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District 9 creators never planned for sequel

02.16.2010

DISTRICT 9 co-writer Terri Tatchell has found herself nominated for an Oscar for her work with Neill Blomkamp on that film. She also finds herself working on a follow-up to a movie that she never intended to follow-up on. At the Oscar luncheon yesterday, Tatchell said that she likes the ending of DISTRICT 9 to wrap up the story and that she and Blomkamp "never in a million years planned for a sequel." But they probably also never planned to get a Best Picture nomination but that happened to and when that happens, especially for a genre film, the talk of sequels heat up. So where do they take the story?

Tatchell said yesterday that a good portion of the original film followed MNU's efforts inside the mothership but it had to be cut because of time and budgetary constraints. With Blomkamp recently saying he's much more interested in a prequel to DISTRICT 9, could they reuse some of their cut set pieces in their new film?

Details on what they're planning for DISTRICT 8 (or whatever they'd call it) are pretty much non-existent but the idea of exploring what happened when the aliens first landed in Johannesburg is the far more compelling story to tell at this point than the further adventures of man-prawn Wikus. What do you think? What would you like to see explored in the next DISTRICT 9 film?

Extra Tidbit: Don't expect a videogame based off DISTRICT 9 (even though that would be pretty cool).
Source: HitFix

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11:14AM on 02/17/2010
I've been a Neill Blomkamp since seeing his short films before he was chosen as the Halo guy. I would really like to see him try something different. Otherwise he'll be known as the District 9 guy and he's better than that. The film left us wanting more...that's the hardest thing to pull off.
I've been a Neill Blomkamp since seeing his short films before he was chosen as the Halo guy. I would really like to see him try something different. Otherwise he'll be known as the District 9 guy and he's better than that. The film left us wanting more...that's the hardest thing to pull off.
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8:22AM on 02/17/2010
I don't know if it needs a direct sequel/prequel - get the same team to work on a new original idea, sure, but District 9 was a pretty complete film as it was - what else do they need to explore with this story?
D9 was pretty much my favourite film of last year - not everything needs multiple films or turning into a franchise - every now and then you get lucky with a second film that improves on the first, but usually it's the law of diminishing returns.
I don't know if it needs a direct sequel/prequel - get the same team to work on a new original idea, sure, but District 9 was a pretty complete film as it was - what else do they need to explore with this story?
D9 was pretty much my favourite film of last year - not everything needs multiple films or turning into a franchise - every now and then you get lucky with a second film that improves on the first, but usually it's the law of diminishing returns.
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2:43AM on 02/17/2010
Definitely prequel. The few moments in the film of MNU finding the Prawns huddled together in the mothership, malnourished and desperate, were fantastic. Would love to see that explored more.
Definitely prequel. The few moments in the film of MNU finding the Prawns huddled together in the mothership, malnourished and desperate, were fantastic. Would love to see that explored more.
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9:39PM on 02/16/2010

Sequel not prequel

I feel like what really worked for the first film was documentary style of laying out the history of the aliens on earth. Even if they went further into that I would have to ask if it was such a big deal to make a prequel, why did it not make the documentary section of the first film? It would just be redundant. I think you need to do a sequel if you do anything, and tell the story of Christopher Johnson returning to rescue his species from District 10.
I feel like what really worked for the first film was documentary style of laying out the history of the aliens on earth. Even if they went further into that I would have to ask if it was such a big deal to make a prequel, why did it not make the documentary section of the first film? It would just be redundant. I think you need to do a sequel if you do anything, and tell the story of Christopher Johnson returning to rescue his species from District 10.
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7:09PM on 02/16/2010
I'm not interested in a sequel. Screw that. I'd rather see Wikis and his friend Prawn fight off the Prawn that return to earth wanting revenge.
I'm not interested in a sequel. Screw that. I'd rather see Wikis and his friend Prawn fight off the Prawn that return to earth wanting revenge.
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7:49PM on 02/16/2010
That would be a sequel
That would be a sequel
3:18PM on 02/16/2010

really?

how can they say this, the end of district 9 may as well have had to be continued thrown up on the screen.
how can they say this, the end of district 9 may as well have had to be continued thrown up on the screen.
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2:30PM on 02/16/2010

