Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has already revealed that he intends to do a follow-up to his 2009 breakout feature “District 9”. In a new interview with Screen Rant this week, he discusses a surprise follow-up to his second feature – the not so well-regarded Matt Damon-led “Elysium”.
Speaking with the outlet whilst discussing his Oats Studios short film initiative, Blomkamp was asked if “Elysium” would’ve benefitted from the short film approach first. He seemed to think it would and hopes to explore the core ideas of it in a future film:
“Elysium is more something I feel like I could have done better. I think that if you were to take something like Elysium and play with it inside a setting like this you probably would hone it – you would end up, I think, with something well thought through and that has all of the thematic elements that I wanted.
I still love the set up to Elysium. The idea of the separation of class warfare presented with this space ring is incredibly appealing to me and I would love to go back and make another movie in the world of Elysium because it’s compelling. I just think I can do a better job in setting up what the themes are more clearly and what the character’s motivations are. I can do it better, I think.”
“Elysium” scored decent reviews and ultimately grossed $286 million from a $115 million production budget, making it a very modest success. The greenlighting of a sequel seems unlikely at this point.
His subsequent film “Chappie” was met with a much harsher reaction both from reviewers and at the box-office. Unlike with “Elysium,” Blomkamp says he’s happy with how the film ended up:
“Just to clear that up. Chappie was never something that I said I would have done differently. It was actually the opposite with Chappie. It’s that despite everything negative that happened with that film I will stand by the way that I made it. For me as the creator of it, I feel did exactly I had in my head. Whether I deserved criticism for it or not, I feel like I got it right.
I obviously have absolutely no control over how the audiences respond to anything I make, but I know as an artist making the piece that I feel like either did what I had and I stuck true to it and I got it the way I wanted to, or I didn’t.
And I know that I feel like Chappie was done in the way I wanted it to be done. That means if audiences come around to it and people begin to respond to it then I would love that. I’m all for that. I can’t control what happens.””
The comments come as the third and final short film of the first volume from Oats Studios arrives. “Zygote” stars Dakota Fanning and Jose Pablo Cantillo in the story of two people stranded in an Arctic mine who are forced to fight for their lives. Check it out in full below: