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Eight years after the release of epic sci-fi film District 9, director Neill Blomkamp looks set to return with an action-packed short film.

The South African-Canadian film director, 37, has announced that the new project from his film production company, Oats Studios, is a short film titled Volume 1.

Alongside the announcement, he's also posted a teaser for the project and it looks awesome...

Credit: Oats Studios

According to Hook, the short film could be released on the PC gaming platform Steam and will feature Dakota Fanning and Sigourney Weaver, among other Hollywood actors.

Blomkamp had previously tweeted about the idea of streaming his future movies through the Steam service, leading to the speculation about the new film's release.

The trailer sees the Eiffel Tower covered in flying reptilian aliens, with a voiceover explaining how the new species came to wipe-out the human race. The entire thing is pretty eerie, which is what we've come to expect from Blomkamp's previous films such as Elysium and Chappie.


If you're wondering where all these fucked-up dystopian film projects are coming from, back in 2009 he described his pretty pessimistic world view to AV Club. He said: "You have out-of-control population growth... We are heading for the biggest train wreck our civilization has ever come across ever. Ever. And I think that, within 40 or 50 years, we'll be there.

"If your population curve is on an exponential growth, and the resources are on an exponential decline, what happens first is you get increases in wealth discrepancy, which means that you get rich pockets of gated communities with security guards outside them, and you get more and more poverty outside that area.

Credit: PA

"And the resources go down, and people start having resource wars over water and food and agriculture and arable land, and then you have Joburg in 2050. And you can see signs of it everywhere. It's just overpopulation and lack of resources. We just aren't in control of our destiny."

That said, in the same year he was named by Time as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2009 - so I guess it can't all have been doom and gloom for him!

Featured Image Credit: Oats Studios​

James Dawson

James Dawson is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.

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