Sony Pictures has won the bidding war to distribute Neill Blomkamp's thriller Elysium, with Universal Pictures in talks to co-finance the project.
Matt Damon's Elysium lands at Sony Pictures
Neill Blomkamp started setting up meetings with other studios today, but those meetings were canceled after the Sony/Universal scenario came together. We reported last week that Jodie Foster joined the movie alongside Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley.
Little is known about the storyline of Elysium, although it is believed to be set 100 years in the future on another planet. Elysium is slated for release in late 2012, with pre-production set to start in April, and filming slated to begin in July. Filming will take place in Vancouver and Mexico City.
Media Rights Capital, which is producing Elysium, has also signed a deal for another Neill Blomkamp project entitled Chappie. That movie will start production immediately after Elysium finishes. No plot details were revealed for Chappie.
Elysium comes to theaters August 9th, 2013 and stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Michael Shanks, Talisa Soto, Diego Luna. The film is directed by Neill Blomkamp.