Update From ‘District 9′ Director Neill Blomkamp

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If you saw District 9 this summer and liked it, you may be wondering what’s next from South African director Neil Blomkamp.

Back in October, we learned that Blomkamp has another sci-fi film on the way – which will be funded by Media Rights Capital, a smaller studio that will allow Blomkamp the creative freedom he covets. (Don’t worry guys, a District 9 sequel is also on the slate.)

Blomkamp recently spoke to the guys over at Collider and had updates about his next sci-fi project, why he loves the genre and why he’s cool working on a smaller scale in terms of budget. Check out some quotes:

“I’ve been offered films – a lot of films, in fact – with seriously high budgets, and I’ve turned them all down…Once the budgets get bigger, you can’t do what you want as a director, unless you’re Peter Jackson or James Cameron.

“This next movie will cost more than “District 9″ but it will cost much, much less than the big summer films. You can do a lot for less now. It’s all about process, too. If go into it knowing what you want to accomplish, you can save money.

“Science fiction interests me massively…I like using science fiction to talk about subjects through the veneer of science fiction…I’m like a total visual kid. I grew up as an artist. Science fiction allows for design and creatures and guns and all the stuff that I like as well. So I think most of the films I make, I’m sure, will be in that category. But…I could also totally do horror. Science fiction and horror, that right there is my optimum…”

There’s much more to the transcript, so hop over to Collider if you want to read it all in full.

Blomkamp is already earning himself the label of an “auteur” – something we haven’t really heard (rightly) applied to a young filmmaker since the days of Kubrick or Hitchcock. The guy really seems to have clarity of vision, a serious talent for visual effects and, best of all, the quintessential essence of a great filmmaker: the ability to tell an interesting story.

On the one hand I do hope to see Blomkamp branch out into other genres – but on the other hand, I’m glad he’s sticking around to continue pushing sci-fi back in the right direction. Can’t wait for his next project – how about you?

In the meantime, District 9 is out on DVD/Blu-ray.

Source: Collider

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  1. “Blomkamp is already earning himself the label of an “auteur” – something we haven’t really heard (rightly) applied to a young filmmaker since the days of Kubrick or Hitchcock.”

    Umm…there have been a lot of deserving young filmmakers to be called “auteur” since Kubrick. P.T. and Wes Anderson, the Coens, Alfonso Cuaron, and many others that are far superior to Blomkamp.

  2. Good for Neill! I hope he sticks to his guns with regard to avoiding the big budget stuff – once you give into the Hollyweird execs and the big bucks, you never go back (or so it seems). The primary reason I see a movie is for the story – all the special effects are great, but ONLY if they advance the story. Hollyweird misses the mark far too often, in my opinion. Neill and other filmmakers of his ilk make going to the theater an exciting, interesting experience. With the price of tickets going up all the time, that’s even more important than ever.

  3. The idea of Neil + Horror REALLY interests me. There have been very few GOOD horror films lately.

    And he says he likes science fiction horror, how about he do Dead Space movie? He’d be ABSOLUTELY perfect to make that movie.

  4. FYI The Blomkamp quotes and source info in the collider article are actually from the LA times blog http://bit.ly/6ZUKzl

  5. Trish, couldn’t agree more with your assessment vis a vis special effects! Most studios these days use them like a drunk uses a lamp post…for support instead of illumination.

  6. Personally, I like what he is doing, hopefully as he keeps making successful movies (which I am sure they will be) his budgets will keep getting bigger and bigger. I hope his awesome-ness scales proportionally to how much money he is given to work with.

  7. Since there’s a 99% chance he won’t be doing a halo movie. How about a sci-fi horror game dead space. Great story and visuals in the game.

  8. What a great idea Eddie (*sarcasm)

  9. @ Eddie

    Dead Space is already in production by another studio and director. Game Informer FTW!!!

  10. He should direct Quantum Leap: the movie!

  11. I am anxiously waiting for this young lad’s new project. He makes the films I would like to make, sure we all think we have the vision and the passion he has…..thank God Mr. Jackson found him. Very exciting to me what is next!

  12. Hopefully he can break away from the same pseudo documentary style that ALL of his work has been so far… While I think it’s good to have your own style, that style is far too specific and relies too much on the “it’s kind of like a documentary” gimmick to have any lasting appeal in my opinion…

  13. I’d love to see him direct Star Trek. I bet it would be better then Diet Pepsi Abrams.

    :-)

    Looking forward to the District 9 sequel, more so then the next Batman film.
    Blomkamp is the next big thing in Directors. Imo.