Elysium sequel

The year is 2013, and Neill Blomkamp is still a promising up-and-coming director riding a wave of positive buzz for his feature film debut, District 9, which earned four Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. His new follow-up film, Elysium, earns more money at the worldwide box office, but fails to garner the same level of critical praise as District 9.

The year is 2017. Blomkamp has since released the much-maligned sci-fi movie Chappie, and though he’s still making exciting short films, he seems to have lost a bit of luster on the big screen. Now Blomkamp says he’d be interested in making an Elysium 2 that clarifies some of the themes he was attempting to explore the first time around.
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neill blomkamp short

After months of teasers and social media hints, Neill Blomkamp is getting the ball rolling with his experimental short film project Oats Studios. The studio’s latest release is a creepy 22-minute sci-fi short starring Dakota Fanning and Jose Pablo Cantillo as they try to escape an amorphous monster in a remote outpost in the Arctic.

The short, Zygote, is the third film released by Oats Studio in the past month that has been co-written and directed by Blomkamp.

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neill blomkamp talks chappie

Every director has their hits and misses, and Neill Blomkamp is no exception. After exploding on the scene with his revelatory 2009 alien movie District 9, all eyes were on Blomkamp. He followed up with rumors about Halo and Alien movies, and two middling sci-fi films in 2013 and 2015, Elysium and Chappie. Both were blasted by critics and received tepid reactions at the box office, but only the criticism to one still stings Blomkamp to this day: Chappie.

Chappie was an intensely personal film for Blomkamp, and one that he came out of believing that he had nailed the vision he had for this film. So he was shocked by the scathing reviews, and he revealed that they still haunt him two years later.

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oats studios trailer

The offerings from Neill Blomkamp‘s Oats Studios looks more bonkers by the minute.

The experimental short film studio from the director of District 9, Elysium and Chappie dropped a second teaser trailer Monday, and it’s chock full of new footage of creepy aliens, gory bodies, and Sigourney Weaver. Hey, since we’re not getting Blomkamp’s Alien 5, I’ll take it.

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neill blomkamp sequels

Neill Blomkamp may be temporarily stepping away from feature films to focus his energies on his new experimental Oats Studios, but that doesn’t mean he’s not entertaining the notion of returning to the world of District 9, the sci-fi movie that put him on the map.

It does mean, however, that he’s finally killing that Alien 5 project that he’s been been teasing for a long, long time.

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neill blomkamp oats studios

Neill Blomkamp broke into the scene with shorts like Landfall and Alive in Joburg, a gritty sci-fi documentary that became the basis for his feature film debut and biggest hit to date, District 9.

After making the modestly-to-poorly received sci-fi films Elysium and Chappie, Blomkamp may be stepping away from trying to live up to early praise of him as the next exciting sci-fi director, and going back to his roots: short films. Blomkamp has been teasing his mysterious Oats Studios project for a while, but a new teaser reveals a hint of what the director’s experimental short film initiative will look like.

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Ripley returns

In about two weeks, we’ll have a good idea of how hungry the world is for more Alien films. Sir Ridley Scott has a couple of sequels in mind, and he envisions himself ready to shoot one next year after he makes All the Money in the World. Right now, Scott is steering the Alien ship, and it probably won’t ever make a stop for Neill Blomkamp‘s untitled Alien film.

Below, Ridley Scott discusses Blomkamp’s Alien sequel.

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Chappie sequel

Any way you slice it, Chappie was a dud. It put in a meager showing at the box office and brought director Neill Blomkamp some of the worst reviews of his career. And though it’s got some defenders, they haven’t really coalesced into anything you’d call a cult following. But in case you were still wondering about the prospects of a Chappie sequel, Blomkamp is here to put those questions to rest: no, you should not expect to see a Chappie 2 anytime soon.  Read More »

Clive Owen in BMW Films' The Escape short film (The Hire) directed by Neill Blomkamp

It seems like everything’s getting a sequel nowadays, and apparently that even includes popular marketing campaigns from the early 2000s. Last month we showed you the first sneak peek at The Escape, the latest installment in BMW’s short film series The Hire. The original project consisted of eight episodes released between 2001 and 2002 and directed by all manner of high-profile filmmakers like Ang Lee, Guy Ritchie, Wong Kar-wai, and Alejandro González Iñárritu, each one starring Clive Owen as the mysterious hero known only as The Driver.

Owen is back behind the wheel of the new short as well, this one directed by Neill Blomkamp and surrounded by top-notch co-stars like Dakota FanningJon Bernthal, and Vera Farmiga. Today we’ve got the brand-new The Escape short film to share with you, and you can watch it below.  Read More »

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Clive Owen in BMW Films' The Escape (The Hire) directed by Neill Blomkamp

Before The Knick or Children of Men or Inside Man or even The Bourne Identity, Clive Owen was best known to U.S. audiences as The Driver, the nameless and unflappably cool hero of BMW’s short film series The Hire. The projects yielded eight installments in total, released from 2001 to 2002, and attracted a variety of high-profile filmmakers from Ang Lee to Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Now, fifteen years later, the Driver is getting ready to get back on the road. Owen has teamed up with director Neill Blomkamp for another BMW short film, The Escape. This one co-stars Dakota Fanning, Vera Farmiga, and Jon Bernthal, and looks positively jam-packed with big, shiny action. Check out a teaser — and revisit some of our favorite episodes from the past — below the jump.  Read More »