Neill Blomkamp Talks District 9 Sequel

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It looks as though Neill Blomkamp is keen to return to ‘District 9’… as he reveals he has a great idea for the sequel.

During an interview with IGN, the young sci-fi director admitted that he still wants to make ‘District 10’… and has a cool idea.

“I have an idea for District 10, which is really cool” he revealed. “The problem is I feel like Chappie is the end of three films that have a similar stylistic approach to them… Moving forward I would love to realise this idea of District 10 – I have every intention to do it, I just need to find the right time to do it – to not go back to Johannesburg and shoot something similar, yet.”

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But while ‘District 9’ ends on a bit of a cliff hanger, it looks as though Blomkamp intended to leave it there… and his idea for the sequel is a completely new one.

“I had no idea [there would be a sequel] to the point that I remember walking into Peter Jackson’s office, which was down the hall from the editing room I was in. The edit was locked and the movie was basically done, and I walked into his office and was like ‘You know that the ending of the film is for a sequel?’ And he may have known that all along, but I didn’t, so he was like ‘Mmm, yeah, it is sort of, isn’t it?’ And then the film came out and I left New Zealand. But no, there was zero, pre-meditated… I was not hinting at anything, and nothing was thought of.”

“It was a completely self-contained story about the Nazi becoming the Holocaust victim,” he added. “It was the oppressor becoming the oppressed. And when it’s based on a character like that, it ends on that character.”

Of course, in reality it’s likely to be a few years before Blomkamp returns to the world of ‘District 9’. After all, he’s likely to be pretty tied up with the upcoming ‘Alien’ sequel.

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But will the fans really want to see more?

“I think that the story that I have now is what I would want to see as a fan of the first film, I think. I know I would want to see it – I assume other people would. It’s good man!”

Let’s just hope it’s as good an idea as its predecessor.

Would you want to see a ‘District 9’ sequel? Will Blomkamp ever head back to the world? Let us know what you think in the comments below…

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  • Joe Newbury

    “It was a completely self-contained story about the Nazi becoming the Holocaust victim,” he added. “It was the oppressor becoming the oppressed. And when it’s based on a character like that, it ends on that character.”

    I love that Blomkamp’s work demonstrates a strong sense of social commentary behind all the science fiction. Although Elysium may not have quite worked for me (perhaps too many of today’s societal ills in one go) District 9 was littered with so many pressing moral messages and a cracking, sci-fi narrative – which both together I appreciate even more after reading that quote.

    I also think after reading what Blomkamp has said about the sequel I totally agree with him. I no longer have a curiosity to see what happened to Wikus after all.