Here’s some concept art from the development of the movie Elysium. The artwork is by Ben Mauro – one of several artists who worked on the movie – and was released on his website earlier this year.
In addition to its third act plot holes, one of the problems many sci-fi fans were keen to point out at the time of the movie’s release was that the Stanford torus lacked a visible ceiling (something needed to keep all that lovely, fresh elitist air from escaping into space). Interestingly, this concept art shows that the orbital habitat was originally designed to include this vital feature.
The concept art also shows some new gadgets (including a huge mech) and scenes that did not make it into the final cut. The removal of Elysium’s roof was probably part of a wider streamlining of the plot, which is likely also responsible for some of those nasty plot holes.
Oh look, it’s Jodie Foster enjoying her own private smug-booth.
Have you ever noticed that sci-fi prison cells never have toilets, even when depicting a dark, gritty future. Maybe these cyborgs don’t need to pee but instead produce small pellets that can be easily swept up with a dustpan.
Nice to see East Asia for a change. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that continents other than North America can also be seen from space.
Hell yeah! Mega-mech crushes the poor! Because this is clearly more cost effective than charging people to use your magical health machine.
Is that a force field bubble torch, or has Matt Damon been taking lessons in airbending from Avatar Aang?
Artwork by Ben Mauro.