District 9 director Neill Blomkamp may have turned his attention to a new sci-fi project that he spoke about recently, but that doesn’t stop him from keeping the District in mind. LA Times Hero Complex recently did a lengthy interview with the director which they split into three parts, the third part being where the info on a possible District 9 sequel or prequel – as well as a video game – can be found. Read on below for what he had to say.
We’ve heard word from Blomkamp before about a followup to District 9 when he stated that he’d love to got back to the world he created, and that if he did he’d probably be reunited with star Sharlto Copley. Fellow Screen Rant writer Rob Keyes said it before, but I think a great way for a sequel to go would be for [SPOILER] the aliens to return to Earth and for Chris to make good on his promise to make Wikus human again. But would it mean all out war in the process?… Another movie is sounding better by the minute, eh?
In talking to LA Times, Blomkamp said that producer Peter Jackson would ultimately have the most say in whether or not there was a followup to District 9, but he himself would definitely have a say as well. He talked about the speculation over a D9 video game, but stated it stresses him out because, “games based on movies rarely work. And movies based on games don’t work — I don’t know what’s up with that.” Neither do I, sir, neither do I… Having said that, Blomkamp also stated that a game of the movie would be fascinating because of the world created – the slums, the guns etc – but said there’s nothing happening on that front.
After shooting down a TV series based on the film, Blomkamp talked about a sequel and maybe even a prequel. Check out the quote about it:
“But the concept of aliens in Johannesburg is such an appealing idea to me and the issues of race and how they meet. All of the things that I had going on with it. I wouldn’t mind messing around with it again. I’m open to it if the story works and there’s a reason to do it. And [Copley's character] Wikus is so funny to me, I’m very interested in a sort of passive racist like that. If you go forward [with his story beyond "District 9"] it’s more of a traditional film but if you go backward I’d be intrigued in that. I’m not so interested in aliens coming back and blowing things up but [a prequel] might be interesting.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Blomkamp HERE.
Neill Blomkamp on set of District 9
It sounds like Blomkamp has just the right attitude about another District 9 – he would welcome the opportunity to do it but wouldn’t want to for any of the wrong reasons like “to make lots more money and that’s it” (D9 only had a budget of $30 million, compared to the mammoth $200 million of movies like Transformers 2 and 2012 – and which was the better movie?). I’d personally be really interested in another movie, particularly because the first is left wide open for continuation. But at the same time, I don’t think there needs to be another one (sequel or prequel) – if D9 was left as a standalone film and story, I wouldn’t be angry in the slightest.
BONUS: On top of discussing his plans for returning to the world of District 9, Blomkamp gave a little bit of info away about his next untitled sci-fi project (which he acquired funding for a few months back): He revealed it takes place 150 years from now and there are two cities he’s choosing between to set it (it’s not Johannesburg in South Africa, as D9 was).
Would you like to see a sequel or a prequel to District 9? Does the open ending demand a sequel or is it fine as is? Would the story make for a good video game in your opinion?