Neill Blomkamp has been a hot topic of conversation lately. His robot drama, Chappie, just opened wide today, and stealing a lot of the spotlight from that release, talk of his upcoming Alien movie has been everywhere (I actually almost feel bad for the guy, he can’t open his mouth about his new movie without being asked about his next one). Both of those things are pretty big, but that’s not even everything, as he’s once again been chatting about a sequel to his debut feature, District 9.
In a few short weeks, Neill Blomkamp’s latest science fiction film, Elysium, will hit theaters across the country. Elysium is the long awaited follow-up to his Academy Award-nominated debut film, District 9. Although the film’s central story wraps up by the end of the movie, it seems like the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi take on South African history. A sequel has been rumored since District 9’s release in 2009, but until now Blomkamp has seemed too busy to work on the would-be District 10. Recently, however, the director said that he has completed an 18-page treatment for the District 9 sequel.
In a director’s profile from Wired, Blomkamp reveals that he wrote a new treatment for District 10 with his wife and writing partner, Terri Tatchell. Blomkamp didn’t divulge any details about the sequel’s storyline, but admits that District 10 is “really fucking cool.” It seems as if Neill Blomkamp isn’t fully committing to the project, but he wants to keep the door open for a District 9 sequel.
In the past, Blomkamp has said that he’s very interested in making a sequel to District 9, so this 18-page treatment is one small step toward seeing District 10 in theaters. The only question is, when? Hopefully District 10 will be Blomkamp’s follow-up to his upcoming sci-fi/comedy Chappie, but it appears that the South African director doesn’t want to spread himself too thin with other projects in the pipeline.
In a few short months, Neill Blomkamp will release his follow-up to District 9 with the science fiction allegory Elysium. Since Elysium was supposed to be a release for March 2013, Blomkamp has already moved on to his next project Chappie. While we have no idea what Blomkamp will have in store for audiences with Elysium, many still wonder if he’ll ever make a sequel to his directorial debut, District 9.
In an interview with IGN, Neill Blomkamp talked about how much he wants to make District 10 (the would-be title for the District 9 sequel), but he’s currently busy getting Elysium in theaters for August. Blomkamp is also getting Chappie together and he can only do so much in one day. Blomkamp explained:
“I really want to make a District 9 sequel. I genuinely do. The problem is I have a bunch of ideas and stuff that I want to make. I’m relatively new to this – I’m about to make my third film, and now the pattern that I’m starting to realise is very true is that you lock yourself into a film beyond the film you’re currently working on. But it just doesn’t work for me.”