Great news! South African born director Neill Blomkamp is bringing out another Science Fiction film this year. Blomkamp gained fame as the director of the 2009 film District 9 (which was set in Johannesburg, South Africa).
Neill Blomkamp was born in 1979 in Johannesburg. He moved to Canada with his family when he was 18 years old where he enrolled in the Vancouver Film School. Before he started to make movies he was involved in 3D animation for TV shows like Smallville, Stargate SG-1, First Wave and Dark Angel. He also worked on TV adverts for Nike, Citroën and Gatorade and directed 5 short films before 2007.
The 2009 film District 9 was the big break he waited for. The film was produced by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, was made on a budget of about $30 million and earned over $210 million at the box office. The film also received 4 Academy Awards nominations in 2010.
The upcoming Neill Blomkamp film will be called Elysium and will feature appearances by Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley (the leading actor in District 9), Wagner Moura, Alice Braga and Carly Pope. Besides directing the film, Blomkamp also wrote the screenplay.
Elysium was shot at locations in Canada and Mexico and has an estimated budget of $120 million. The film is not related to District 9 but Blomkamp has said that he wants to continue that particular film series at some stage. Elysium is scheduled for release in August 2013 in the United States. No release date has been confirmed for South Africa yet, but keep an eye out on the Nu Metro website for updates about this.
The Movie Trailer for the new Neill Blomkamp film was released a few hours ago. Check it out below:
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