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'District 9' director Blomkamp talks future projects

01.07.2010

Now that filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has made a dazzling debut with DISTRICT 9, what does his future hold?

Don't expect him to go the traditional Hollywood route. As he explains in a refreshingly honest interview with the LA Times, "I don't like it at all. I like where we're going with technology and global integration but the fact that corporations and dollars rule everything in our lives, I don't like it. This isn't the Hollywood I wanted to be part of. This isn't the version of it that I saw when I was a kid... DISTRICT 9 and every other movie is treated like fast food. It's promoted relentlessly and then it's gone."

Would Blomkamp actually consider revisiting the alternate world he created in DISTRICT 9? "The concept of aliens in Johannesburg is such an appealing idea to me and the issues of race and how they meet. All of the things that I had going on with it. I wouldn't mind messing around with it again. I'm open to it if the story works and there's a reason to do it. And [Sharlto Copley's character] Wikus is so funny to me, I'm very interested in a sort of passive racist like that. If you go forward [with his story] it's more of a traditional film but if you go backward I'd be intrigued in that. I'm not so interested in aliens coming back and blowing things up but [a prequel] might be interesting."

So what about his next project? No real details on what it's about or who's in it, but Blomkamp offers a couple of bits: "The setting for the next film takes place 150 years from now. There are two cities that I'm choosing between. They would play as themselves. They are not in South Africa." Also, he has "one idea for the lead guy that I actually haven't told to anybody yet because it's been brewing in the back of my head. Everybody knows him but not really as a star. I think that would fine."

Blomkamp obviously loves sci-fi, but he's not limiting himself to the genre: "I like using science fiction to talk about subjects through the veneer of science fiction. The other reason is I’m like a total visual kid. I grew up as an artist. Science fiction allows for design and creatures and guns and all the stuff that I like as well. So I think most of the films I make, I’m sure, will be in that category. But I can also see myself making a film like BLACK HAWK DOWN, and I could also totally do horror. Science fiction and horror, that right there is my optimum. I can see myself doing out-there comedy like Monty Python, absolutely, I would love that. Seriously."

Extra Tidbit: Blomkamp's sci-fi BLACK HAWK DOWN obviously would have been the currently inanimate HALO movie, but now I'd rather see him just make his own original things.
Source: LA Times

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12:59AM on 01/09/2010

Good For Him

I think what he says about Hollywood and it's probably true but how long will we see his movies. America has a tendency to forget directors and their films if they're not within Hollywood.
Loved D9 though, would love to see more.
I think what he says about Hollywood and it's probably true but how long will we see his movies. America has a tendency to forget directors and their films if they're not within Hollywood.
Loved D9 though, would love to see more.
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7:52PM on 01/08/2010
I'm glad to hear he's thinking about his next film. D9 was such a great movie (WAY better than Avatar by leaps and bounds)
I'm glad to hear he's thinking about his next film. D9 was such a great movie (WAY better than Avatar by leaps and bounds)
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12:57AM on 01/09/2010
I'm glad there are more of use out there. Those not buying into the hype...
I'm glad there are more of use out there. Those not buying into the hype...
12:02PM on 01/09/2010
yeah, theres many of you 'use' tardos out there. Yeah, Avatar was a cheap lame movie compared to D9; D9 wasn't overhyped at all.....or was it? Hmm...
yeah, theres many of you 'use' tardos out there. Yeah, Avatar was a cheap lame movie compared to D9; D9 wasn't overhyped at all.....or was it? Hmm...
5:08PM on 01/08/2010
I have a feeling 10 years from now he's gonna be one of those people that everyone loses their shit over every time he comes out with a new movie. I'm lovin this guy already.
I have a feeling 10 years from now he's gonna be one of those people that everyone loses their shit over every time he comes out with a new movie. I'm lovin this guy already.
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1:34PM on 01/08/2010

Thank You

Within two minutes of leaving the theater, a friend of mine was already talking about the sequel. This sparked quite the debate between us, and I have been very outspoken about this subject.

The movie was perfect. Blomkamp took a project, and fully realized it. If the aliens come back, this will turn into just another action movie. There is no story left to explore in the future. The aliens are obviously grossly technologically superior, and arriving at full strength would be the
Within two minutes of leaving the theater, a friend of mine was already talking about the sequel. This sparked quite the debate between us, and I have been very outspoken about this subject.

