The first official trailer for Neill Blomkamp's Elysium starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster was released Tuesday. We couldn't help but be amused at several elements that tied the sci-fi parable on class warfare to the Halo franchise for the Xbox and Xbox 360. And why wouldn't it? Blomkamp was originally slated to direct the Halo film that was ultimately shelved in 2007.
The most immediate striking similarity between Elysium and Halo is the use of a ringworld/space station. The design used in the movie is officially known as a a Stanford torus space habitat that features a central hub and spokes while the Halo rings are much larger and loosely based on the Bishop ring. Still, the view of the horizon arching up into the sky is unmistakable.
Another amusing, almost inside joke, similarity is the name of the ring itself which shares the same name as the title of the film - Elysium. In the Halo lore, Master Chief was originally born on the colony world of Eridanus II in...Elysium City.
There are numerous other similarities such as the transport craft used in Elysium looking similar to the Pelican from Halo. To be fair though, that model was borrowed from James Cameron's Aliens.
Many of the concepts presented in both Elysium and Halo have been around for decades. Still, as fans of Halo and its various sources of official lore, there's something uncanny about Matt Damon's character being fitted into a powered exoskeleton armor even it if it is no where near as complete as Master Chief's Mjolnir armor.
Blomkamp indicated in an interview with IGN that he would still like to make a Halo movie. We can't help but get the feeling that, in a way, Elysium, is the director's way of teasing both Microsoft and fans of the game with examples of what could have been.