9 was just ehh.

    • I’m with you, I thought it would have been better if it didnt keep going from documentary to regular film all the time.

    • You’re not alone. I thought the film was a bit boring for my taste. I did think Copley acted well, and for the budget, the effects were, well, effective. :-)

  6. Definitely excited for this. So far I am a fan of Neill and Sharlto. About the D-9 sequel I want it, and there are so many directions they could take with this film, but I’m just scared that the sequel won’t live up to it’s predecessor, since it was so good.