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Sharlto Copley Talks About When We'll See a District 9 Prequel

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April 28, 2010
Source: Empire

District 9

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?

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  • Quanah
    DO IT!!!!
  • almartva
    As long as they don't pull off a Transformers 2...
  • Knawx
    I want District 9 to be left alone. It was perfect. Nothing could make it better.
  • napoleonblownapart
    I'd rather see a sequel if anything. Prequels tend to be bound by what happens in the film they're leading up to. Why would Wikus be in it Weren't we lead to believe he was a mild mannered 'nobody' until the events of D9?
  • KING
    NICE. that movie was sumtin different and the story was great. hopefully sumtin happens like a prequel or sequel with another great storyline
  • Jesus Loves You
    #3 i feel the same way, but it could be expanded into something great, or Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions.
  • People's Champ
    Come on! Why does everybody need everything spoon fed to them. Why would Wilkus even be in it? maybe the last 10 minutes. Funny how people were saying how it was so original, how it wasnt a remake, sequel, reboot or whatever. Then they want to turn in into something they bitch about.
  • dRailer
    I feel the same as 3 and 6. I've said this in some other areas of the site, but why revisit the same characters? If I were going to do a sequel? No Wikus at all. As the actor himself said they've "got a whole universe." I'd rather see something other than these characters' stories, which are complete, but open-ended... LEAVE IT THAT WAY. As 7 said, let's not spoon feed the audience: imagining what comes next or what came before is part of the fun of movies. It is part of why you go to a coffee shop after a good film and talk about it. And reading the above, he does NOT say "we're going to make prequels." In fact if you read it carefully it says neil's ALSO interested in prequels, which to me means "in addition to" something else... likely a sequel. But yeah, anyway... Leave it alone. It was full of win all by itself.
  • Paul
    We NEED to see the alien guy come back after 2-3 years an help wikus out! Thats the promise he made and a promise I know he would keep... This is what we need to see.. That basic premise could lead to all kinds of storylines, such as the aliens taking Wikus into space to fix him and some angry human sneaks onboard to end the alien race, some angry aliens follow the scientist one back to earth and kidnacp Wikus to "probe" him? I'm sure they can think up better ones that that haha
  • Zac
    I'd like to see the same as #9 pretty much. Except, I would want something a little more epic, such as: The aliens come back w/ a death star type ship, that can only be operated by alien dna. That sets up a good reason for wikus to team up w/ humans to infiltrate the ship and try to stop earth from being destroyed. In a twist ending, the ship could leak black fluid all over the earth and turn everyone into prawns. [Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan]
  • beavis
    i'd rather see a sequel.........i want to see what happens when the alien (who left at the end) comes back with his buddies - something tells me they're going to open up a big can of "whup ass" on us humans.
  • I would prefer a sequel but more of District 9 is all I need. I hope they make one soon!
  • roke
    WHAT I WANT AND HOLLYWOOD DOES NOT SEEM TO DO ANYMORE is a Godfather II type sequel where it tells the story of the prequel AND the SEQUEL simultaneously. No fucking more going back without going forward. It's done. It's played and I AM sick of this approach!!!!! Sequel and Prequel told in the same movie. DoNE. Instant potential classic>>>>
  • Cody w
    This is one movie I'd love to see a sequel to.
  • Cineprog
    A lot can Happen in 2 years in the film world.
  • andrew
    as long as neil and sharlto are in it then count me in !!!
  • Nathaniel
    lmao @ 10
  • Squiggly_P
    I would love to write the sequel to this. I really hope they don't do a prequel. I wasn't a huge fan of District 9 (they wasted a lot of opportunity, I think, but then again, they didn't really have a significant budget, so maybe they had to scale the scope of the film down? I dunno...). If you did a sequel, I think you should NOT have Christopher come back. Maybe at the end. I'd set it up to not even really focus too much on Wikus, but to just explore the possibilities of what you can do with the aliens, who are basically stranded here, and to STOP going toward the whole genocide, oppression direction. Racism is one thing, but the organized oppression that was going on in the first movie was just bad. They were trying to make a point, but that was a really obvious and stupid way to go with that idea. You may as well have made Schindler's List with aliens replacing the jews. Or "The Gray Zone", if any of you have seen that one... I'd look at the second or third generation of alien children. These kids would have been born and raised on Earth and would consider it their home. At the same time, you'd have at least one generation of kids on earth who have grown up with aliens as an everyday thing. There would definitely be some generational conflict going on along with the racial conflict. I think that would be an interesting way to go with a sequel. Obviously you'd want Wikus in there and to continue the plot of the first film, but I think it would be interesting to see what would happen to have the aliens start integrating more with the humans. I mean, they need someone to order them around, right? You'd think they'd make for perfect employees. Have them do the shit jobs no one else does, and you can pay them with catfood 😛
  • Seanzo
    I think part of the reason that so many people want to see a sequel happen is because Wikus was an extremely well developed character. What's going to happen to him? Does Christopher keep his word?

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