It wasn’t long ago that District 9 (2009) director Neill Blomkamp was posting movie art on his version of Alien 5 and bringing Ripley back into the fold only to be taken off with a return (not to form unfortunately) by franchise creator Ridley Scott. Bummer.
Well, in the aftermath of his undignified removal from the project, we were all left wondering what he would turn to next. Well, in the last few weeks we found out, little by little.
It seems Blomkamp has created a new studio, Oats Studios, on social media through which he will be releasing a series of experimental short films to be featured on the studios YouTube channel – WOO! – and Steam Streaming services (okay?). While much is yet unknown about these experimental shorts, Blomkamp debuted Oats Studios: Volume 1, which features a very interesting looking monster.
Check it out here:
While the teaser does not reveal much (even the name) and creates many unanswered questions – we know from his social media accounts that the project is referred to as: “Rakka”. While, in the same vein as J. J. Abrams, Blomkamp is keeping everything hush hush at this time, he did explain what he’s trying to do with Oats Studios in a series of recent tweets:
“Maybe with volume 1, it could be entirely free. Which means #oatsstudios YouTube page is where to get extras like 3D models / Vfx assets/ concept art/ all the raw footage / all music etc , maybe on steam for a nominal price. If people like… Hopefully pay for volume 2. Or go to theatres to see feature adapted from one of the shorter films.”
The interesting thing about Rakka is that it could be a way for Blomkamp to finally get some version of his vision of Alien 5 through to the public. Like his Alien 5, the trailer includes Sigourney Weaver in a military role and the footage has an Aliens feel to it. Awesome!
The mysterious looking monster looks more in line with his original movies such as District 9 (2009) and Blomkamp did get his start directing short films (like most directors), so this is a good return to his roots. Hopefully this is a return to form for the director and maybe some exciting scares to come.