robocop returns

Remember that new RoboCop movie that Neil “Chappie” Blomkamp was going to direct? Well, it’s still happening. Blomkamp took to social media to give some updates on the film, called RoboCop Returns. According to the filmmaker, the script is still being hammered out. In addition to that, Blomkamp says he definitely plans to use the original RoboCop costume – which means we don’t have to worry about any dumb updates like in the forgettable RoboCop remake from 2014.

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Neil Blomkamp short film

Neil Blomkamp, the father of Chappie, is back with another visually stunning short film featuring one of Blomkamp’s favorite tropes: robots! Titled Praetoria, this is more of a test reel than a full short film, but it gives you another glimpse of what Blomkamp has been up to lately. Watch the new Neil Blomkamp short film below.

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Last month, director Neill Blomkamp officially revealed his Oats Studios project, a series of short films that would be released for free on YouTube and Steam (a wildly popular platform for PC games). The first of those shorts, titled Rakka, is online and you watch it right now.

As you’d expect from a film directed by the man behind District 9, Elysium, and Chappie, this short is about as NSFW as you can get…unless your workplace is perfectly fine with harsh language and extreme violence.

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For his follow-up to 2009’s District 9, Neill Blomkamp is heading back to sci-fi. Elysium depicts a divided 22nd century society in which the extremely wealthy reside comfortably in an immaculate space station (called Elysium, hence the title), while everyone else ekes out a living on a ruined Earth. The first photos showed Matt Damon as Max, a desperate man who needs to cross that divide, and Sharlto Copley as Kruger, the dirty bounty hunter on his tail.

Now, the newest images highlight a character from the other segment of that population. Jodie Foster plays Secretary Delacourt, who’ll do whatever it takes to maintain the hard line separating the haves from the have-nots. Obviously, that means trying to keep Max the hell out of her beloved Elysium. Check out her pictures after the jump.

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As Hollywood pushes for 3D, 4D, 48 fps, 60 fps, and Lord knows whatever comes next, a couple of high-profile directors have declared their allegiance to the old ways. Peter Jackson protégé and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp has stated his preference for good old-fashioned 2D over 3D and 24 fps over Jackson’s controversial use of 48 fps for The Hobbit. Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan has gone one step further by declaring that, in fact, he’s never met anybody who actually likes 3D. Read their comments after the jump.

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District 9 Teaser Trailer: The Uncensored Version


The teaser trailer for Neil Blomkamp’s District 9 debuted just the other day, and regardless of whether or not you appreciated its faux-documentary style, I think it’s pretty safe to say that Blomkamp’s visual style is unique and, in my opinion, spectacular. One of the critical moments in the teaser is an exchange that takes place between a human and an alien who is sitting behind a table in an interrogation room. The alien responds to some basic questions, but we don’t see what the alien’s “face” looks like (it’s blurred out, Cops style), nor do we understand what it is saying.

Now, via IMDB, a new trailer has surfaced which removes the blur and adds in some English subtitles for the alien language. I for one was kind of a fan of the mysterious undertones of the original teaser, but the subtitles give further hints as to the plot/setting/circumstances of the new film. Hit the jump to check out the trailer, then hit the comments to let us know what you think.
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Neil Blomkamp’s Halo Short Film

Halo 3 Short

Okay, so we wouldn’t normally post a commercial for a video game but this one is different. It’s a live action commercial for Halo 3 directed by Neil Blomkamp, who was announced by Peter Jackson as the director of the Halo feature film. The studios were unhappy to hand the big screen adaptation to a virtual newcomer (he’s done commercials) and the project has since fallen into development hell. This short film/advertisement also features special effects done by Peter Jackson’s WETA Digital. I went in wanting to love this. I wanted to stand up from my computer chair furious at the movie studios who obviously couldn’t see vision if it smacked them in the face. But truth is, the short is not very impressive at all. It would have been impressive if it was fan made. But I expect more from the guy who was almost given hundreds of millions of dollars to make the feature film. I want to see a Halo movie, but it has to be done right. Check out the short after the jump.

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