There was a point not too long ago when Nell Blomkamp was best known as the director chewed up and spit out by the would-be Halo movie. One surprise hit later, and Hollywood is clamoring to get into business with the District 9 filmmaker. Media Rights Capital agreed to finance his next film, Elysium, an original and “unabashedly big” sci-fi project is set in 100 years in the future on another planet that stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Sharlto Copley. Sony acquired the distribution rights yesterday for a reported pricetag of $120 million with plans for a late 2012 release.
Deadline updated their report on the deal with the news that MRC has already greenlit Blomkamp’s next film, Chappie, as part of an overall deal with the director. The report suggests Chappie will go into production immediately after Elysium wraps. We barely know anything about Elysium, so obviously the relevant parties aren’t ready to reveal plot details for Chappie. Well I don’t know about you, but this thing looks like a “Chappie” if I ever saw one.