No Prequel

It would be nice to see some elements of a prequel and sequel in one. With Christopher Johnson returning after three years of being gone, and having "flashbacks" of what happened when they first arrived.
It would be nice to see some elements of a prequel and sequel in one. With Christopher Johnson returning after three years of being gone, and having "flashbacks" of what happened when they first arrived.
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2:00PM on 02/16/2010
No prequel we already know what happens. The story of Wikus was the most intriguing part of the movie and excluding him from any further D9 films would be a flat out mistake. I think Copley got robbed of an Oscar Nom. I would hate to see it as an invasion storyline but maybe an actual war storyline between the rescuers and the non sensible MNU who might by the next film learn how to be able to use the weapons. Wikus needs to be the focus though.
No prequel we already know what happens. The story of Wikus was the most intriguing part of the movie and excluding him from any further D9 films would be a flat out mistake. I think Copley got robbed of an Oscar Nom. I would hate to see it as an invasion storyline but maybe an actual war storyline between the rescuers and the non sensible MNU who might by the next film learn how to be able to use the weapons. Wikus needs to be the focus though.
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2:13PM on 02/16/2010
I went on here to post a comment but the first thing I saw was your profile picture and I couldn't stop laughing. This has made my day.
I went on here to post a comment but the first thing I saw was your profile picture and I couldn't stop laughing. This has made my day.
3:39PM on 02/16/2010
I had the same reaction when I saw it too. If you want to see a funnier picture find the one when Val is in a wet suit.
I had the same reaction when I saw it too. If you want to see a funnier picture find the one when Val is in a wet suit.
1:42PM on 02/16/2010

Trilogy!

I agree there was no way this was not intended to have a sequel...but now that is has exploded they are going for the Trifecta! They are talking prequel because they want to make it a trilogy then finish out with a third that ends the story. Sneaky.
I agree there was no way this was not intended to have a sequel...but now that is has exploded they are going for the Trifecta! They are talking prequel because they want to make it a trilogy then finish out with a third that ends the story. Sneaky.
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12:54PM on 02/16/2010

No Sequel Plans... I call B.S.

There is NO WAY that the writers of this movie never planned for a sequel. They set it up PERFECTLY in numerous ways.

1) At the end of the movie they say that 2.5 million prawns were moved to "District 10". That in itself provides a sequel TITLE.

2) The Prawn scientist says he will come back in 3 years. That leaves the cliff hanger....how will he be albe to help the man-prawn Wikus in 3 years if he is completely a prawn?

And how convenient...it usually takes 3 years to make a
There is NO WAY that the writers of this movie never planned for a sequel. They set it up PERFECTLY in numerous ways.

1) At the end of the movie they say that 2.5 million prawns were moved to "District 10". That in itself provides a sequel TITLE.

2) The Prawn scientist says he will come back in 3 years. That leaves the cliff hanger....how will he be albe to help the man-prawn Wikus in 3 years if he is completely a prawn?

And how convenient...it usually takes 3 years to make a movie....and the prawn scientists will be back in ....3 years. How about that.


3) The relationship between man-prawn Wikus and his wife is still there with him still making flowers out of trash. You know he exists, and you know she knows he exists...and her father is still a big man at MNU. Do you really think he will not have motivation to find this man-prawn hybrid?

4) The reporters pose two of the questions in their final report in the movie. Will the mother ship come back to rescue the rest of the prawns, or will it come back with an invasion force.
That gives the writers the chance to tell whatever story they want.

5) The Prawn scientist's son.... think Caesar from "Planet of the Apes". Here is a kid that sees his father and fellow prawns mistreated. Does he grow up in the 3 years to want to exact revenge on MNU against his father's wishes?
and you never planned for a sequel!?!?! B.S.
I'm not a writer and I have already come up with numerous sequel ideas.

Nice try.
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1:04PM on 02/16/2010
Dude... I think the exact same way you do... but, how about writing "SPOILER ALERT" at the beginning? Just a suggestion
Dude... I think the exact same way you do... but, how about writing "SPOILER ALERT" at the beginning? Just a suggestion
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12:31PM on 02/16/2010
I find it kinda hard to believe that "never in a million years planned for a sequel". It didn't seem like the story was completely wrapped up by the end with making the point of saying they'll be back in three years to help Wilkus. Plus, the story completely lends itself to a sequel without feeling contrived or expressly to make bank (though I'm sure it will). Here's hoping....
I find it kinda hard to believe that "never in a million years planned for a sequel". It didn't seem like the story was completely wrapped up by the end with making the point of saying they'll be back in three years to help Wilkus. Plus, the story completely lends itself to a sequel without feeling contrived or expressly to make bank (though I'm sure it will). Here's hoping....
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12:21PM on 02/16/2010

Wow...

I can't believe no one wants to find out what happens during the THREE YEARS that Christopher is gone. The movie doesn't even have to revolve directly around Wikus - his whereabouts are supposed to become unknown, anyway. Tensions have to rise after the ship leaves, "what if they bring back a whole fleet?" humans will speculate. And what if the prawn have enemies, or prawn superiors? Every alien specie that produces high-tech weaponry must have soldiers stashed SOMEWHERE. Why weren't there any
I can't believe no one wants to find out what happens during the THREE YEARS that Christopher is gone. The movie doesn't even have to revolve directly around Wikus - his whereabouts are supposed to become unknown, anyway. Tensions have to rise after the ship leaves, "what if they bring back a whole fleet?" humans will speculate. And what if the prawn have enemies, or prawn superiors? Every alien specie that produces high-tech weaponry must have soldiers stashed SOMEWHERE. Why weren't there any on board the ship, were they escaping something? Something that catches up to the prawn on earth after Christopher leaves? Or intercepts Christopher making it so that Wikus will never be cured? There's a whole WORLD that can be explored within those three years. A prequel sounds like the most boring idea EVER for this film... because it will expand the three-year wait, instead of shortening it.
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12:19PM on 02/16/2010

I don't know..

I like the idea of another movie. If it's prequel, then yeah, i'd like to see more about the prawns and their society and how they ended up all sick and dying on the ship. As for a sequel, I thihk we know what's gonna happen there. The ship will return with a mob of pissed off aliens and the story will probably be something like "The aliens are back and ready to make war, the nice alien that was in the first film has to convince the leader alien that he promised to help Wikus change back into a
I like the idea of another movie. If it's prequel, then yeah, i'd like to see more about the prawns and their society and how they ended up all sick and dying on the ship. As for a sequel, I thihk we know what's gonna happen there. The ship will return with a mob of pissed off aliens and the story will probably be something like "The aliens are back and ready to make war, the nice alien that was in the first film has to convince the leader alien that he promised to help Wikus change back into a human and not to make war on the humans."
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11:44AM on 02/16/2010
i guess i could see a sequel. maybe christopher johnson returns and brings his buddies....its a rescue mission and in the process our planet gets roughed up. he rescues his ppl and fixes wilkus. bam
i guess i could see a sequel. maybe christopher johnson returns and brings his buddies....its a rescue mission and in the process our planet gets roughed up. he rescues his ppl and fixes wilkus. bam
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11:33AM on 02/16/2010
This is a rare case in which I'd actually welcome a sequel. I def. agree that a prequel is unnecessary. Get yer cat food ready!
This is a rare case in which I'd actually welcome a sequel. I def. agree that a prequel is unnecessary. Get yer cat food ready!
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11:28AM on 02/16/2010

Sequel

I'm going with a sequel on this one (I actually prefer neither, just leave it be).

A prequel doesn't make sense to me, a lot of the documentary parts of the movie dealt with the explanation of the craft. A prequel, while brining some new information, would also be somewhat redundant.
I'm going with a sequel on this one (I actually prefer neither, just leave it be).

A prequel doesn't make sense to me, a lot of the documentary parts of the movie dealt with the explanation of the craft. A prequel, while brining some new information, would also be somewhat redundant.
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11:25AM on 02/16/2010
I've never liked the idea of a prequel. I always figure we know, or at least have an idea of why things are the way they are. I prefer looking ahead then behind in that regard. Just feels like repeating ones self.
I've never liked the idea of a prequel. I always figure we know, or at least have an idea of why things are the way they are. I prefer looking ahead then behind in that regard. Just feels like repeating ones self.
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11:25AM on 02/16/2010
I'd like a sequel! Prequels tend to be to predictable, as you already know where it's going to end up! But either way, more prawns for me please! :D
I'd like a sequel! Prequels tend to be to predictable, as you already know where it's going to end up! But either way, more prawns for me please! :D
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