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 new world altered everyone", a voice says. Blomkamp's best known efforts are all set amidst science fiction dystopias in which aliens and robots often play large roles, from Chappie's armour-plated attack androids to District 9's sickly extraterrestrials.
South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has released the first trailer for an experimental venture he will soon launch called Oats Studios, an incubator for "experimental short films" that will serve as "tests for potential full feature films".
Fans will have noticed though, that at around the 40 second mark, there's an appearance by none other than Sigourney Weaver - although it's a real blink and you'll miss it moment.
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While the trope is a familiar one, Blomkamp's new film feels a lot like the possible fallout from Independence Day if it were the aliens-not the humans-who won the day.
Now a trailer for the first anthology series from Blomkamp's Oats Studios indicates a return to themes of home planet incursion. "Adapt or die. It was as simple as that". The plan appears to be to sell several of these short films online through Steam. Other footage in the trailer appears to come from separate short films, one of which depicts US army forces fighting in the jungle.
Blomkamp famously got his start by directing short films, including Tetra Vaal, Alive in Joburg, Yellow and Tempbot. Alongside the question, the director posted never before seen photos from a mystery project that turned out to be Oats Studio.