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Neill Blomkamp Says He’s Made Peace With His Cancelled Alien Film

Back in 2009, director Neill Blomkamp stunned the moviegoing public with an emotionally-distressing, thoroughly intelligent piece of sci-fi entitled District 9. Co-written by Blomkamp and his spouse, Terri Tatchell, the xenophobic thriller went on to earn four Oscar nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Post-District 9, however, Blomkamp has struggled to find a similar level of critical and financial success in his follow-up films, Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015), but their divisive receptions didn’t deter the director from pursuing his dream project. In early 2015, Blomkamp took to Instagram and posted several images depicting concept art for an unannounced Alien movie, causing quite the viral stir.

Through subsequent interviews, Blomkamp revealed that the project was a planned sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens, which would ultimately disregard the quadrilogy’s final two entries, Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection. Eventually dubbed Alien: Awakening, the
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Ex. Neill Blomkamp on the future of Oats Studios & funding a Firebase sequel

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Last year, director Neill Blomkamp kicked off a strange, cool and exciting new project called Oats Studios, which is essentially a crowd-funded studio that creates a healthy mix of odd and awesome content, from short films to digital shorts and more. The most notable of those projects was Oats: Volume One, which included the shorts films Rakka, Zygote and Firebase (amongst... Read More...
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Jane Documentary, I, Tonya And Dunkirk Win Ace Eddie Awards

Jane Goodall in Jane. Photo by Hugo van Lawick. © National Geographic

Dunkirk” (edited by Lee Smith, Ace) and “I, Tonya” (edited by Tatiana S. Riegel, Ace) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy) respectively at the 68thAnnual Ace Eddie Awards Friday where trophies were handed out recognizing the best editing of 2017 in ten categories of film, television and documentaries.

Coco” (edited by Steve Bloom) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and “Jane” (edited by Joe Beshenkovsky, Ace, Will Znidaric and Brett Morgen) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature).

Television winners included “Black-ish — Lemons” (edited by John Peter Bernardo and Jamie Pedroza) for Best Edited Comedy Series for Commercial Television, “Curb Your Enthusiasm — The Shucker” (edited by Jonathan Corn, Ace) for Best Edited Comedy Series for Non-Commercial Television, “Fargo — Who Rules The Land of Denial” (edited by Andrew Seklir, Ace) for Best Edited Drama Series for Commercial Television,
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Adam: The Future of Filmmaking

Adam is an exciting project, which melds together the power of the latest build of the Unity 3D Game Engine and the narrative strength of one of cinema's finest directorial talents. Neill Blomkamp - Director of District 9 and Chappie, brings his insightful ability to craft intriguing stories with nuanced character design to create a series of charismatic and engimatic chapters in a broad arching
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A ‘Flight On The Navigator’ Remake May Finally Be Happening

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I am not in any way connected to remaking flight of the navigator – I just liked that image

Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) November 23, 2017

We’ve been hearing about a potential Flight Of The Navigator remake for quite some time, but now it seems that we’ve had our biggest indicator yet that the project will happen – from none other than Chappie and District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp. In an intriguing Twitter post, the director revealed the first feature through his new start-up Oats Studios by revealing an image from the original 1986 movie.

Flight Of The Navigator Remake Coming From Neill Blomkamp?

Here’s what Blomkamp posted on the social network late Wednesday.

So for clarity on @oatsstudios shorts, people are asking for part 2’s of certain films, – the first follow up short will be for Adam, coming soonish. The first proper feature film will be …..

pic.twitter.com/2l2ZZCNJkD
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Neill Blomkamp Releases a Visually Stunning CGI Sci-Fi Short Praetoria From Oats Studios

District 9, Elysium, and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp has released a new CGI short film from Oats Studios. The sci-fi film is called Praetoria and they say it's a film where they are "testing the water." 

This is supposed to be a "huge galactic story" that follows a troubled character named General Krisch who is wearing some kind of crazy looking futuristic armor and wielding a badass sword. Apparently, he's on an intergalactic mission to get a hold of as much gold as he possibly can, no matter the cost.

