Elysium is another original property and once again looks to be tackling the big issues of the day: Namely the immigration debate.
The film is said to have screened for preview audiences and the ticket came with a fairly detailed synopsis for the thus far mysterious title:
In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
Much like District 9, it appears Elysium is going to be very up front about its allegories, I hope we hear an Elysium resident privately shipping in Earth-dwellers to tend to their space-gardens. Yet it will still probably have more subtlety and grace of theme in a single line of dialogue than the entirety of Avatar. If the focus on character is as strong (and it should be, given the excellent cast) and the action is impressive enough, then this could be another winner for the genre.
Elysium is due for release early 2013 and stars Matt Damon, Jodi Foster, Wagner Moura, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner and Diego Luna.