After having some bad luck with a couple of studio sequels in recent years (Alien 5 and RoboCop Returns), Neill Blomkamp looks to be getting back to the thing that he has built his career on: original sci-fi thrillers. His last film Chappie was released back in 2015 and since then he has developed a handful of relatively high-profile movies, all of which fell apart due to studio decisions and/or creative differences. Now he will be directing a movie called Inferno for AGC Studios with Taylor Kitsch is attached to star. The movie’s plot is described as follows:
“Lone Survivor and Waco actor Kitsch will play a cop who is called to investigate a seemingly ordinary murder in the New Mexico desert. The arrival of the FBI confirms his suspicions that something bigger – perhaps extraterrestrial – is at play. The hunt for the killer puts him face-to-face with a humanoid beast who will stop at nothing to exterminate the one witness to the crime.”
Taylor Kitsch is still probably best known for playing Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights and for starring in the Disney box office bomb John Carter, but more recently he appeared on the second season of HBO’s True Detective. His next movie is the crime thriller 21 Bridges. Although Blomkamp seems to have used up most of the credibility and goodwill he generated with his directorial debut District 9, I am intrigued to see what he does next (even if it ends up being more of the same). Are you looking forward to Inferno?