For his second film, Neill Blomkamp chose to follow District 9 with a vision of class warfare as seen through a sci-fi lens. Elysium, starring Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, and Jodie Foster, has some great concepts and in many cases is executed well. But the movie faltered significantly, with Copley’s over the top villain contrasting with the grimy and ugly underclass seen in detail in the first act, and then, well, whatever Jodie Foster was doing, which just didn’t click. Now Blomkamp is being more candid than we ever see from most directors, saying “I feel like I f*cked it up” when talking about the movie. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Fox is making Neill Blomkamp‘s new Alien movie, and Sigourney Weaver is definitely on board to reprise her Ellen Ripley role. And while we still don’t know the story, despite the teasing glimpses provided in concept art such as the pieces above, we do know something new: Blomkamp’s Alien will basically disregard Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection as the director says he’s designing the film to sit in sequence after Aliens.
Check out a video interview with Blomkamp and Weaver discussing the next Alien film, below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
We’re going to see that Neill Blomkamp Alien movie after all.
Details are scarce but Wednesday afternoon, the District 9 and Chappie director tweeted that his radical reimagining of the Alien universe – which was first revealed via concept art – will “officially” be his next film. Variety then confirmed the fact with 20th Century Fox and found out Ridley Scott is producing. Read more below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
Last week, Sony released the new trailer for Neill Blomkamp‘s Chappie. For this film, the director of District 9 and Elysium is back with another tale about both the dangers and positive potential of technology. This time, the film stars Sharlto Copley (District 9) as a newly created artificially intelligent robot who has the potential to save, and to scare the world. Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Dev Patel are among the co-stars.
The latest trailer was kind of divisive. There was plenty of cool action and an obvious focus on the emotion and characters of the film, but some felt that maybe it was all a bit much. Maybe Blomkamp was biting off more than he could chew. Would the slow motion action scenes feel right after spending time with a robot who is basically a small child? Would that growing up stuff fit in a movie where Hugh Jackman pilots a massive robot?
A new UK trailer has now been released and while it won’t answer those questions just yet, it definitely leans heavier on the emotional side of the film. Check out the UK Chappie trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 9th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
This new Chappie trailer really makes Neill Blomkamp‘s latest film out to look like his own RoboCop. There’s the designer played by Hugh Jackman who is trying to push a new military/police technology, with a design that looks a lot like the ED-209. There’s the advent of a new drone police force, and the one who ends up with a more-human-than-robot consciousness. But is that just an easy sales pitch to hide the film’s true personality? Check out the trailer below and see if you can figure it out. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Neill Blomkamp has already given us an alien movie, but it seems he could have also given us an Alien movie. The District 9 director posted some very interesting pictures from an Alien project he was working on at one point but has since left. The trove of images include illustrations of an older Ripley and a scarred-up Hicks, concept art of a Weyland-Yutani building, a photo of a xenomorph model, and much more. See all the Neill Blomkamp Alien material after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
The first Chappie trailer is here. The third film from Neill Blomkamp tells the story of an intelligent robot child which may be the next step in evolution. That scares people, and while the cast-off ‘bot’s existence starts off tough, things get even worse when he’s abducted. Sharlto Copley voices the performance-capture main character and Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman co-star. It opens March 6. Check out the first Chappie trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Those block letters spell out the name of a strange robot who also happens to be the title character in the third film written and directed by South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp (Elysium, District 9). This time, Blomkamp scripted with Terri Tatchell based in part on the director’s own faux commercial Tetra Vaal, embedded below. Sony has kept Chappie mostly locked up in secret over the last year as the picture shot in South Africa, but the first trailer drops tomorrow, Tuesday November 4. In the meantime, check out the robot’s attitude in the Chappie poster below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
After two movies filled with massive sci-fi action, it seems Neill Blomkamp is going a bit more emotional for his latest film. Sony very quietly kicked off the marketing campaign for Chappie at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, with a big banner and a window cling handed to fans as they walked by the booth. Most fans were confused by the swag, which shows a rudimentary drawing of two parents, one holding a gun, alongside a robot. But it’s an incredibly intriguing image for the March 2015 release, which stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Sharlto Copley as the title character. See the Chappie Comic Con swag and read more below. Read More »