Neill Blomkamp’s new project is Elysium...

...and not The Hobbit

Neil Blomkamp

Neill Blomkamp’s representatives have denied that he will be directing The Hobbit.

Yes, just as speculation began over whether the District 9 director would be heading down to the Shires, it’s all over.

But Blomkamp’s representatives have given as they have taken away, revealing that his new film will be called Elysium.

Blomkamp hasn’t revealed much about self-penned sci-fi script saying, “Hopefully, this will be a bit unique, very much a reflection of me. It is absolutely another science fiction film, quite different from District 9, but some of the blending of genres and the tone might be within the same realm.”

It’s no wonder that Blomkamp is turning his back on the financially unstable major studios at the moment. When his deal with Media Rights Capital was announced it was also confirmed that he would be given creative freedom and an ownership stake in the film.

What would you like to see from Blomkamp in Elysium?

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 25th 2010, 9:48

      Good, keep him away from The Hobbit.

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    • DrStrangelove

      Jun 25th 2010, 12:25

      Why don't they ask Terry Gilliam to direct it? He would do a great job!

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    • agentblackacid

      Jun 26th 2010, 0:13

      Good on him and all power to Neil. I would hate for him to get sucked into the Hollywood machine at this formative stage in his career. As Ii said on earlier threads, it didn't do David Lynch any favours when he got sucked into Dune and I don't think The Hobbit would be a good learning curve for Blomkamp. He needs to stick to projects over which he has creative control and prove himself... the political, racially charged first half of District 9 was great but the 2nd half smacked of mainstream, studio w****ry....

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    • nexus6

      Nov 29th 2010, 0:29

      @agentblackacid Disagree. 2nd half of District 9 absolutely delivered, with the MNU and nigerians getting their just deserts. The trauma of Wikus being forced to use the alien weaponry is satisfyingly compensated by seeing him use it on his tormentors and watching their heads explode and bodies disintegrated all over the place. I only wish they showed more of the sergeant getting his limbs torn off.

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