Chappie visual effects

Earlier this summer, we featured a very brief look at the visual effects that helped bring Neill Blomkamp‘s futuristic fairytale Chappie to life. A live performance on set was done with Sharlto Copley (District 9), and then the actor was replaced entirely with visual effects, and now we get to see just how perfectly the effects mirror Copley’s performance.

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Prometheus 2 production

Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus 2 finally seems to be on track, with shooting expected to begin in January 2016. But there’s been no word yet on a timetable for that other Alien movie, the one being directed by Neill Blomkamp. Turns out Prometheus 2 might be the reason why.

Rumor has it 20th Century Fox is holding off on Blomkamp’s Alien 5, which Scott is also producing, until Prometheus 2 is done. More about the Prometheus 2 Alien 5 delay after the jump.  Read More »

Neill Blomkamp Alien room

After District 9, Elysium and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp teased concept art from an Alien franchise movie that he’d been working on outside of 20the Century Fox, the studio decided to pick up the sci-fi sequel, and it’s now supposed to be his next project.

Since then, Blomkamp has only teased one more piece of concept art, and while there’s been some talk about this new movie disregarding the events of Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, it’s not entirely clear how the new film will settle in with the previous chapters of the Alien franchise.

However, it appears Blomkamp is hard at work developing the movie as the filmmaker recently shared a photo on Instagram showing off what appears to be his own personal Alien room, with four televisions and what looks like a bunch of concept art for his forthcoming movie. Check out the cool Neill Blomkamp Alien room below! Read More »

Prometheus 2 production

Ever since Prometheus hit the big screen in 2012, despite a certain amount of disappointment with director Ridley Scott‘s return to sci-fi, there has been desire by many to see where Prometheus 2 would take the story. Even those less than impressed by the film seemed interested in the potential of improving on the shaky groundwork laid by what amounted to an Alien prequel.

At one time we thought an untitled Ridley Scott film set for a March 2016 release was going to be Prometheus 2, but it ended up being The Martian. That was bumped up to a theatrical debut this fall. Since then we haven’t heard when we might see the Prometheus sequel come together, especially with Blade Runner 2 in the works. Now word has surfaced on when production will get underway. Find out when Prometheus 2 production may begin after the jump! Read More »

new Alien concept art

The story of Neill Blomkamp‘s proposed Alien movie is a weird one, as some of the development of the film has unfolded in public thanks to the director’s Instagram account and his use of concept art releases to build momentum for the potential sequel. Now Blomkamp has shared a piece of new Alien concept art, featuring Sigourney Weaver‘s Ripley and a scarred character obviously meant to be Michael Biehn‘s Hicks. Read More »

Chappie special effects

Even though this year’s sci-fi flick Chappie may not have been anywhere near as poignant or impressive as director Neill Blomkamp‘s previous effort District 9, you can’t deny that the film has some unbelievable special effects.

Bringing the titular artificially intelligent robot to life is quite a feat, and it was done with a combination of visual effects and a live-action reference performance by Sharlto Copley. With Chappie arriving on Blu-Ray and DVD on June 16th, a short new featurette has popped up with some cool before-and-after shots of Copley acting on set in a body suit and battery pack placed side-by-side with the finished visual effects shot from the movie.

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Fox Picks Up ‘The Leviathan’

the leviathan movie

Movement on Ruairi Robinson‘s proposed sci-fi film The Leviathan happened fast. The director posted a proof of concept trailer just days ago, which led to Neill Blomkamp and Simon Kinberg joining the project as producers. Now Fox has bought the The Leviathan movie pitch and the script for the film, written by Jim Uhls (Fight Club). Read More »

Neill Blomkamp Alien

Neill Blomkamp revealed his ideas for a new Alien movie, and soon after his deal to make them a reality, during the promotional runup to his latest film, Chappie. Now that Chappie has been out for a couple weeks, all the focus is likely to go to Alien in the months going forward. And in a new podcast appearance, Blomkamp is already talking about the upcoming film. Specifically, he talks about its relationship to Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus films, saying that he had to change one thing in order to avoid getting in Scott’s way. Read More »

Leviathan concept trailer

Ruairi Robinson‘s proof of concept trailer for The Leviathan became an overnight sensation when it hit Vimeo and YouTube last week, and Hollywood has taken notice. A feature film is now in the works with two men who know a thing or two about bringing vast sci-fi universes to life: Simon Kinberg (X-Men) and Neill Blomkamp (Chappie). More on The Leviathan movie after the jump.  Read More »