District 9 writer-director Neil Blomkamp’s name keeps getting tossed around by a number of our readers as someone they would like to see tackle directing duties on Star Wars: Episode VII. However, the filmmaker’s more grounded, violent, and metaphor-heavy style doesn’t seem like a fit for George Lucas’ sci-fi franchise (to this writer, at least). Fortunately, Blomkamp seems more interested in doing his own thing, anyway – starting with next year’s Elysium.

A second screenshot from Elysium has been unveiled online; much like previously-released set photos and official images, it shows Matt Damon wearing a metal exoskeleton as the ‘cyborg’ Max (technically speaking, that is). Meanwhile, new images from another impending sci-fi feature, Riddick (a.k.a. Riddick 3), are also now available for perusing.

Elysium takes place in a version of the year 2159 – where the  rich reside in comfort on the titular space station (a reference to the Elysian Fields in Greek mythology), while the lowers classes live on a resource-drained, overpopulated Earth. The pre-vis footage shown for the sci-fi title at this year’s Comic-Con received quite the enthusiastic response, with attendees heaping lots of praise on the Halo-esque production design – not to mention, admiring the attention to detail and effort that Blomkamp has put into fleshing out the film’s universe.

Click on the thumbnail below for the full new image of Damon in Elysium (via Screen Crush):

For additional information about Damon’s character – such as why he needs these metallic ‘enhancements’ to survive – and the film’s storyline, check out this interview with Blomkamp and the Elysium cast (which includes Jodie Foster and District 9 lead Sharlto Copley).

Riddick

Franchise star Vin Diesel and writer-director David Twohy have been tirelessly championing Riddick, the sequel to Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick (the latter of which under-performed at the box office). The project has at last managed to finish production – which is all the more impressive, considering that financing collapsed at one point – and promises to be a return-to-form to the grisly R-Rated action and visceral thrills of Pitch Black.

 Joining Diesel are such franchise new additions as fan-fave Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Jordi Molla (Colombiana), Dave Bautista (The Man with the Iron Fists), Raoul Trujillo (Cowboys & Aliens), and Nolan Gerard Funk (House at the End of the Street).

However, Diesel won’t be the only familiar face for longtime Riddick fans, as Karl Urban is also returning as the Necromonger Commander Vaako. Check out the first image of Urbran in the film below – along with a shot that Twohy released from the editing room, where post-production on Riddick is actively ongoing:

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Elysium opens in theaters next summer on August 9th, 2013.

Riddick is expected to reach theaters sometime in 2013.

Source: Screen Crush, David Twohy