District 9 started life as a short film remember. Now Blomkamp is returning to his roots with Oats Studios, his own production company dedicated to making experimental sci-fi short films. Promoted as a "series of experiemental short films", Oats Studios Volume 1 is hopefully just the first of many planned shorts from Blomkamp's studio.
Back in April, director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) polled his followers on Twitter, asking if they would be interested in various "experimental short films" distributed via video game retailer Steam.
The studio's first film is now dubbed Volume 1, if its teaser trailer on YouTube is anything to go by; foraging back through Blomkamp's Twitter timeline, meanwhile, throws up another possible title: Rakka. Both Blomkamp and M. Night Shyamalan had incendiary directorial debuts that, despite being ostensibly genre films, managed to reinvent their respective genres in exciting ways, Shyamalan with horror and Blomkamp with science fiction. "Adapt or die. It was a simple as that".
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So every time I touched a ball, I felt it. "In the end, I didn't have to anymore". "[Just a] few tears after the match point". And the expectations are also from me really big because I know what I can do, what I did past year .
"The new world altered everyone", the trailer's narrator says, though she could be talking about the film industry.
Oats: Volume 1 is coming soon. While details about plot and cast are still kept under wraps, viewers notice two actresses in the teaser which very look like Dakota Fanning and Sigourney Weaver. While the famous director is still yet to confirm which streaming platforms he'll be using, a recent tweet suggests that he could stream these movies over Steam. A month and a half later, the first trailer for Blomkamp's ventures has been released and can be seen below.
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