Neill Blomkamp

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Neill Blomkamp to direct RoboCop Returns

12 Jul 2018

Film gossip

Neill Blomkamp is reportedly set to direct 'RoboCop Returns'. The 38-year-old filmmaker - who previously directed 'District 9' and 'Elysium' - has been approached by MGM about helming the latest installment in the film franchise, according to The…

Neill Blomkamp has 'moved on' from Alien

4 Jan 2018

Film gossip

Neill Blomkamp has "moved on" from his 'Alien' movie. The 38-year-old director had been eyed to helm an 'Alien' sequel with actress Sigourney Weaver, but the plan was subsequently scrapped after Sir Ridley Scott made 'Alien: Covenant'. Asked…

Neill Blomkamp still upset at Chappie

8 Jun 2017

Film gossip

Neill Blomkamp is still "upset" fans didn't understand 'Chappie'. The director helmed the 2015 production, which follows a robot who is vulnerable to his surroundings similar to that of a human child but after spending a few days living with a pair…

Neill Blomkamp explains decision to shun big budget movies

7 Jun 2017

Film gossip

Neill Blomkamp has turned away from Hollywood movies because he grew tired of having "brain-numbing discussions" with film studios. The acclaimed director has recently moved away from making big-budget movies and has instead thrown his support behind…

Neill Blomkamp says Alien 5 is dead

5 Jun 2017

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Neill Blomkamp confirms 'Alien 5' is "totally dead". It was previously reported Blomkamp was to produce and direct another installment of the sci-fi saga but after the franchise's creator Sir Ridley Scott said it is unlikely to ever come to fruition…

Alien 5 put on hold

30 Oct 2015

Film gossip

'Alien 5' has been put on hold. The eagerly-awaited new sci-fi movie has been the source of much speculation in recent months, with reports suggesting it was to be pushed back to make way for 'Alien: Paradise Lost', and its director Neill Blomkamp…

Alien 'won't interfere with Prometheus'

23 Mar 2015

Film gossip

Neill Blomkamp insists the new 'Alien' movie won't interfere with the 'Prometheus' franchise. The 35-year-old director has been chosen to helm the much-anticipated new movie and has revealed he amended one aspect of his film to ensure it would not…


6 Mar 20152 stars

Disappointing third film from Neill Blomkamp that melds Short Circuit and RoboCop

Do androids dream of electric sheep? A question Neill Blomkamp’s third feature (co-written with his wife Terri Tatchell) approaches with a childlike sensibility, often recalling the PG-rated Short Circuit (thankfully minus Fisher Stevens browning-up…

Neill Blomkamp admits to Elysium errors

27 Feb 2015

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Neill Blomkamp admits significant mistakes were made in making 'Elysium'. The 2013 sci-fi film was released amid huge anticipation but the 35-year-old director has confessed it fell well short of expectations. Speaking specifically about the…

Neill Blomkamp promises 'genetic sibling of Aliens'

26 Feb 2015

Film gossip

Neill Blomkamp's new 'Alien' movie will feel like the "genetic sibling of Aliens". The 35-year-old director, who's been brought on board to helm the eagerly-awaited new movie, has revealed that his film will disregard 'Alien 3' and 'Alien…

Neill Blomkamp's Alien project gets green-light

19 Feb 2015

District 9 and Elysium director to direct new film in the franchise

It's one of the most beloved yet badly treated properties in Hollywood. Its first four films were helmed by some of the best directors in the world, and now District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp is to join the illustrious list after confirming…

Neill Blomkamp confirms new Alien movie

19 Feb 2015

Film gossip

Neill Blomkamp is to make a new 'Alien' movie. The 35-year-old South African-Canadian director has agreed a deal with 20th Century Fox to make the eagerly-awaited new film, following intense speculation over the last few weeks. Blomkamp confirmed…

Neill Blomkamp reveals plan to make new Alien movie

12 Feb 2015

Film gossip

Neill Blomkamp thinks Hollywood will give the go-ahead to his take on 'Alien'. In January, the South African film-maker released 'Alien'-themed concept art work of Sigourney Weaver - who starred in the original films, as well as Blomkamp's new movie…

The Film Formula: Elysium

9 Sep 2013

We analyse the familiar elements in the Matt Damon-starring sci-fi action flick

We'll start with the obvious one: Elysium is the second feature-length film directed by Neill Blomkamp, who previously gave us the rather wonderful District 9. His new movie shares so much DNA with his previous effort, it's almost like a spiritual…


20 Aug 20134 stars

A thrilling blockbuster that marries intelligence with spectacle, starring Matt Damon

Having dazzled with his breathtaking debut District 9, director Neill Blomkamp returns in equally emphatic fashion with Elysium. Bigger and more spectacular, courtesy of the extra budget afforded to him in the wake of the success of his debut, the film…

Dev Patel in talks for Neill Blomkamp's Chappie

9 Jul 2013

Film gossip

Dev Patel is in "early talks" to star in Neill Blomkamp's next movie, 'Chappie'. The 'Slumdog Millionaire' actor is close to landing the lead role in the sci-fi thriller, which will be the director's next project after his eagerly anticipated Matt…

Neill Blomkamp will not direct Star Trek 3

8 Jul 2013

Film gossip

Neill Blomkamp will not direct 'Star Trek 3'. The 'Elysium' director has ruled himself out as a replacement for J.J. Abrams - who may not direct a third 'Trek' film because of his commitments to 'Star Wars: Episode VII' - because he is not…

Playlist 18 - Short films

17 Sep 2009

Though far from short of quality

The internet has gifted us with the attention spans of goldfish. But that’s no bad thing when the best short films can stimulate more thoroughly than a dozen features, as well as providing the perfect calling card for up and coming directors. Witness…

District 9

21 Aug 20094 stars

(15) 112min Under the guiding hand of producer Peter Jackson, South African writer/director Neill Blomkamp has expanded his 2005 Alive In Joberg short to feature length for this dazzling sci-fi thriller. Set in 2010, District 9 takes place on an…