Director Neill Blomkamp had a small, sci-fi alien mutation project with the code name “AGM Heartland” in the works, before he started working on his upcoming film Elysium. There had not been any activity with the project since 2010, when a viral video was featured in the iPad Edition of Wired Magazine. A second video from AGM Heartland has now popped up simply title “Marvin.” Watch…
The two-minute video was made with an iPhone and uploaded to YouTube about a month ago after San Diego Comic Con. It shows two friends talking about their night when they come across a disgusting, gooey hodgepodge creature. The video also features actor Josh Blacker as the truck driver. Blacker is a sci-fi genre regular that was featured in the TV series V and SGU: Stargate Universe. He will also appear in Blomkamp’s Elysium next spring.
The two viral videos are ambiguous. It’s unclear if this will have something to do with Blomkamp’s project after Elysium or if the director is just having fun making creature shorts. In an interview with the Playlist at Comic Con, Blomkamp talked about AGM Heartland:
“a weird, strange science fiction comedy shot on an iPhone, and that there may be more on the way: “That has nothing to do with ‘Elysium.’ That’s another project that may very well see the light of day soon that is absolutely hilarious. Hilarious. I love that project. I may release another video of that pretty soon actually.”
AGM Heartland is described as a “fictional genetic engineering company that produces genetically engineered and altered organisms.” Nothing has been made of AGM Heartland in more than a year after the first video was released. Maybe Blomkamp wanted to do this project after District 9 but didn’t get the kind of online response he was looking for so he scrapped it and then decided to do Elysium instead. Whatever the case may be, Marvin is a freaky little short.
Here’s the original viral short Blomkamp released back in 2010…
Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium will be released in theaters on March 1st 2013.