The short is visually stunning and it will be interesting to see if anything happens with the concept beyond this short film. Check it out below and tell us what you think.
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Watch: Neill Blomkamp’s Newest Short Film That Was Rendered in Real Time

Watch: Neill Blomkamp’s Newest Short Film That Was Rendered in Real Time
In movies like Chappie, District 9, and Elysium, director Neill Blomkamp has explored the intersection of humanity and technology. It’s a topic he returns to again and again, and it’s something he’s obsessed with as a storyteller. So it’s no surprise that Blomkamp is exploring the same concept in a new way with Adam: The Mirror, a new […]

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Watch Neill Blomkamp’s New Short Film ‘Adam: The Mirror’, Created Using Unity 2017

Fresh off of yesterday’s announcement that District 9 and Chappie filmmaker Neill Blomkamp was directing two new animated short films in the Adam franchise, the first short film has been released online for all to see. Adam: The Mirror is a follow-up to the original Adam, which was released in 2016 as a short film to demonstrate technical innovations on the game engine Unity. Blomkamp is now using Unity 2017 to create two new animated short films, Adam: The Mirror and Adam: The Prophet, and the first one is now available to watch in its entirety. The Mirror …
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Taken – Season One Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD September 26th

The white-knuckle revenge thriller Taken: Season One arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 26 from Lionsgate. Clive Standen and Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Beals (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Flashdance, 1984) lead an all-star cast in this thrilling prequel TV series to the blockbuster film trilogy.

The white-knuckle revenge thriller Taken: Season One arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 26 from Lionsgate. Clive Standen and Golden Globe® nominee Jennifer Beals (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Flashdance, 1984) lead an all-star cast in this thrilling prequel TV series to the blockbuster film trilogy. With a loyal viewership, the show was one of the top 10 p.m. network dramas and one of NBC’s top primetime shows. The Taken: Season One Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99 and $39.98, respectively.

Executive Producer Luc Besson (Taken film franchise, The Fifth Element, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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District 9 Director Wants to Make Iron Man 4

District 9 Director Wants to Make Iron Man 4
If Marvel ever decides to make Iron Man 4, they have a solid director who would be happy to take the job. Neill Blomkamp, the man behind District 9, has declared that he would love to take on the character, given the chance. So maybe Kevin Feige and Co. can give him a ring if Robert Downey Jr. decides he wants some more money or, God forbid, they ever do a full reboot with a new actor.

Neill Blomkamp made the reveal on Twitter when a fan asked him what movie he would like to make within the Marvel Cinematic Universe if he ever got the chance. Making sure to let his fans know this is purely hypothetical, he declared his love for Iron Man and stated that is the franchise he would like to take on. Here's what he had to say.

"Hypothetically...Ironman, love the character"

This is in
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Surprise NBC Hit Taken Comes to Disc in Sept.

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Program Description

The white-knuckle revenge thriller Taken: Season One arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 26 from Lionsgate. Clive Standen and Golden Globe® nominee Jennifer Beals (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Flashdance, 1984) lead an all-star cast in this thrilling prequel TV series to the blockbuster film trilogy. With a loyal viewership, the show was one of the top 10 p.m. network dramas and one of NBC’s top primetime shows. The Taken: Season One Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99 and $39.98, respectively.

Official Synopsis

Executive Producer Luc Besson (Taken film franchise, The Fifth Element, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) delivers an action-packed prequel to the international blockbuster Taken franchise. Clive Standen (Vikings) stars as Bryan Mills, a younger, hungrier version of the iconic character played by Liam Neeson in the Taken films.

Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Special Features
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Neuromancer: Deadpool's Tim Miller Latest Director Attached to Cyberpunk Novel Adaptation

Deadline is reporting that Deadpool's Tim Miller looks to have landed the plum gig of directing Fox's adaptation of William Gibson's cyberpunk opus Neuromancer. The current attempt at the adaptation is being produced by Simon Kinberg, his Deadpool producer.    Kinberg has had his share of hits but mostly misses over the years, from Deadpool to a lengthy list of, well, it's not encouraging. From Jumper to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,  Elysium, Chappie, Fantastic Four, and X-Men Apocalypse, the track record gives cause for concern for fans of the seminal cyberpunk novel, the first in Gibson's Sprawl trilogy.    Miller only has Deadpool to his credit and is working on rehashing the why-won't-you-just-die-already Terminator franchise.    Case was one of the best console cowboys until...

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Zygote: Jose Pablo Cantillo Talks About Stepping Into The Fascinating And Terrifying World From Neill Blomkamp

Last month, Neill Blomkamp premiered a new short film Zygote through its experimental features from Oats Studios. The fan community definitely wanted more.

The story for Zygote is fairly simple about two survivors in the near future at an underground mining facility--trapped with this hideous, most terrifying monster made out of human limbs. As a cross with The Thing and Alien, it is a face-paced, heart-pounding twenty-two minutes of non-stop action.

The short film stars Dakota Fanning and Jose Pablo Cantillo.

Lrm caught up with Jose Pablo Cantillo last month about this short film project. He discussed with us over the phone about Neill Blomkamp’s approach, direction and set design to creating this project.

You can watch Zygote at Oats Studios’ YouTube channel by clicking here or at the end of the article.

Read our conversation with Jose Pablo Cantillo below:

Lrm: Tell me on how you were brought on to this project,
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Neill Blomkamp to direct sci-fi thriller The Gone World

Joseph Baxter Jul 26, 2017

Neill Blomkamp confirms that he will direct The Gone World, based on an upcoming book.

