Neill Blomkamp, the Oscar-award nominated director who is responsible for District 9, Elysium and Chappie, is bypassing the Hollywood-system in the hopes that his experimental films will gain traction through Steam. Blomkamp has been hinting at an experimental film studio for quite some time, but now, the dark, lizard-riddled trailer has finally been released.
The volume one teaser shows off an intriguingly dark glimpse of what the studio will bring to Steam. Over the course of the 1:10-minute video, we see a human race taken over by gun-toting lizard people. The dystopian world appears in ruins as the creatures wreak havoc, holding humans at gunpoint. Perhaps the most disturbing part of the sci-fi nightmare is a short glimpse of the Eiffel Tower that appears to not only be overgrown with vegetation but also dangling bodies.
Early this year, Blomkamp teased the studio and its Steam release to Twitter followers, promising an open dialogue for all things Oats Studios related. In a series of tweets about the project, the director announced that the first volume might be available for free.
“Maybe with volume 1, it could be entirely free. Which means
#oatsstudios YouTube page is where to get.”
Following the announcement, Blomkamp answered an inquisitive follower, revealing the long-term goal for the studio and its productions.
“@NeillBlomkamp Could one of the “experimental films” you are doing on your channel and Steam, become a fully fledged big budget film?”
“That is absolutely the goal”
In 2015, it was announced that the director would produce a film in the Alien franchise, however, the project never took fruition. Blomkamp’s Alien 5 was shut down once-and-for-all this year in an interview with Ridley Scott.
“There was never a script,” said Scott. “It was an idea that evolved from, I believe, a 10-page pitch, and I was meant to be the producer on that. And it didn’t evolve. Fox decided that they didn’t want to do it and that was it.”
In a 2015 interview, before news broke that Blomkamp‘s Alien movie was no longer, the director announced his love of the Alien franchise and his distaste for parts of Hollywood.
“There are a lot of franchises that are around in Hollywood right now that I really don’t like, you know? And a lot of parts of Hollywood that I don’t dig right now. But this [Alien] is the one universe, the one world, that I have always had a love-affair with. This, and Batman. I love Batman as well, but after what Nolan did with it, there’s nowhere really to go, in my opinion.
On Twitter, Neill Blomkamp revealed the reasoning behind the inexplicable name ‘Oats Studios’, which appears to be a reflection of the studio’s desire to break free from the restraints in Hollywood, and create work that is experimental and unique.
Ha good question. The whole point of the studio is to just do what we want. No constraints. So an inexplicable name seems fitting. https://t.co/2fix3y8uwJ
— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) May 25, 2017
While Neill Blomkamp’s take on the Alien franchise is officially no more, it looks like the director will have his hands full with hauntingly-creepy universes of his own creation.
Check out the Oats Studios volume one trailer below: