Neill Blomkamp Escapes ‘The Hobbit,’ Moves on to ‘Elysium’

Neil Blomkamp

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.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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