South African director Neill Blomkamp has a lot on his plate, with the release of Chappie and future-planning for the next Alien sequel, but that hasn’t stopped the filmmaker thinking about how to follow-up his most successful film, District 9.
Speaking with IGN UK, Blomkamp said that he has some concept of what he’d want the District 9 sequel to be, but it might not be what people expect.
“I have an idea for District 10, which is really cool” Blomkamp revealed. “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.”
Blomkamp then admitted that said idea is a completely new one, and that when he finished District 9 he had no clue where the story was heading.
“I had no idea to the point that I remember walking into Peter Jackson’s office, which was down the hall from the editing room I was in. The edit was locked and the movie was basically done, and I walked into his office and was like “You know that the ending of the film is for a sequel?” And he may have known that all along, but I didn’t, so he was like “Mmm, yeah, it is sort of, isn’t it?” And then the film came out and I left New Zealand. But no, there was zero, pre-meditated… I was not hinting at anything, and nothing was thought of.”
So while D9 ended on something of a cliffhanger, Blomkamp himself saw it as a standalone movie. Until now…
“It 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!”
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