Neill Blomkamp Reveals He Has A 'Really Cool' Idea For A District 10 Movie
Back in 2009, Neill Blomkamp won the adoration of sci-fi fans with the brilliant District 9, but since his full directorial debut the South African director's follow up projects have, Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015) were received rather less warmly. With that in mind, it's understandable that, despite a huge level of excitement about his upcoming Alien project, Blomkamp is already thinking about returning to the story that shot him to fame 6 years ago. In an interview with IGN last week, Blomkamp revealed he has an idea for a District 10 movie that he's very excited about.
"I have an idea for District 10, which is really cool" said Blomkamp. "The problem is I feel like Chappie is the end of three films that have a similar stylistic approach to them. Chappie is the odd one out in that is has no socio-political underpinnings. It doesn't have my experiences as a kid in South Africa incorporated into it. And Elysium – although it doesn't have my experiences as a kid in South Africa, it has the same notion of oppressor in the elites, and the large population base beneath it. And Chappie doesn't, but they are still part of a trilogy. So moving forward I would love to realise this idea of District 10 – I have every intention to do it, I just need to find the right time to do it – to not go back to Johannesburg and shoot something similar, yet.
As a fan, it can be tough when there is talk of a beloved sci-fi movie getting a reboot or a sequel. For many though, the natural desire to see more of a good thing often gives way to the fear of stretching a property too thin. Take the Blade Runner sequel, for example. You'd struggle to find a Sci-Fi fan who didn't adore the original, yet the news of Blade Runner 2 has been met with a notably lukewarm response from most people. That's definitely how I feel about District 9, especially when I learnt that Blomkamp always intended it to be a standalone movie.
"It was a completely self-contained story about the Nazi becoming the Holocaust victim, basically."Blomkamp said of District 9 "It was the oppressor becoming the oppressed. And when it's based on a character like that, it ends on that character. The inadvertent world creation that came with it, which to me is my perfect kind of thing that I love – having a bunch of weird alien weapons in the back of a shack that you can discover – that's just ripe for creative insanity, so it took a few years to process what that could be. And I think that the story that I have now is what I would want to see as a fan of the first film, I think. I know I would want to see it – I assume other people would. It's good man!"
What do you think? Would you like to see the South African director return to the world that started it all, or do you think some things are just best left alone?