‘Elysium: The Art of the Film’ details Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi tale

Aug. 06, 2013 | 11:48 a.m.

From "Elysium: The Art of the Film." Motion Picture Artwork and Photography © 2013 TriStar Pictures Inc. All rights reserved.

From "Elysium: The Art of the Film." Motion Picture Artwork and Photography © 2013 TriStar Pictures Inc. All rights reserved.

From "Elysium: The Art of the Film." Motion Picture Artwork and Photography © 2013 TriStar Pictures Inc. All rights reserved.

From "Elysium: The Art of the Film." Motion Picture Artwork and Photography © 2013 TriStar Pictures Inc. All rights reserved.

From "Elysium: The Art of the Film." Motion Picture Artwork and Photography © 2013 TriStar Pictures Inc. All rights reserved.

From "Elysium: The Art of the Film." Motion Picture Artwork and Photography © 2013 TriStar Pictures Inc. All rights reserved.

Neill Blomkamp’s second feature “Elysium” opens in theaters Friday, but a new book out Tuesday showcases the unique production design of the politically minded sci-fi tale.

“Elysium: The Art of the Film,” written by Mark Salisbury, collects production art, photos and cast and crew commentary and includes a foreword by Blomkamp.

Hero Complex readers can click through the gallery above to see a selection of images from the book.

Blomkamp won a massive following with his full-length debut, 2009′s South African-set “District 9,” which earned upwards of $115 million in North America and received an Oscar nomination for best picture, and “Elysium” arrives with a great deal of fan anticipation.

Set in 2154, the film stars Matt Damon as the heavily tattooed Max Da Costa, a down-on-his-luck reformed thief who embarks on a desperate mission to break into the orbiting space station Elysium, a verdant outpost where poverty and disease have been eradicated.

Jodie Foster plays a scheming politician determined to protect the enclave from interlopers, while “District 9″ star Sharlto Copley is a black ops enforcer named Kruger.

Blomkamp said the story of haves and have-nots was inspired by the communities of Bel-Air and Beverly Hills as well as wealthy sections of his home city, Johannesburg.

“If there isn’t a deep core reason for a film existing, what is the point?” he said.

– Gina McIntyre and Rebecca Keegan | @LATHeroComplex

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