The movie was perfect. Blomkamp took a project, and fully realized it. If the aliens come back, this will turn into just another action movie. There is no story left to explore in the future. The aliens are obviously grossly technologically superior, and arriving at full strength would be the equivalent of watching Mike Tyson in his prime fight Peter Dinklage.

If you want to argue that the story of the return of Wikus to his original human form makes a story, try to work out the story boards for the film. They fix him, he becomes human again. Credits.

Thank you for realizing this Neil!
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11:17AM on 01/08/2010

NICE

I rather see a sequel to D9 than prequel. I want to know what will happen next and if Aliens will return and fix Wikus like the alien promised him.

If he ends up doing to prequel then I have no choice, but wait for it as its Niel on the director's chair.
I rather see a sequel to D9 than prequel. I want to know what will happen next and if Aliens will return and fix Wikus like the alien promised him.

If he ends up doing to prequel then I have no choice, but wait for it as its Niel on the director's chair.
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8:18AM on 01/08/2010

The magic words

"Science fiction and horror, that right there is my optimum."

Is there a better combo if done right? Please make such a film mr Blomkamp!
"Science fiction and horror, that right there is my optimum."

Is there a better combo if done right? Please make such a film mr Blomkamp!
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2:29AM on 01/08/2010

I like this

He sounds like s kid with toys who does if for the love of movies and not for recognition or money.

Can't wait to see what his next project is like.
He sounds like s kid with toys who does if for the love of movies and not for recognition or money.

Can't wait to see what his next project is like.
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2:17AM on 01/08/2010

blah

Rats... double post.
Rats... double post.
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2:17AM on 01/08/2010

actionfan knows what's up

Although I'm sure the alien/human relations would be ever worse since the events of the first since it looked like Christopher was responsible for the death of a bunch of humans during the raid on MNU and the chaos that came afterwards. Blomkamp sounds like a righteous and honorable dude, but he is waaaay off base with not wanting to do a sequel.

While I could see not wanting to mess up a perfect movie, it really deserves and warrants a sequel. We should all start an online petition
Although I'm sure the alien/human relations would be ever worse since the events of the first since it looked like Christopher was responsible for the death of a bunch of humans during the raid on MNU and the chaos that came afterwards. Blomkamp sounds like a righteous and honorable dude, but he is waaaay off base with not wanting to do a sequel.

While I could see not wanting to mess up a perfect movie, it really deserves and warrants a sequel. We should all start an online petition directed at Blomkamp for him to do a sequel. Let him know that there is a huge audience that would want to see that.
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1:50AM on 01/08/2010

Blomkamp's the BEST!

Personaly I'd HATE to see a prequel to D9 because the mystery of why the aliens came is what gave that movie a unique edge.

D9 is perfect as it is but if theres going to be a sequel (which I think is inevitable - with or without Neil Blomkamp) I think it may take an allegory approach of the US invasion of Iraq like It,da said when Christopher Johnson returns. Like some aliens may want to leave, others may not and form a resistance or insurgency, humans have now learnt to get along with the
Personaly I'd HATE to see a prequel to D9 because the mystery of why the aliens came is what gave that movie a unique edge.

D9 is perfect as it is but if theres going to be a sequel (which I think is inevitable - with or without Neil Blomkamp) I think it may take an allegory approach of the US invasion of Iraq like It,da said when Christopher Johnson returns. Like some aliens may want to leave, others may not and form a resistance or insurgency, humans have now learnt to get along with the aliens but the "liberating" alien-army doesn't buy it, etc, etc.

However, I'd love to see what else he can do and I have a feeling he's got a lot of other good stories to tell.

I salute you sir!
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1:10AM on 01/08/2010
It's so refreshing to hear a director talk like this. Keep it up, Blomkamp. I highly respect you.
It's so refreshing to hear a director talk like this. Keep it up, Blomkamp. I highly respect you.
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1:03AM on 01/08/2010

A prequel sounds great, but...

... I REALLY would like to see Christopher come back and save his race and MAYBE restore Wickus to some kind of his human form. That would just be tops. And obviously there would be some alien/human fighting and bloodshed, but I bet Christopher would show mercy where humans wouldn't and Blomkamp would totally dig that kind of message.
... I REALLY would like to see Christopher come back and save his race and MAYBE restore Wickus to some kind of his human form. That would just be tops. And obviously there would be some alien/human fighting and bloodshed, but I bet Christopher would show mercy where humans wouldn't and Blomkamp would totally dig that kind of message.
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11:55PM on 01/07/2010
This guy is top shelf.
This guy is top shelf.
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