Following the release of District 9, Neill Blomkamp was one of the most exciting young directors working in cinema. His indie science fiction film felt grounded and believable, tackling racial tensions and discrimination in a way which most hadn’t seen before, and as a directorial debut, it was incredibly impressive.
However, since then Blomkamp has failed to capture the magic that made his first feature-length film so memorable, despite sticking to similar themes with movies such as Elysium and Chappie.
Neill Blomkamp and Matt Damon on the set of Elysium (2013)
With this in mind, the news that Captain America’s Chris Evans is set to star in Blomkamp’s next movie is both welcome and exciting. Greenland is a disaster movie which will attempt to tug at the heartstrings by focusing on one family and their fight for survival, with Blomkamp possibly taking a step away from contained science fiction in order to tell a more action-packed story.
Initially this description doesn’t sound wholly original, with recent releases such as 2012, Into the Storm, San Andreas, and many more boasting suspiciously similar premises, but the takeaway is that Evans is on board and will be looking to prove that he can draw as a leading man outside of the Marvel machine.
Evans’ star power could well be the catalyst Blomkamp needs to get back to where he was in 2009, and hopefully the film will mark an upturn in fortune for the director following the disappointing situation surrounding his cancelled foray into the Alien franchise.
Principal photography for Greenland is set to take place in the fourth quarter of 2018, with the film yet to receive an official release date.