“District 9” and “Elysium” director Neill Blomkamp said that if ever did a sequel to one of those two films, he would be more keen on returning to the world of “District 9” as it’s “a world he built.”
In many ways that’s the same reason he won’t tackle such films as the upcoming “Star Wars” sequels. Here’s the fairly all-encompassing answer he gave this week to the question of whether he would consider adaptations or sequels:
“I don’t actively sit down and say I’m going to do my own stuff and that I want everything to be original.
One of the things I learned with Halo… I actually still really like the world and universe of Halo and if I was given control, I would like to do that film.
But that’s the problem. When something pre-exists there’s this idea of ‘I have my interpretation of what that is’ but along with it comes like 150 other people involved with the film’s interpretation of the same intellectual property.
And then the entire filmgoing audience has their interpretation. And you can live up to or fail in their eyes. And that part of it isn’t appealing to me. But the original pieces are appealing.
In terms of sequels to my own stuff, a lot of it just comes down to if there’s more to say. And I think the world of District 9 has a lot of very interesting race and oppression-based ideas that I would still like to explore in that world.
Again, I have zero problems, I’ll make my own stuff or whatever you want to call it, sequalize my own stuff.
And then there’s a few pieces of cinema history that I like so much I don’t know whether I could be involved with them. There’s, you know, there’s iconic characters that I really like that I would love to get closer to and make a film about.
When I start dipping my toes into it, I get this allergic reaction. Maybe one day I’ll end up doing something like that.”