District 9 opened over the weekend to bank approximately $37 million. It marked the first full-length feature directorial debut for Neill Blomkamp and the first real acting gig for its star, Sharlto Copley. The pair made executive producer, Peter Jackson, look good for putting his faith in them.
Blomkamp and Copley spoke on Fangoria Radio to promote the film and briefly discussed the potential of a sequel. They both are interested and with the money this will earn at the box office and on home video, it’s very likely.
Blomkamp revealed the importance of him and Copley re-uniting for a future installment:
“It’s my background mixed with the science fiction that I loved. I’d really like to go back to the world of DISTRICT 9—which, without Sharlto’s character, would be a very different kind of movie. So I think automatically the two of us will be reunited again, should the public decide that this film is something they want to see and it’s successful.”
To make a proper sequel, we’d need to see Copley return. [Spoiler] The story really was about his transformation (not just physically) which led to his role in helping his alien pal, Christopher get to the ship above.
I think fans need to know what happens when Christopher returns to Earth with help from his homeworld to save the Prawns stuck in the slums, and we need to see him keep his promise to Copley’s character, Wikus, to help him become human again.
Of course, it won’t be as easy as the Prawns coming back to pick up their friends and leave. Would there be war? Would the Prawns want our planet? Would they want revenge?
I’d like to see more on their homeworld, their technology and their history. The sequel has many interesting directions to go in with limitless potential. I smell a franchise in the making…
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