‘Elysium’ Isn’t Necessarily an Alien Movie Says Simon Kinberg

The producer also reveals Neill Blomkamp’s mysterious outer space thriller is very different from ‘District 9’.

Producer Simon Kinberg says Elysium won't be an alien movie
Producer Simon Kinberg says Elysium won't be an alien movie
Director Neill Blomkamp is gearing up to start shooting his next project Elysium, with a cast that includes Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Sharlto Copley. Producer Simon Kinberg recently spoke about the project, and while he wouldn't say much about the story, he indicated Elysium isn't exactly an alien movie, and will be very different from Neill Blomkamp's first movie, District 9. Here's what he had to say below.

"I can't tell you about the content of Elysium but I can tell you, it won't really be... it's a very different movie than anything you've ever seen before. It's not necessarily an alien movie. He set himself up, because [District 9] was one of the greatest first films any director's ever made. I'm hoping that this movie has an opportunity to be even better. He was very young when he directed that movie, he was like 26 or 27. He's only 31 now. He's learned as a filmmaker, he's evolved as a filmmaker. Visually, stylistically it's actually very different than District 9."

The producer also said he would, "literally will be murdered in my sleep if I tell you too much more." However, he did go on to address the large themes and social issues present in Elysium.

"I can't tell you what the big themes are, but I can tell you that there are big themes. He's someone who's really interested in the world. He's not a filmmaker who's only interested in other movies. He's somebody who's interested in the politics of the world, the reality of the world. Whatever kind of movie he makes in whatever genre, it's never simply going to be a synthetic movie about the movies he liked growing up. It's always going to be about something bigger, and this movie is too."

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Elysium was released August 9th, 2013 and stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, Brandon Auret. The film is directed by Neill Blomkamp.

Sources: io9
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Comments (17)

  1. Replicant

    26? I think he meant 26 when he directed the short film version of District 9

    4 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  2. skywise

    Great cast, promising director...I'm there...aliens or no.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. Worth5Bucks


    4 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  4. The King of Thorns

    Couldn't have said it better myself, @insertusernamehere.

    4 years agoby @rexspinasFlag

  5. Nautical

    Aw man i want aliens....oh well.

    I wonder where that pictures is from.

    4 years agoby @nautical05Flag

  6. Cripple

    Can't wait to see this.

    4 years agoby @crippleFlag

  7. thrashnasty190

    @daveactor7@bawnian-dexeus Me too guys, glory days of Cartoon Network

    4 years agoby @thrashnasty190Flag

  8. sylar


    4 years agoby @sylarFlag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @daveactor7@ChiRep-1 How I do miss those days

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. Rudy

    Simon will have to file a report with the police for being threatened by Blomkamp....

    4 years agoby @rudyFlag

  11. ZanyZap

    @insertusernamehere: Indeed, he is.

    4 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  12. ChiRep_1

    @daveactor7 Lol exactly what I was thinking

    4 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  13. T.Clark

    Blomkamp is the future.

    4 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  14. TheMime

    The cast says it all.... It is possible that it is going to be an awesome show.....Hope that it is...

    4 years agoby @themimeFlag

  15. Dan

    Pretty vague statements, but happy to hear it.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  16. Daveactor7

    That picture reminds me of the toonami guy

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

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