New ‘Elysium’ & ‘Riddick’ Images: Cyborg Matt Damon & ‘Alien’ Karl Urban

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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):

elysium matt damon 280x170 New Elysium & Riddick Images: Cyborg Matt Damon & Alien Karl Urban

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).



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:



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

Riddick is expected to reach theaters sometime in 2013.

Source: Screen Crush, David Twohy

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  1. Nice, looking forward to Elysium. You can see the ideas he took from the Halo movie he was gonna make and honestly, I hope Bungie, Microsoft and 343 Industries lure him back to make it a reality.

    I agree with you too Sandy, why have people wanted Blomkampf to direct Star Wars when he’s more into political and social commentaries?

    • That guy is the last guy I would want to direct Star Wars. I really think Bird would have been perfect. Too bad that’s out of the question now…

  2. That exoskeleton looks kind of lame to me. For a movie set 100+ years in the future (and with a decent budget for special FX) it looks like something I could make in my garage from an old erector set, a BMX bike and some lawnmower parts.
    Although I like Damon, and the movie sounds interesting(The CHEMRAIL gun in particular sounds promising), I’m more interested in a new, darker Riddick film.

    • I think they’re just trying to ground it in reality instead of doing what they did in the 50s and giving us hover cars and housemaid robots and looking really dated considering some of those tv shows and movies were set 10 years ago and we still haven’t actually seen anything like it yet.

      This way, people in 100 years time who watch movies like Elysium can still sort of see the deeper meaning of the movie, enjoy the action and also say “hey, remember when that weapon was first invented?” or “at least it didn’t assume we’d have flying cars by now”.

    • The rudimentary tech of the exoskeleton stems from the fact that Matt Damon’s character is basically confined to a dilapidated Earth with little to no resources. All of the hi-tech, super sleek technology will be on the space station, which we will see very much in the film.

      • That’s kind of what I figured. Whoever Matt is in the movie he’s given cruddy equipment for the time period because what he’s wearing looks like something I saw on Nova:Science Now the other night…

  3. I’m so sick of waiting for Elysium. It’s been like…forever and all we get is pictures Matt Damon bald and like looking intense. NOT EVEN A TEASER NEAL?????

  4. give me a frikkin release date for Riddick already!!! Cant wait for Elysium either. hope we get a trailer for both soon.

    At one time they were saying Riddick could be released as early as January which obviously wont happen now, but still you would think we would have a release date this late in production.

  5. When did Damon get assimilated? :-D

  6. Too bad that Tandy Newton won’t be back for Riddick. She was smokin’ hot in those Necromonger dresses. :D

    • @TheLostWinchester

      Man, this comment needs the “Like” button…

  7. HA! I said the same thing you said in your first paragraph to a commenter in the Brad Bird Trevorrow article. I like Blomkamp but Starwars is not his thing

  8. The whole Riddick thing sounds like such a mess. Sounds like Diesel went around the world raising money all over to cobble together enough of a budget. Sounds a huge CF to me. Makes me wonder why Karl Urban, whose career is on the upward climb, would sign on for something like this.

  9. By reading about Elysium, I am reminded of a manga from Yukito Kishiro called Battle Angel Alita (or Gunnm) which James Cameron bought the copyrights for a movie adaptation. The world described here somewhat looks familiar to this post-apocalyptic world created by Kishiro. Here’s hoping there will be enough differences so the two upcoming movies will be considered as two different entities.

  10. Neil Blomkamp should write and direct PROMETHEUS 2

  11. …or even better, ALIEN 5!

    • I agree!

  12. Interesting.