Neill Blomkamp Says He's 'Not the Right Guy' to Direct 'Star Wars'
When the directing job for Star Wars: Episode VII was still up in the air, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was one of the most desired names to get behind the camera. And while director J.J. Abrams ended up with the gig, with a presumed new trilogy on the horizon, along with some spin-off films in the Star Wars universe, fans were still hopeful that Blomkamp could end up in a galaxy far, far away at some point. However, the filmmaker seems to have put the kibosh on that possibility after speaking with IGN about his film Elysium starring Matt Damon (watch the awesome new trailer here). So just what did he say?
When asked about his thoughts on directing a Star Wars film, Blomkamp responded:
"I love 'Star Wars.' I really, really love 'Star Wars.' But I’m not the right guy. And also, just taking ideas that already exist in Hollywood is just not for me."
Considering his first feature length film, based on an original short film from his own mind, ended up getting a Best Picture nomination, maybe sticking with his own material is the best idea. After all, when you start playing with a property like Star Wars, there are a lot more cooks in the kitchen, and it's harder for a director to get everything he wants on the big screen. In the end, Blomkamp's sensibilities seem a little too gritty and adult-oriented for a lighter, adventurous sci-fi story that is geared towards families. Blomkamp's next film is an original sci-fi comedy called Chappie, and if he keeps pumping out films as good as District 9, then I don't care if he ever takes on any established intellectual property. What do you think?