Director Neill Blomkamp has shot his first feature film since 2015, with production completing during a pandemic – more details here.

News has emerged that Neill Blomkamp, the helmer of District 9 and Elysium, has made a small supernatural horror film in the remoteness of British Columbia, Canada, throughout the summer. On-set Covid protocols were reportedly observed throughout shooting and the cast was composed almost entirely of Canadian actors.

Deadline is reporting that the director, backed by AGC Studios (who recently produced Midway) decided to make the film when his plans for a larger action thriller, The Inferno, were derailed by the pandemic. Undeterred, Blomkamp collaborated with ACG to develop a separate project that he’d been keen on getting into production at some point and one that was able to shoot in spite of the Covid restrictions.

Although little is currently known about the project, Blomkamp scripted the story as well as directing. There are also said to be clear ‘sci-fi and VFX components’ which will of course echo the bulk of the director’s filmography so far.

With plans to finish the post-production by spring, we will hopefully get to see Blomkamp’s next film sometime in 2021. It will mark the first project from the director to come to fruition in six years following Chappie‘s release in 2015. The director spent several years working on big-screen revivals of the Alien and Robocop franchises, only to depart them.

What is for sure is that Neill Blomkamp returning to our screens with a new film marks another reason to look forward to 2021. More news on this one as we have it.

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