South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp was thrust into sci-fi fame with his first feature District 9 (2009), which he followed up with Elysium (2013), and Chappie (2015). Since Chappie, Blomkamp has left the realm of big budget feature films to create and cultivate the independent Oats Studios where he has released short film passion projects, until now.
Blomkamp recently updated his Instagram, after a year, with an image of a creepy tunnel and the caption, “Excited about new horror film. Will update as we shoot.”
Check out the post below:
Blomkamp does not mention the film he is working on in this post, but it is most likely the previously announced film Inferno that reportedly will star Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, The Covenant) and was reported to start shooting in early 2020. However, it’s been a year since any updates on projects so this may not be the case.
If so, Inferno has been described by the filmmakers in the Hollywood Reporter as a “one-of-a-kind epic sci-fi thriller where nothing is what it seems.”
The plot: “When a cop is called to investigate a seemingly ordinary murder in the New Mexico desert he uncovers a deeper conspiracy and begins to suspect that the killer he’s trying to find may be a humanoid beast.”
Around the same time that Blomkamp posted the picture on Instagram, he also posted it on Twitter as well as two text posts, reading “I think I’m back. Starting to make films again.” and “First up is horror ! Which I am loving.”
Blomkamp has always been a legend when it comes to sci-fi, but he’s never quite committed to a horror flick. He was previously attached to direct an Alien movie, but unfortunately it fell through.
Previously, Blomkamp has spoken with iHorror and said that he would like to pursue the horror genre, and that “he wouldn’t mind being known as a director who makes them.”
This sounds good to me! Blending Blomkamp’s unique style of sci-fi and body horror, in a more traditional horror narrative sounds like a great combination.
While we wait for more information from the man himself, you can check out some of his recent shorts on his Youtube page. And keep following iHorror for updates as they come up!