Though he’s made three films so far including “Elysium” and “Chappie,” South African director Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9” remains easily his most acclaimed feature so far. So it’s of little surprise that there’s a fan push for a sequel, a project that has been stuck in development hell for some time as Blomkamp has turned his attention to other projects.
In a recent nterview with IGN, Blomkamp revealed that he does have an idea for a follow-up but can’t reveal any specifics just yet:
“I have an idea for District 10, which is really cool. 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 realize 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.”
The filmmaker confirms he originally saw “District 9” as a stand alone movie, while his new idea for District 10 will be something that fans of the original will want to see.
“It [District 9] was a completely self-contained story about the Nazi becoming the Holocaust victim, basically. 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!”