District 9 Director Talks Sequel, Prequel & Video Game

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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.

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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?

Source: LA Times (thanks to Cinemablend)

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  1. I would love to see the lead up to the evictions. There was a LOT of back story that was briefly touched upon. to include the “human” gangs, the collection of the goop, etc.

    Id like to see it mostly from the Prawns ;) point of view.

  2. As much as it was a great movie, with great ideas and good characters but, making another one isnt a good idea.

  3. 3 years, that’s what Chris promised. I’m all for a sequel to this one.

    Finally, a director that’s at least as smart as the films he directs. He’s right, screw the game.

  4. Should be good

  5. Ok, im feel very passionate for this film..

    I’d freaking love to see a sequal, and at the same time i DON’T.

    like you ross, i feel the movie was such a beautiful stand alone project. for me its primarily for the way the ending left me feeling. Leaving the rest to the viewers hopes or beliefs. The very last scene, though very very simple.. left me with so much sadness and yet hope at the same time, that im happy with the rest being left to the imagination. I cant really recall a movies ending having that effect on me.

    a sequal would be freaking sweet cause wickus’s last stand in that bio suit thing has to be one of the coolest things in any movie ever lol. More of that would be SWWWEEEETT!

  6. OH and to everyone out there, and what this article should have been titled.

    Neil Blomkamp says

    EAT IT! halo/BUNGIE/microsoft

  7. If he had made Halo, it would have been amazing, it is one of those dream never made projects

  8. i’ll bet you all the money in Aknot’s pocket that if a sequel is made, the budget sky-rockets. thats what ALWAYS happens, then the story either gets pushed aside for the CGI or they simply rewrite the same story. include me out!

  9. I am totally fired up for a SEQUEL. I mean, a prequel could be cool I guess, but to me, there limitless possibilities moving forward.

    You kind of already know what happens leading up to D9.

    [SPOILER] I would love to see what happens when Christopher comes back! Does he blow everything up? Does he help Wikus like he promised? Can he even help him? [/SPOILER]

    I definitely want to see a DIRECT sequel… District 10.

  10. “games based on movies rarely work. And movies based on games don’t work — I don’t know what’s up with that.”

    So very True, yet I can’t wait to play a decent game based on District 9, maybe they should continue the story where movie stopped.

  11. I want a prequel, sequel, and a videogame. i’d pay double the price for them.

  12. First of all LOVED the movie I’ve been SA and have been right were the filming was done, so realistic. I also understand the racail under tones thru out SA so the movie was right on.
    I think it would be great to see if Wikus is helped out in 3 years, there so many possible choices here you could pick right at the end and show what Wikus new life is like how its changed him and if he would go back to being human now that he has first hand seen what his people did to him, great moral choice there would he side with the aliens or go back to his old self.
    Again there is so much that coiuld be done here, so bring it on.

  13. I'd be interested in a prequel OR a sequel. it sort of demands continuation- but if there is no sequel, it's fine by me. A prequel would be fascinating.

  14. I’d like to see both a prequel and a sequel, if nothing else, perhaps a sequel with some flashback history footage, but I also do not want to see a sequel in the vein of ID4 or Skyline… *shudder*

    This movie was EPIC only because of it’s originality.

    Any prequel based on planet Earth would only be a retread of the first half of the first movie anyway.

    The more thought I put into this, the more this really needs to remain a stand alone movie.

  15. I hope n pray that Mr. Blomkamp keeps his word when he said he will be back in three years. If District 9-2 does come, it will be a hit at the theater’s. I have a real good feeling about that. It will be a big mistake if he doesn’t do it. I can’t wait to see Christopher again. He will have help this time.

  16. WTH please make a sequel with some flashback action or info on how they got there in the first place. It would be a huge mistake to leave us all hanging here and not continue with the story. we need this!

    • indeed !!!

  17. speaking of a name for sequel( if there were to be one) i personally think its should be a name with a deeper meaning to it, a name with some mystery or hidden meaning behind it that you would only understand if you watched the movie,like ” 3 years ago” or something to do with the promise Chris made, just my opinion

  18. Hi, Go ahead with the movie! South African movies are very enjoyable because the acting is excellent and the story-line that is usually of ,” intelligent design,” (unlike American films) keep you interested. All you have to do is stay one tiny step ahead of the audience and keep them guessing . You don’t have to keep filling up the movie with special effects; although I love it!!! American films are too , Speilbergish?? … Little story; Lots of Blowing up! Please , make another, District 9, the continuation LOTS OF STORY ; JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF SPECIAL EFFECTS. GOOD LUCK, John DeLellis

  19. this movie is so good i hope there is comming a sequel !!!!
    that would be so awesome !!!
    this was the best movie i have ever seen