Poor Sharlto Copley is about to go on the publicity rounds to promote The A-Team, which means he's going to be asked nonstop about when the District 9 sequel will film, if he'll be involved in it, how they'll come up with a plot, etc. etc. Getting things started is Empire Magazine, whom Copley told the plan is to start work on District 10-- or whatever they're calling it-- in two years.

"Neil wants it and I want it. Neil's doing another film first. Then I think if everything goes according to plan we'll do the second film in about two years time. That story can go in so many different ways. There¹s a whole universe. I'm sure a lot of writers say that, but we actually have an entire universe.

"This thing started shooting in 2005, and before we shot the film we shot Alive In Joburg and two other shorts as part of Neil's creative development process. Those next two films actually had my character, Wikus, in them, although I wasn't called Wikus in them. So they were two parts of the development of the world and where the story was going to go and all that.

"There's a million ways you can go. 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."

I'm sure Copley didn't intend that last statement to be a slight jab against James Cameron, but really, he's right-- District 9 really wouldn't stand up to an Aliens-level sequel, and if they want to keep Wikus involved, well, I'll just let you figure that out sans-spoiler. It sounds like we've got a while to let Blomkamp and Copley plan things out, and plenty of time to pester them about details-- including that darned A-Team publicity tour. Put on your brave face, Sharlto! We appreciate it!

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