What a relief. Only days ago I wrote a (somewhat) nasty little piece about why Neill Blomkamp should keep more than a ten-foot pole between himself and The Hobbit. And now it appears as if all the anxiety was for naught. It’s now being reported that the District 9 director will not be taking a four year trip to the Shire. Consider this writer relieved.
The word comes from Vulture, who got in touch with a source in Blomkamp’s camp (say that 10 times fast). Instead of The Hobbit, the young director with all the potential in the world will move on to another original sci-fi project called Elysium. The plot of which is being shrouded in secrecy.
With the financial future of MGM still hanging in the balance, The Hobbit is still in a tough spot. There are still plenty of directors that have caught the eye of Peter Jackson — including David Yates, who is right for it — and there’s always the possibility that Jackson will man up and direct it himself. Either way, progression toward production continues at a snail’s pace.
That said, I will be actively looking into Elysium. Whatever it is that Blomkamp is cooking up, I’m sure it will be of interest to us all.