Designer's hearts are soaring with the news that Syd Mead (left), the legendary concept designer of films like Blade Runner and Tron (the original 1982 version), will be designing sets for Neil Blomkamp's next film. Mead (78) has signed on to design Neil Blomkamp's film Elysium set 100 years in the future. The film stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Sharlto Copley and will be shot in Vancouver and Mexico City this summer and fall. The film should be released around the end of 2012.
Neil Blomkamp's last film was the amazing District 9. Syd Mead was impressed enough with that film, which depicted aliens in South Africa, to sign on to design the sets of Blomkamp's Elysium. For Blomkamp, Mead is a huge catch.
Years ago, Syd Mead gave an amazing presentation at a conference on Technology, Media and Design I put together in Madison, Wisconsin. He and his partner Roger Servick are the most gracious people you can imagine and I enjoyed getting Christmas cards from them for years afterward. I was impressed that car designers traveled from Detroit to see Mead because of his early influence on concept car design. There are few films that hold a place in depicting the future like Blade Runner and Tron and now, working with Blomkamp, Mead has the opportunity to help create another legendary icon of futuristic films.