News Nuggets: Updates on ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Community’ and more at Comic-Con

Matt Damon discusses “Elysium” and Oscars at Comic-Con: “Directed by Neill Blomkamp, of ‘District 9’ fame, ‘Elysium’ is set in the year 2159, where human beings have been split into two categories: poor and rich. The wealthy live in a space station called Elysium, filled with luxurious homes and lush scenery, whereas those without money are left to fend for themselves on a slum-filled planet Earth … From what Damon told us, it sounds like Blomkamp has lots in store for ‘Elysium,’ including action, gore and plenty of class warfare commentary. Damon also gave us some more insight on his character, Max, the film’s tone, his thoughts on ‘District 9’ and what he thinks of the Academy Awards.” MOVIEFONE

Peter Jackson considers making “The Hobbit” into three films instead of two: “Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ films already took an immense amount time to shoot. But now the acclaimed ‘Lord of the Rings’ director wouldn’t mind filming even more, as he and Warner Bros. are in ‘discussions’ of turning the second film into an ‘extended edition’ or even two different movies. HitFix asked Jackson at Comic-Con if he and his team was in fact considering splitting ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ — aka ‘The Hobbit 2.’ ‘That’s a discussion we’re having, yeah,’ Jackson said. ‘We have certainly been talking to the studio about some of the material we can’t film, and we’ve been asking them so we can do a bit more filming next year. Which, I don’t know what would come of that, whether it’d be extended editions or whatnot. But those discussions are ongoing.'” HITFIX

Vince Gilligan discusses his feelings about ending “Breaking Bad” after five seasons: “When you think of the great TV shows, the ones that lasted for many years, you’re not really thinking of the last few seasons, you’re thinking of the first 4, 5 or 6. It’s often the case with successful TV shows that they kind of inadvertently live on past their prime. It’s best to leave the audience wanting more. And particularly with a show like ‘Breaking Bad,’ which is by its design more closed-ended, it’s telling one specific story of change, and there’s only so much change any human being can believably go through. And I figure we’ve got about 16 more episodes left in us. That number could probably jockey for 2 or 3 episodes on either side of 16, but there’s not that big a range of possibilities left. I don’t want this show to feel like it’s treading water creatively.” DEADLINE

New “Community” showrunners try to put worried fans at ease at Comic-Con: “Of course, the panel kicked off with an introduction to the aforementioned producers, and what they had to say really boosted our confidence in their plans. ‘It’s all gonna be OK,’ [David] Guarascio said to the crowd. ‘A couple months ago we were a lot like most of you, just huge fans of the show… Suddenly now we’re here, helping to keep it going. The only thing we care about is keeping it this weird, wonderful gem… and that’s not going to change.’ Echoed [Moses] Port: ‘It’s also not us coming in and taking it on by ourselves. It’s the best cast on television… What I mean to say is, we won’t screw it up. We promise.'” TV LINE

Quentin Tarantino theorizes a connection between “Django Unchained” and “Shaft”: “Moderator (and EW movie reporter) Anthony Breznican asked Tarantino if ‘Django Unchained’ had any links to the greater Tarantino-verse established in his earlier movies. Regarding any possible links, Tarantino teased: ‘There is one, but I don’t want to say it. I want you to watch it and figure it out.’ However, he did claim boldly that [Jamie Foxx’s] Django and his wife, played by Kerry Washington, are the ancestors of a very famous cinematic icon. Washington, you see, plays a slave owned by a German family, with the very German name ‘Broomhilda von Schaft.’ Tarantino explained, ‘Her and Django will eventually have a baby, and then that baby will have a baby, and that baby will have a baby, and one of these days, John Shaft will be born!'” EW.COM

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