What's director Neill Blomkamp up to? A mysterious short film developed by Blomkamp was recently discovered in the latest iPad issue of Wired magazine. The short shows a weird slimy ugly-ass pink creature lying in a puddle of water that's discovered by a couple of guys. The creature has a is stamped with something that say's "18.12 - AGM Heartland. Pat. Pend USA." The the outer circle reads: "US Inspected And Approved”.
Our friends at /film did a little digging around and found that AGM Heartland is a trademark that belongs to Beverly Hills-based Sable Productions, and the trademark use is labeled as:
Entertainment services by way of an online website with video, audio and textual content and images featuring characters and storylines about a fictional genetic engineering company that produces genetically engineered and altered organisms.
Seems pretty cool, but we have no idea how big of a project this is for Blomkamp, or if this short film is it. According to the description above it doesn't sound like it will go beyond being online. Check out the creepy fun trailer below and let us know what you think!
Blomkamp's next film will be a sci-fi film called Elysium. This film is based on an original idea of his that he wrote the script for. The film is set up at Media Rights Captial, who is financing the film, and giving Blomkamp full creative freedom to make the film however he wants, which means it's going to be awesome! Blomkamp has expressed that he's more interested in making low budget movies with no name actors so he can make it the way he wants. He has no desire to work with a major studio with a $150 million dollar budget with executives and actors controlling every aspect of his film. The last we heard Elysium will have a budget of around $30 to $40 million bucks. That's exactly what he had to make District 9.
Here are a few things that he's said in various interviews about this new sci-fi film he is working on.
I’ve got one science fiction idea that I’m absolutely in love with, which I’m pretty sure is going to be my next film. 99% sure…It’s totally original, it’s my own story…It’s set on another planet, but it’s cool. It’s violent, very violent, and very unique hopefully. We’ll see.
It is science fiction and it has many sociopolitical ideas that interest me. Those ideas are wrapped up inside something that is like a Hollywood action film…The setting for the next film takes place 150 years from now. There are two cities that I’m choosing between. They would play as themselves. They are not in South Africa.
Hopefully, this will be a bit unique, very much a reflection of me. It is absolutely another science fiction film, quite different from `District 9,’ but some of the blending of genres and the tone might be within the same realm.