Since Neill Blomkamp’s long-discussed Alien sequel project fell apart, the director is shifting his attention to another project that’s been on his wish list since late-2015 with The Gone World, a film adaption of the upcoming sci-fi-themed thriller novel of the same name by Tom Sweterlitsch.

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Blomkamp confirmed his director status with 20th Centruy Fox for The Gone World by taking to Twitter, touting an advance copy of Sweterlitsch’s novel, which is currently set for release on February 6, 2018.

This just arrived. Truly incredible book by @LetterSwitch . So excited to direct this for @20thcenturyfox pic.twitter.com/kKxyFnhWhM

Neill Blomkamp
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Neill Blomkamp would like to revisit the world of Elysium, talks Chappie criticism

Neill Blomkamp scored a critical success with his 2009 debut District 9, although the filmmaker has struggled to replicate that with his subsequent films Elysium and Chappie, with the latter in particular coming on for some harsh criticism. Speaking to Screen Rant to promote his new series of short films from Oats Studios, Blomkamp has reflected on the two movies, revealing that he feels he could have done better with Elysium, and is keen to revisit the world.

Elysium is more something I feel like I could have done better,” states Blomkamp. “I think that if you were to take something like Elysium and play with it inside a setting like this you probably would hone it – you would end up, I think, with something well thought through and that has all of the thematic elements that I wanted. I still love the set up to Elysium. The idea of the
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Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 didn’t always feature Ellen Ripley, but Sigourney Weaver changed his mind

It looks like Neill Blomkamp’s ill-fated Alien 5 didn’t always feature series mainstay Ellen Ripley. In a recent interview with Funhaus, the director reveals that an encounter with Sigourney Weaver herself changed his mind completely…

“I met Sigourney on Chappie and I had a different idea for an Alien film I wanted to make. So I had this idea for a story set in the world of those two first films that was not a continuation of James Cameron’s. It was just in the world of it and it had a totally different character that was the lead character. Because my assumption was that Sigourney would just never make another one. I told her about it on Chappie and she was like ‘No, no, no! I actually would make another one because I felt like Ripley’s story didn’t end correctly.’”

“So I went back to Vancouver and,
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War For The Planet Of The Apes & The Rise & Rise Of Intelligent Sci-Fi

Author: Dave Roper

Science Fiction has been with us for as long as we’ve had cinema. Méliès made his Trip to the Moon, Lang built and displayed his dystopian Metropolis and Jules Verne’s rich science fiction novels fed into cinema’s early efforts to showcase the fantastical.

Thankfully, cinema’s relationship with science fiction has also generally proved to be intelligent and thought-provoking. Spectacle, as with the disaster epics of Irwin Allen’s 1970’s heyday, has always had its place, but alongside that films as diverse as Planet of the Apes, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Metropolis, Soylent Green and Invasion of the Body Snatchers gave us much to consider about human nature, society and our relationship with our fragile planet.

More recently, Independence Day, Armageddon, War of the Worlds, Mars Attacks, Men in Black and even more sci-fi inflected comic book entries like Guardians of the Galaxy,
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Alien 5 Was Originally Going To Feature A Totally Different Character

After leaving his mark on the sci-fi genre with the incredible District 9, director Neill Blomkamp followed up his debut pic with Elysium and Chappie. Admittedly, neither film hit quite the same heights that his first effort did, but they were still impressive enough to catch the attention of same pretty important people in Hollywood. As such, Blomkamp quickly found himself attached to Alien 5, which would reunite him with Sigourney Weaver after working with the actress on Chappie.

From what we heard, his plan was to reboot the franchise, with the fifth instalment in the iconic sci-fi/horror series looking to erase Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. While it never truly got off the ground, the project did take some significant steps forward and seemed to be on the right track for a while, with impressive concept art surfacing last year. Things were looking pretty good for the film then
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Newswire: Sharlto Copley plays God in one of Neill Blomkamp’s new short films

About a month ago, Neill Blomkamp released the first entry in his new Oats Studios short film initiative, and while it had a lot of gross crocodile monsters and an appearance from Sigourney Weaver, it had a distinct lack of District 9 and Chappie star Sharlto Copley. That’s not the case for Serengeti, one of Blomkamp’s new shorts, which actually features Copley as God.

Much shorter (and a bit less graphic) than Weaver’s Rakka or the Vietnam-set Firebase, Serengeti focuses on God as a slightly disinterested overlord who treats his subjects like annoying Sims characters and leaves most of the actual work to his assistant. You can see the full short below:

Blomkamp’s Oats videos are free on YouTube, but you can pay for extra content on Steam.
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