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 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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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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Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
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Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 Fanning, Jon 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 »
Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
Since director Ridley Scott is busy working on Alien: Covenant right now, director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) has to wait to get his own chapter in the Alien franchise off the ground. The project first came about when he shared some concept art online, and that turned into a real project being developed at 20th Century Fox with Sigourney Weaver back as Ripley and perhaps even Michael Biehn back from the dead as Hicks.
However, when Scott decided to get his follow-up to the Alien prequel Prometheus off the ground quickly, the project that has become known as Alien 5 was put on the backburner. The good news is that leaves Blomkamp with some spare time to work on something completely different, and he just teased a new project with a photo on Instagram teasing some kind of grotesque, deformed human or monsters.
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Director James Cameron appeared at San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 as part of a Hall H’s Aliens anniversary retrospective on Saturday afternoon, and afterwards he did some press where he talked about his upcoming four Avatar sequels, the possibility of an Avatar television series, his thoughts on filmmaker Neill Blomkamp‘s Aliens sequel, an update on the long awaited Abyss Blu-ray release and more.
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While Sir Ridley Scott is currently shooting Alien: Covenant in Australia, Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien sequel remains on hold. Because Scott was adamant about his follow-up to Prometheus reaching theaters first, Blomkamp and star Sigourney Weaver have gone off to work on other projects, at least in the meantime. There was — and there probably still is — some doubt over whether the sequel will get made, but Weaver remains confident it’ll happen.
Below, get the latest Alien sequel update from Sigourney Weaver.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 by Angie Han
Alien Day may be a fake holiday cooked up to promote Alien-related products and projects, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and enjoy it. Director Neill Blomkamp, for one, got in on the festivities by unveiling a bit of concept art from his delayed Alien sequel that Sigourney Weaver says is still happening. It’s especially intriguing because it shows an adult Newt, fitting with earlier reports that the film would ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. Check it out below. Read More »