Sharlto Copley Talks About When We'll See a District 9 Prequel
I know I'm not the only one who's anxious to hear more about the prospect of a District 9 sequel or prequel or whatever, not only because I really loved the movie and want to see more, but also because I'm a huge fan of director Neill Blomkamp and want to see more from him. Last week, a rumor hit on MarketSaw claiming that a sequel, to be called District 10, would shoot this year, but that was obviously just not true at all (hence why we never mentioned it). Empire caught up with Wikus himself, actor Sharlto Copley, and got a good update out of him about what to truly expect regarding a sequel/prequel. Read on to find out what he said!
"Neil wants it and I want it. Neil's doing another film first. Then I think if everything goes according to plan we'll do the second film in about two years time. That story can go in so many different ways. There's a whole universe. I'm sure a lot of writers say that, but we actually have an entire universe."
"This thing started shooting in 2005, and before we shot the film we shot Alive In Joburg and two other shorts as part of Neil's creative development process. Those next two films actually had my character, Wikus, in them, although I wasn't called Wikus in them. So they were two parts of the development of the world and where the story was going to go and all that."
"There's a million ways you can go. Neil's actually very interested in prequels as well; he's said that a few times. We wouldn't do the traditional Hollywood version of the sequel which would just be 100 aliens fighting humans."
So what it sounds like is that Neil and Copley will be making a prequel and are aiming to shoot it sometime around 2012 or so, but don't take that as confirmation of anything. As we know, and even as Copley said ("if everything goes according to plan"), nothing in Hollywood is official until the cameras are rolling. I'd really like to see this happen and I hope Neill comes up with a good story and Sony hops on-board as well. There's no reason they shouldn't greenlight this prequel, but for now we can certainly assure you it won't be coming anytime in the near future (as in, it won't be shooting this year). Who else is excited to see this prequel?