Neill Blomkamp once again states plans to return to the world of District 9, though now he says that he wants to finish Wikus (Sharlto Copley) and Christopher’s (Jason Cope) story. Long before Blomkamp got into the business of making feature films, he made short films, the most famous of which was his 2006 short Alive in Joburg. It caught Hollywood’s attention, and, as with many short film-turned-feature film directors, Blomkamp was hired to turn his short into a major motion picture — and that’s how District 9 came to be.
It was an overwhelming success for the new filmmaker, whose film grossed $210.8 million worldwide against an estimated production budget of $30 million, and it had even garnered multiple Academy Award nominations, including in the highly-coveted Best Picture category. Needless to say, District 9 put Blomkamp on the map. Instead of immediately making a sequel, though, the filmmaker decided to move onto other projects, namely Elysium and Chappie, both of which he wrote, directed, and produced. And now, he’s busy working on making new short films through his newly-formed Oats Studios. Still, that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about District 9.
Blomkamp has previously said that he wants to return to the world of District 9, though he never gave any inclination as to what type of story he wanted to tell. While promoting his latest Oats Studios short films, Blomkamp revealed in a recent Reddit AMA that he wants to make District 10 so that he can finish Wikus and Christopher’s story.
“OK, so with District 10 the basic answer is yes. I want to go back to that world and tell rest of the story with Wikus and Christopher.”
For those that don’t remember, District 9 ended on a cliffhanger, with Christopher leaving Earth on the alien mother ship after having promised Wikus to return within three years with the cure to his disease. Furthermore, the South African government had demolished District 9 and moved everyone into District 10 — which is what audiences believe the sequel will be titled. Unfortunately, with Blomkamp now working on short films again, he doesn’t have much time to work on making another District 9 film.
“The issue right now is that I have many other projects and ideas that I also want to work on and complete […] and most importantly, the exact right REASON to make District 10 needs be very clear. The first film was based so explicitly on real themes and topics from South Africa that [affected] me greatly growing up there, that we need to make sure the next film does not forget that.”
It’s never a good idea to make a sequel just for the sake of making one, so the fact that he wants to get the story right before moving forward with another installment should be comforting to fans of the first film. But, since there are no longer plans to make his proposed Aliens sequel, Alien 5, with Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn, perhaps he’ll consider making District 10 his next feature film. Until that happens, though, science fiction fans can enjoy all the new, experiential stuff Oats Studios has been putting out, such as the recently released Zygote short.
Source: Neill Blomkamp
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