Alright, so here’s the back story on District 9 for those who aren’t familiar with it. A couple years ago, Neill Blomkamp was Peter Jackson’s choice to direct the Halo movie (back before the project fell apart). A lot of people felt that he was unproven since he had never directed a feature film before, but he had been chosen based on the strength of his short film Alive in Joburg, among other things. Now Peter Jackson has decided to put a decent budget behind Blomkamp in order to allow him to expand that short into a full movie.
The first teaser trailer has gone online over at Apple, and I have to say, I’m pretty blown away by what I see. I knew it was going to be a documentary-style take on a future world where aliens are forced to live like second-class citizens among humans… but still, I didn’t expect it to be quite so convincing. The effects blend seamlessly, and all the acting is 100% believable. Granted, we don’t see a ton of action here, but this is easily one of my most anticipated movies of the summer. Whether or not he gets another shot at the Halo movie, I think this is going to legitimize Blomkamp as a brilliant and capable director. Check out the trailer below and see what you think (I’ll add an embedded version when it becomes available). District 9 hits theatres on August 14th.