May The 4th: The Star Wars References In Neill Blomkamp’s Script For Elysium

I think a lot of people would like to see District 9‘s Neill Blomkamp direct a Star Wars movie, and that number will likely bloom after his second feature, Elysium, is released in August. I’m already in the club. Adding Blomkamp to Star Wars would make me very excited about that series in a way I haven’t been in a long, long time.

And I suspect that Blomkamp would really like the job. The clues are in his work.  There’s a very real stylistic lineage between the look that Lucas established for his saga and the extended scenes of Elysium I’ve previewed.

It’s not coypism, though. Here are examples of an Elysium droid and a Star Wars droid.

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Some definite visual consistency but the difference isn’t just the intervening years of fresh influence from Jony Ive, Chris Cunningham and countless manga and anime designs.

Blomkamp does call his droids ‘droids’ all the way through the Elysium script – and that’s probably the most subtle of his references to Star Wars.

Here are a couple more. I don’t think they constitute spoilers at all – not even to the extent of some throwaway shots we saw in the trailer.

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Okay, I’m only quoting three distinct Star Wars references from a script of over 100 pages. Might not seem like a lot.

But there’s nothing else in the script that’s anything like this. No other character, costume, set, prop or action beat is described in reference to any other film or TV or pop culture element of any kind.


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