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 »

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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.

Check out the Chappie special effects wizardly after the jump! Read More »

Fox Picks Up ‘The Leviathan’

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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 »

Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides

Whether you’re into boxing, singing rodents, or BDSM, there’s something in here for you. After the jump:

  • Michael B. Jordan gets into fighting shape for Creed
  • The Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 cast continues to grow
  • The Sharknado labor strike rains down upon DC
  • Fifty Shades stars want bigger paychecks for the sequel
  • Spectre adds Stephanie Sigman as another Bond girl
  • A knife attack and an injury threaten Pirates 5
  • Nick Hornby shares his thoughts on a High Fidelity sequel
  • Neill Blomkamp has more stuff to say about Alien
  • Bradley Cooper did one day on the Wet Hot prequel

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Neill Blomkamp District 10

Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 was a milestone. A refreshing blend of faux-documentary style with blockbuster effects telling a story of substance and originality. It marked the arrival of a filmmaker who demanded to be noticed. He followed it up with Elysium, a visually gorgeous film filled with great ideas that never reaches its potential. Now he’s got Chappie, another great sci-fi idea that squanders its premise. How that film will do is anyone’s guess, but if I was a betting man, I’d say Blomkamp’s next movie – a new Alien film – had better be a hit or he’s going straight into director jail.

If either Chappie or Alien are big hits Blomkamp still wants to make a sequel to District 9, a project regularly but not officially referred to as District 10. In fact, he even has a new idea for the sequel, but feels like he couldn’t do it justice until he gets away from his aesthetic for a while. Read the Neill Blomkamp District 10 quotes below. Read More »

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Following the Oscar-nominated District 9, Neill Blomkamp’s sophomore effort Elysium proved a major disappointment. Even Blomkamp himself knows it, and his recent admission that he “fucked it up” by pressing ahead with a script that “just wasn’t there” seemed like an encouraging step in the right direction.

But acknowledging your mistakes isn’t the same thing as figuring out how to avoid them. Unfortunately, Chappie indicates that, like the childlike protagonist that gives the film its name, Blomkamp still has a lot to learn. Read our full Chappie review after the jump. Read More »