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Neill Blomkamp's Next Sci-Fi Project Gets the Greenlight!

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October 22, 2009

Neill Blomkamp

Looks like we won't be seeing Neill Blomkamp direct District 10 anytime soon, as he's directing another original sci-fi project next. The BFDealMemo blog reports that Media Rights Capital has committed funding for Blomkamp's next film, a currently untitled original sci-fi film that will begin production by mid-2010. MRC is giving Blomkamp creative freedom and a production commitment that isn't contingent on domestic distribution; he will also get an ownership stake in the finished product. However, Peter Jackson will not be back to produce this, but Blomkamp say that isn't of any major concern for him on his second outing.

"MRC is letting me make the film I want to make and that is by far the most important thing here," Neill said to BFDealMemo. "The film will hopefully be commercial, but it is very much a singular film, that comes directly from me. District 9 was a bit different. I was learning the process then, under Peter Jackson's wing. He had control, but was awesome enough to let me make the film I wanted to." Blomkamp will immediately start writing and preparing the visual effects, which will be a key part of the project. The film will be modest by sci-fi standards, but it will certainly cost more than District 9, which was made for roughly $30 million.

"I'm not particularly interested in massive budget films, or creating huge spectacles that some young directors might be attracted to," Blomkamp said. “Hopefully, this will be a bit unique, very much a reflection of me. It is absolutely another science fiction film, quite different from District 9, but some of the blending of genres and the tone might be within the same realm." Back at Comic-Con, Blomkamp told SlashFilm about what the new project will be about: "It's totally original, it's my own story… It's set on another planet, but it's cool. It's violent, very violent, and very unique hopefully." Can't wait to find out more about this one!

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  • discojellyfish
    Good news! Like District 9 very much. If this guy can get his next film financed, why can't Duncan Jones get money for his next film?
  • GR8
    He's definitely the next James Cameron. Well, at least I think so. The kids got talent coming out the whazoo.
  • Rolkus
    Neil's got some talent, look forward to seeing more on it.
  • teyhtr
    set on a different planet? I think Neill is gonna prove you don't need 300 mil to create a whole new world out of scratch.
  • Never heard of Neil until District 9 this year. That was my sci-fi movie of the decade, so I can't wait for this new project of his.
  • Kalladin
    i would donate money to this guy so he could make movies lol
  • dom
    Whats the bet he uses more docu like style just like every one of his films to date?
  • ryderup
    nice for him. Not a fan of district9 though.
  • yowsaman
    was looking forward to see district 9. saw him... bid dissapointed. expected more out of it. some action scenes where over the top. :) hope he does a better job with his next movie. altough district 9 wasent that bad.
  • M-Cat
    Great news! District 9 was awesome.
  • shadow
    @don He said in an interview that he did that style because it fit with district 9's feel. I don't think you can have a documentary on a foreign planet.
  • Janny
    I look forward to it. District 9 should get an oscar for showing hollywood you don't need the sequal to a reboot that costs 200mil to make a great movie. You can never go wrong with more sci-fi
  • sam
    the most promising young director today
  • Wylles
    Neil Blomkamp FTW!!!
  • Neil Blomkamp is an inspiring guy, they made that film for $30 million, some directors have been tryiong to make films as good as that fot 5 times as much and falling well short of even coming close. I look forward to seeing anything he makes.
  • M
    Good News. I really enjoyed District 9.
  • Corran Horn
    #11 - Actually, you could have a documentary on a foreign planet. It just wouldn't be an Earth-style one, if that makes any sense.
  • Dan W
    Well I'm excited
  • korbindallis
    I loved the film making style of D-9 so cant wait to see what he's got lined up next :) PS great work on the affects by Weta & Image Engine.
  • Bogdan
    It'll be sooo cool. I can't wait for it, i think it is one of the first movies where the action takes place on another planet.I hate how all sf movies are about some aliens invading earth and we beat the crap out of them..not even we, US does,thats total bullshit, no alien ship will land in US, you have to be retard to think that.Thats why D9 was uber awesome( the alien kid is uber cool) so i really think this new movie will kick asses...:D. Maybe its about 2 empires at war:D who knwos.... UBER COOL!

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