'District 9' director to debut his new sci-fi flick on Steam

Posted June 03, 2017

Director Neill Blomkamp, the guy behind movies like District 9 and Elysium (not to mention a very good attempt at Halo), is now heading up a studio that is going to be releasing "experimental short films" on Steam.

We don't know exactly when this film will come out, besides "soon", or what its length will be, besides "short".

Though the concept of aliens seizing earth and killing off humankind isn't entirely fresh, Blomkamp frequently backs his stories with socially conscious themes, and already, Volume 1 looks more like a fully realized, big-budget flick than the short films Blomkamp previously touted. He first rose to prominence with a series of impressive short films like Alive in Joburg, which served as the inspiration for the blockbuster District 9 (which earned four Academy Award nomination). Oh, and isn't that Sigourney Weaver tucked away in there? The voiceover in the trailer hauntingly explains, "We were once mankind, we were humanity, they came here to exterminate us ... a new world altered everyone".

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No official release has been announced yet, but on Neill Blomkamp's Twitter he discusses possibility of releasing "Volume 1" of the Oats Studios shorts on YouTube for free, with premium extras available for a fee. 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.

Both trailers appear to capitalize on Blomkamp's extensive work as an animator, and look to once again cover familiar sci-fi ground. Alongside the question, the director posted never before seen photos from a mystery project that turned out to be Oats Studio.