Neill Blomkamp Will Return to Cinema to Direct the Sci-Fi Thriller 'The Gone World'

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 - 10:07AM
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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 - 10:07AM
Neill Blomkamp Will Return to Cinema to Direct the Sci-Fi Thriller 'The Gone World'
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Fans of District 9Elysium, and the recent internet phenomenon Oats Studio rejoice! Neill Blomkamp is returning to making feature-length movies, and has announced that his next film will be an adaptation of the science fiction thriller novel The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch.

Blomkamp has made no secret of his love for The Gone World in the past, and has been loosely attached to a movie adaptation of the book since as far back as 2015. It had seemed that this was just one of those fanciful projects, like Peter Jackson's Halo, that would never see the light of day. Having taken some time to experiment with his short sci-fi films under the Oats Studio banner, however, Blomkamp seems eager to get back on the horse and return to movies.

The Gone World is a novel about a time-traveling Navy SEAL in space, which at first glance sounds like a pretty silly concept, and not quite the type of socially trenchant subject matter that made Blomkamp famous with District 9. There's a lot in here that makes the story exciting, though, such as a murder mystery, a missing child, and a doomsday plot that will spell the end of humanity if the story's hero, a run-of-the-mill Navy investigator, can't unravel the complex series of events that led to a SEAL being aboard an alien spaceship. It's been described as "True Detective meets Inception," and compared to another time-travel classic, 12 Monkeys.




(As an aside, The Gone World should by no means be confused with The Gone-Away World, a novel by Nick Harkaway that instead tells the story of a post-apocalyptic war between ninjas and mimes—this novel is a little better known than The Gone World, but is unlikely to get a movie adaptation any time soon simply because it's absolutely nuts.)

One big plus for The Gone World is its female protagonist, Shannon Moss—with Rakka, Blomkamp has shown that he can get a good performance out of sci-fi royalty figure Sigourney Weaver, and it's hard to imagine anyone who would be more perfect in the lead role of the director's next film, especially after Alien 5 was shelved to make room for more weirdly Christian xenomorph origin movies from Ridley Scott.

No matter how The Gone World develops, it's hard not to feel excited by the promise of a new Neill Blomkamp movie. It's a bit of a shame the director won't have enough spare time on his hands to work on any more Oats Studio movies just yet, but seeing Blomkamp make a return to feature film is a relief for anyone who might have thought that his career had bottled out after the critical and box office disappointment that Chappie experienced.
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