Neill Blomkamp Explains His Requirements for Making the Sequel to 'District 9'

Friday, 14 July 2017 - 12:35PM
Friday, 14 July 2017 - 12:35PM
Neill Blomkamp Explains His Requirements for Making the Sequel to 'District 9'
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Neill Blomkamp's got a lot on his plate right now. His series of short movies from Oats Studios are grabbing a lot of attention online, and he's got plans of turning at least one of them into a feature-length film (potentially). But for those who've been around for a while, Blomkamp's recent comments in a Reddit AMA have sparked hope that we'll be getting a sequel to the breakout movie that launched the director's mainstream career to begin with.

Tentatively titled District 10, the sequel to District 9 has been rumored and speculated about for years, and Blomkamp is keen to let fans know that it is coming—although not any time in the near future:

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"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. 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 effected me greatly growing up there, that we need to make sure the next film does not forget that."
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As frustrating as it may be to learn that Blomkamp doesn't intend on pursuing this project any time soon, the director is certainly making the right choice. It must have been tempting, especially in the wake of Chappie's relatively poor reception, to consider returning to a proven story for the sake of giving fans what they want.

Instead, Blomkamp went in the complete opposite direction, making a series of shorter movies in a quest to find the story that could be his next big blockbuster film. In a world of sequels, spin-offs, and endless reboots, it's a welcome relief to find a director that cares about furthering his storytelling career, rather than allowing his ideas to stagnate for the sake of taking the easy path.

There are definitely more stories to be told in District 9, particularly surrounding the key characters that made the first movie so memorable. With a film that has such strong social commentary at its root, this isn't a process that can be rushed, and Blomkamp should be applauded for making sure that he's in the right place emotionally to touch on the strong themes of race and segregation that underpin that movie universe.

While it's disappointing to have to wait for more District 9, Blomkamp's logic makes sense, and his Oats Studios shorts certainly go a long way to making up for it—after all, why have a sequel to an existing story, when you can have half a dozen brand new tales instead?
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