January 19, 2011

Syd Mead Hired To Design Sets For Neill Blomkamp's Elysium

Deadline reports Neill Blomkamp has reached out to legendary science fiction designer Syd Mead to create sets for next film Elysium. Mead is a hard get as he doesn't often do work for films. His previous design work includes sets and vehicles for Aliens and Blade Runner. Syd's detailed set work is one of the major reasons I love those movies. Blomkamp seems to be throwing down a gauntlet reserved for directors like Ridley Scott and James Cameron. Expect big things from this gestating project which is set 100 years in the future and on another planet.

This seems like the next step for the epic sounding science fiction thriller. Blomkamp has written the script with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley locked in to star in the film. The site also mentions an intention for the release date to be sometime during the holiday season of 2012. This could be the first competition to part one of Peter Jackson's Hobbit.

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