‘Elysium’ Director Neill Blomkamp Says He’s “Not the Right Guy” for ‘Star Wars’

By June 17, 2013

Now that Man of Steel is in our collective rearview mirror, the Internet dictates that we must immediately start looking ahead to the next big thing. One of our most anticipated films of the year is Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, his sci-fi follow up to the Oscar-nominated District 9, and that movie hits theaters on August 9th. To tide us over until then, Blomkamp has made some interesting statements recently which we thought were worth discussing.

When it was announced that Disney purchased Lucasfilm and new Star Wars movies would be made, fans quickly started churning out lists of who they thought would be the best directors to return to George Lucas’ cinematic universe. Blomkamp’s name was on almost every one of those lists because of the immense talent he showed in District 9 and also because of his history with science fiction and how he came THISCLOSE to directing a massive Halo film a few years back. Obviously J.J. Abrams has scored the director’s chair for Star Wars: Episode VII, but because Disney plans to make tons of Star Wars movies in the foreseeable future, there was still a chance that Blomkamp and people like Guillermo del Toro or even Zack Snyder could step into that galaxy far, far away. But speaking with IGN, Blomkamp has removed himself from the selection process before offers even start going out. Here’s what he had to say:

“No. I don’t think so. I love Star Wars. I really, really love Star Wars. But I’m not the right guy. And also, just taking ideas that already exist in Hollywood is just not for me.”

It takes a lot of balls for a director to stick with only making original projects in today’s economic landscape, but it also gives them something that many other directors are sorely lacking: a true recognizable voice. Writer/directors like Blomkamp, Rian Johnson, are Martin McDonagh are some of the most exciting people working right now, and even though they may not be household names yet, you know immediately that when you watch their work, you’re going to see something that you wouldn’t see anywhere else.

The possibilities for Star Wars are limitless at this early stage in the franchise’s rebirth, and while many fans might be disappointed that Blomkamp won’t bring his vision to the property, I’m actually much more excited about the director continuing to bring us original works with his own unique filmmaking brand all over them instead of stepping into a pre-established hierarchy. What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.

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