Neill Blomkamp’s Alien Film Will Ignore Alien 3 and 4

Posted by Ben Huber on Feb 27, 2015 in Cinema

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In a recent interview with Sky Movies, Neill Blomkamp went into more detail about his next film, which will be a new Alien film. Like many folks, Blomkamp wasn’t a fan of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and is planning for his film to take place after Aliens, effectively ignoring half of the series. This is an interesting approach, and it has stirred up a lot of debate online. Many fans are upset that the canon is being disregarded so flippantly, others are happy to see an alternate take on where Ripley’s story could go. I’m not married to the idea of “canon,” and we live in a world where stories are rebooted all the time. While this movie could definitely turn out poorly, I don’t think we need to cling so preciously to the concept of “canon.” If it’s good, then great! If not, then oh well! We already have some wonderful Alien films we can always re-watch any time. Read more…

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Neil Blompkamp Is Actually Making His ‘Alien’ Movie

Posted by Bob Muir on Feb 19, 2015 in Cinema

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Remember that Alien pitch director Neil Blompkamp (District 9) came up with on his own, something Fox wasn’t even really aware of until he showed them? He said he wasn’t planning on making it, that it was just something he was working on for fun. But uh…it seems he changed his mind! In a post on Instagram, Blompkamp shared another xenomorph drawing, writing “Um… So I think it’s officially my next film. #alien” as well. Obviously that’s not much to go on, but it sounds like the Alien franchise will get a new installment of some sort from an imaginative director that would fit it well. Read more…

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Here’s A New Chappie Trailer To Sell The Cynics On It

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 10, 2015 in Cinema

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Neill Blomkamp has been in the news recently with his shelved Alien film idea, but never mind that — a film he’s finished is coming out soon. Chappie is a robot with a revolution intelligence and the ability to think and feel freely. Of course, not everybody thinks that’s a great idea, as you might expect. There’s a great cast here: Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, and Ninja & Yo-Landi Vi$$er. Yes, that’s correct: Die Antwoord is in this movie. This trailer is way more action-heavy than the previous cutesy one. Perhaps that may bring in more mainstream audiences? Check out the trailer below! Chappie comes out March 6th. Read more…

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Neill Blomkamp Shares Concept Art From Canned Alien Film

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 3, 2015 in Cinema

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Talk about left field: Neill Blomkamp, the director of District 9, has been posting concept art on his Instagram from an Alien film he was working on. Yes, really. Blomkamp doesn’t really elaborate too much, aside from saying “Was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore. Love it though.” Theories abound, one mentioning that perhaps Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver began brainstorming an idea while working together on his upcoming film (currently in post-production), Chappie. Either way, this seems to be fairly dead, especially with Blomkamp posting the concept art freely… although perhaps it’s a power play to garner interest? Well, probably not. Gaze upon the gorgeous art below! Read more…

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Rumor Time: Neill Blomkamp to Direct Pilot of Halo TV Series?

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 27, 2014 in Television, Videogames

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Last year, Microsoft revealed they were working on a Halo TV series, in full cooperation with Steven Spielberg, who was producing. We haven’t heard much since then, but a new rumor is circulating now saying that Neill Blomkamp is being sought after to direct the pilot episode. This is a little ironic, considering Blomkamp worked on the failed Halo movie before moving on to do District 9. Whether Blomkamp wants to come back to the Halo universe after a failed ¬†project remains to be seen, but last we heard he said he was against the idea. Perhaps since a TV pilot is an easier commitment, he’d be willing to contribute? Read more…

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Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie Gets Some Star Power

Posted by Ben Huber on Sep 30, 2013 in Cinema

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Elysium opened to moderate interest and reviews, but it didn’t seem to really capture audiences the way District 9 did. Still Neill Blomkamp is unhindered, and is moving forward with another sci-fi story, and he’s back to filming in Johannesburg. Blomkamp says his next movie, Chappie, will be a “comedy” and a “heartfelt story” about a robot police officer (voiced by Sharlto Copley — who else?) who is kidnapped by two gangsters (Ninja and Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord) in South Africa. And just recently announced, Hugh Jackman (a CEO) will also get involved as well. I can appreciate that Blomkamp is trying something different for his next film, and also hope that this odd premise pays off. Read more…

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First Trailer for District 9 Director’s New Film, Elysium

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 12, 2013 in Cinema

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District 9 was one of the best recent sci-fi films, both for its message and its excellent use of a low budget (it looked fantastic, visually). It looks like Neill Blomkamp is finally back now, and I couldn’t be more excited. It starts Matt Damon as a man who lives on the devastated Earth, looking upward at all the disease-free rich folk living in the orbiting space colony, Elysium. To save his own life, he plots to secretly make his way onto Elysium and use their advanced tech, while wearing a powerful suit. Sharlto Copley shows ups as a bounty hunter tracking Damon down (which is awesome). The film arrives August 9th. Read more…

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