23 Facts About Neill Blomkamp


Neill Blomkamp is a South African and Canadian filmmaker.


Neill Blomkamp is best known as the co-writer and director of the science fiction action film District 9, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and the director of the dystopian science fiction action film Elysium, which garnered moderately positive reviews.


Neill Blomkamp is known for his collaborations with actor Sharlto Copley.


In return, Neill Blomkamp assisted Copley in creating 3D work for pitches on various projects.


Neill Blomkamp was 18 when he moved to Vancouver with his family, where he enrolled at the Vancouver Film School.


Neill Blomkamp was the lead 3D animator for 3000 Miles to Graceland.


Neill Blomkamp worked as a visual effects artist at The Embassy Visual Effects in Vancouver as well as at Rainmaker Digital Effects, and was signed by Toronto commercial house Spy Films.


Neill Blomkamp directed a trilogy of live-action short films in 2007, known collectively as Landfall.


Neill Blomkamp was then slated to direct his first feature-length film, an adaptation of the Halo series of video games, produced by Peter Jackson.


Jackson came to know of Neill Blomkamp after viewing a reel of his commercial work and shorts, shot in his off time.


Neill Blomkamp has admitted since that the Halo pre-production was a nightmare, and relations between 20th Century Fox and Neill Blomkamp severely disintegrated before the project's end.


The film, directed by Neill Blomkamp, starring Copley, and co-written with Neill Blomkamp's wife and production partner Terri Tatchell, was released in mid-August 2009 by TriStar Pictures to widespread critical acclaim.


Neill Blomkamp admitted that he was still interested in making a Halo film in April 2013.


Neill Blomkamp directed and Sony Pictures Entertainment and Media Rights Capital co-produced and co-financed the film, which was released March 2015.


In early 2015, Neill Blomkamp posted several pictures to his Instagram page that showed concept art for an Alien film he might have been working on.


On 18 February 2015, Neill Blomkamp himself confirmed that the Alien film will be his next project.


In November 2015, it was announced that Neill Blomkamp would be working on adapting the forthcoming Tom Sweterlitsch novel The Gone World, described as a "sci-fi time travel" concept, but the film was either subsequently scrapped or stuck in "development hell," with production never going forward.


In 2017, Neill Blomkamp announced the creation of his own film production company, Oats Studios, and confirmed a series of experimental short films and other content titled Oats Studios Volume 1 to be released via Steam.


In July 2018, Neill Blomkamp announced that he would be directing a new entry in the RoboCop film series for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


On 15 August 2019, Neill Blomkamp announced on Twitter that he is no longer directing RoboCop Returns as he is focusing on directing a horror movie instead.


In December 2020, it was revealed that Neill Blomkamp had secretly shot a supernatural horror film, Demonic, in British Columbia during the summer of 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.


Neill Blomkamp is married to Terri Tatchell, a Canadian screenwriter, best known for co-writing the screenplay of District 9.


Neill Blomkamp was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay with Blomkamp at the 82nd Academy Awards.