Neill Blomkamp Would Love to Return for a District 9 Sequel
It's pretty much inevitable that we'll see a sequel to District 9. The film made an impressive $37.3 million over the weekend, not only surpassing expectations, but making more than its entire budget (not including marketing costs). And the story also sets up a sequel perfectly (we won't say how until below to prevent spoilers) in the end. But like with J.J. Abrams and Cloverfield, will Peter Jackson put a hold on it until they come up with a story that's satisfactory? Well, Neill Blomkamp already seems quite excited to go back, as he recently told EW: "I would do anything to go back to the world of District 9 again. Or District 10."
"I'd love to make a sequel, because it's so creatively rewarding to me; there's just something about [the story]," he told Fangoria. "It's my background mixed with the science fiction that I loved. I'd really like to go back to the world of DISTRICT 9—which, without Sharlto's character, would be a very different kind of movie. So I think automatically the two of us will be reunited again, should the public decide that this film is something they want to see and it's successful."
Well, the public has decided, and it definitely is successful. And I can't wait to see the numbers after this upcoming weekend, too, as the positive reviews are only going to help it perform strong the second weekend as well. Speaking of the inevitable sequel, anyone who has seen it knows that Christopher (Wikus' alien friend) will be back in three years time, right? Whether he's coming back to heal Wikus or just save his "people" (or both), we don't yet know, but I'd love to see any/all of that happen. It's also interesting to see Neill mention that Sharlto (who plays Wikus) won't be back because he becomes "one of them" in the end.
Speaking of Neill Blomkamp, even if he doesn't come back for District 10, he's got other ideas already in the works. "I've actually got an idea now for the next film I want to do, which is [another] science fiction movie, but the idea of a full-on horror is incredibly high on my list. This kind of horror/science fiction genre — I want to be in that world, that's where I’d like to be." After this weekend, Blomkamp can go wherever and do whatever he wants. He's being heralded as one of the greatest new directors, a young up-and-coming James Cameron or Steven Spielberg (or so Dave Chen of the /Filmcast referred to him). Excited for a sequel?