Sharlto Copley Talks District 9 Sequel

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:09 pm,

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Ever since Neill Blomkamp’s debut feature film District 9 came out and was not only a critical hit but a financial one too, people have been wondering when a sequel was going to come along. It’s not really a necessary sequel in my opinion, but I don’t think anyone who enjoyed the first one would say no to more of that quality sci-fi storytelling.

Only a couple of days ago we learned that District 9 2 (will it be called District 10?) could start shooting as early as this Fall, with Blomkamp and Peter Jackson coming back to direct and produce respectively.

There were a few things that made that seem unlikely, including Sony denying the report (studios always deny until they themselves break the news) and the fact that Blomkamp is set to do another untitled sci-fi project which he acquired funding for last year.

However, just a couple of days since the last update we have another one from District 9 star, Shartlo Copley, who revealed some interesting little pieces of info to Empire. As part of their A-Team feature (in which Copley plays ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock), Empire asked Copley about the status of theĀ  District 9 sequel and what we can expect from the story.

Copley said that both he and Blomkamp really want to do another District 9. He said that indeed Blomkamp was going to do another movie first (we assume he means that untitled sci-fi project) but, “if everything goes according to plan we’ll do the second film in about two years time.” So not quite as soon as this Fall, but at least there’s a plan in place.

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Although Copley realizes it’s a cliched thing to say, he says there’s a whole universe there that can be explored. “That story can go in so many different ways… There’s a million ways you can go,” he said. He also went on to hint that it could be a prequel of some sort, or it least it wouldn’t be the typical sequel that you see:

“Neil’s actually very interested in prequels as well; he’s said that a few times. We wouldn’t do the traditional Hollywood version of the sequel which would just be 100 aliens fighting humans.”

Although I don’t want to see a cliched alien invasion film that Copley is referring to, I still would like the District 9 sequel to go in that sort of direction – i.e. the aliens coming back for full-scale revenge on the humans. It seems logical to me. Also I’d love to see Christopher (the alien who promised Copley’s character, Wikus, that he’d change him back into a human) make good on his promise.

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District 10: War of the Worlds?

Of course, if you’ve been following the news on the follow-up to District 9, you’ll probably remember Blomkamp talking about his thoughts on where to go from the first one. He said he wasn’t so interested in “aliens coming back and blowing things up,” but that, “a prequel might be interesting.” I’d personally prefer an imaginative sequel rather than going backwards in time to before when the first movie takes place. But I certainly wouldn’t be upset if they went that route, either.

What do you think of the details Copley has given about the District 9 sequel? Would you prefer a straight sequel (with all-out alien vs. human warfare) or is a prequel the better route to go?

Source: Empire

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  1. No Prequel please, that's like a waste of a movie depending on what it is. A Sequel sounds just fine, do that.

  2. Wait… I thought all those aliens were “slaves”. So they go back to where they come from to get other aliens to liberate their slaves? Or does he just get reslaved when he gets back and should have just stayed here.

  3. DISTRICT 10 (Production title at least) is now in pre-production with filming to start in the October time frame this year. Shooting locations will be South Africa once again as well as New Zealand. There has been no word on whether it will be shot in S3D or not as of yet. You will be the first to know! Peter Jackson is again producing the sequel with Neill Blomkamp directing.

    Got that from

    Don't know the validity of it.

  4. I'd like to see the humans go after the aliens. So a sequal, but I want to see the alien world.

    I wouldn't mind a prequel though, but I can't see Sharlto Copley in that, since he was just emerging as someone important in District 9.

  5. I'm so f**king sick of prequels .

    I would prefer to see this great story move forward not back .
    That being said , whatever they make – I will watch :)
    I loved District 9.

  6. christopher: “Three years time. I promise.”

    Enough said

  7. Call me crazy but how about something unique since that was the driving feature about D9, its uniqueness in the SciFi genera specifically and movies in general.

    How about a Prequel + Sequel

    By that I mean story where you start off with seeing some pre-D9 history or info that explains why they crashed on Earth and why they seemingly allowed to become captives when they are clearly much more advanced.

    It would also end in the format of a sequel where they come back (3 years later as was promised) and that entails the main characters from each race (Christopher for the aliens and Vinkis for us the humans) finding each other so Christopher can make good on his promise to fix Vinkis and so they both can then work to prevent the coming intergalactic war that’s coming once the main alien fleet arrives to rescue the rest of the prawns and to exact justice for the way the humans treated them while they were here.

    Coul prove to be very unique just as D9 was.

  8. I wanna see what their planet looks like ……And i Want To Know What Happens After The Tree Year Wait!!!!!!Gosh been waiting for the next darn movie to come out forever!!!!TELL THE PUBLIC SOMETHING!?!!!we WANT TO KNOW!!!….Plz :D

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