Watch a trailer for Neill Blomkamp's mysterious project, Oats Studios

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If he goes with that binary distribution model, it would make his short film project experimental in more ways that one.

Reptilian slave-master aliens abound in the first trailer for Neill Blomkamp's experimental short film Oat Studios Volume 1, which looks to be a sci-fi project in a similar vein to his blockbuster about alien refugees, 2009's District 9. A voiceover tells us that aliens have come to exterminate mankind, and we see images of a broken world; an overgrown Eiffel Tower, soldiers, and a whole lot of terrifying lizard-like alien life. "Adapt or die. It was as simple as that".

The trailer shows Dakota Fanning, long-time collaborator Sharlto Copley, and Sigourney Weaver in blink-and-you'll-miss-them scenes. Blomkamp's Elysium was generally well-received-though not in comparison to District 9-but his most recent film, Chappie, was a disaster. He speculates that the second volume might available for paid streaming, with the potential for one or more shorts to be expanded into a feature film for theaters.

According to comments made by Blomkamp on his Twitter account, the director has been toying with the idea of distributing the shorts via Steam, though has since stated that Volume 1 "could be entirely free", with YouTube used as a platform.

Details related to Oats Studios are scant, but a teaser posted to the company's YouTube channel offers a first look at the sort of content it plans to serve up.

Blomkamp first revealed the project a year ago after asking fans if they would be interested in purchasing short films off the (majorly) gaming platform Steam.

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