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Watch the teaser for District 9 director's Anthem short film

So that's what District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was hinting at. His short film based on Anthem, Conviction, will be released on the Oats Studios YouTube channel on Valentine's Day, and he's released a teaser to whet our appetites. 

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Neill Blomkamp - the man behind movies District 9, Elysium, Chappie, and the experimental Oats Studios - is working with EA and Bioware on something for Anthem. He tweeted out an image of a Javelin exosuit, suggesting some sort of movie project to tie in with the Anthem release on February 22.  

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I'd expect to see a live-action style launch trailer similar to the one that King Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts made for Destiny 2

Blomkamp also gave his blessing to something Apex: Legends players have been taking to social media to share: requests for a Chappie appearance in the battle royale game. Fans have noted the similarity to one of the game's legends, Pathfinder, and it seems Chappie's daddy is on board.

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As if he hasn't been busy enough, UK development studio Creative Assembly revealed recently that Blomkamp was one of the first people to see its new FPS. 

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As a diehard District 9 fan - even if I rupture a tear duct on every viewing - I'm all for more Neill Blomkamp involvement in all my favorite franchises. Can't wait to see what he does with Sims 4. 

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