With his previously planned fifth installment of the Alien franchise now dead, director Neill Blomkamp is officially returning to the world of his biggest hit — District 9. In an interview to discuss his new studio, Oats Studios, which will serve as an outlet for some of his ideas, Blomkamp revealed plans to return to the world of District 9.
Asked whether or not the director plans to use his studio to release a few shorts teasing potential projects that would tie-in to District 9, Elysium, or Chappie, Blomkamp revealed that that’d probably be a no because of the studios that own the films. However, he did tease a project set in the same world of the critically acclaimed District 9.
The director was quoted as saying ‘With District 9, I plan on making another film in that world. To go back and work with WETA, and make the film would be cool, but anything that pre-exists like that may not be the best fit for whatever we’re trying here.’
Made on a budget of $30 million, District 9 proved to be a success back in 2009, raking in over $200 million worldwide at the box office. The film, which secured a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, was written by Terri Tatchell and Blomkamp, and starred Sharlto Copley and told the story of an extraterrestrial race that is forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth where they are exploited in squalor only to find a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.
District 9 is, of course, the highly acclaimed modern cult classic 2009 science fiction thriller film directed by Neill Blomkamp, written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell. The film stars Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, and David James.
The film’s title refers to a township created to accommodate the arrival of some aliens forced to land on Earth when their ship has technical problems. Their ship is the size of a city and hangs in the air above Johannesburg, dominating almost every exterior shot in the film. It’s a symbol of what these unfortunate aliens have lost. A way home.
Anticipation for a follow-up film has been high since District-9 was released, and It seems fair to say it’s going to be a big deal when it finally arrives. With it currently unknown how far Blomkamp is on any potential sequel to District 9, it’s unknown when a sequel could be expected to hit theaters.