Neill Blomkamp Talks District 9 Sequel Plans
At the end of District 9 it’s pretty evident that a sequel is a possibility. Speculate all you want, but the plot prospects are endless. Earlier today, the LA Times posted the third part of their interview with writer/director Neill Blomkamp and it’s got some interesting details on what life-after-District 9 could be like.
Interviewer Geoff Boucher began probing by asking Blomkamp about expanding the film in any sense, whether it’s on the big screen, on TV or on a game console. Blomkamp first addressed his skepticism about creating a videogame simply because “games based on movies rarely work.” But wait. Didn’t Blomkamp once make arrangements to direct the film adaption of Halo? Yes and Boucher called him out on it. After agreeing that he thought he was ‘the guy that could make it work’ and chatting graphics, Blomkamp moved on to the next medium, TV.
Don’t worry, I’m about to get to the good stuff because Blomkamp shoots down the small screen series right off the bat and moves on to sequel talk. He said he’d love to revisit the whole aliens-in-Johannesburg situation and particularly everyone’s favorite MNU agent-turned-prawn Wikus Van Der Merwe (Sharlto Copley). He further explained, “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.”
A prequel? Would that mean the aliens are MIA or would the film address the events that took place when they first arrived? Sadly, those questions go unanswered, but if District 9 2 isn’t set in stone, I’d rather not be teased by details anyway.
Even if another film does happen, we wouldn’t see it for quite sometime. Blomkamp is currently engaged in developing a film treatment he wrote just a month after finishing District 9. He said he couldn’t divulge any info on the project, but does sneak in that it’s “science fiction and it has many sociopolitical ideas” and “the setting for the next film takes place 150 years from now. There are two cities that I'm choosing between. They would play as themselves. They are not in South Africa.”
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