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Neill Blomkamp explains why he is not interested in directing Star Trek 3

07.03.2013

Neill Blomkamp just a few weeks ago gave the no-go for his potential involvement as director for an upcoming STAR WARS movie. With J.J. Abrams heavily involved with STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, there is an opening for someone to helm the sequel to STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. Blomkamp's obvious political and societal undertones in his films would be a welcome addition to the newly rebooted world of STAR TREK. Alas, Blomkamp is not interested in STAR TREK directing, but he has a reason why:

"Dude, I used to be a 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' fan. Like, big time... But no, I probably wouldn't do that. I don't know if me getting involved with a franchise is the best thing for me. When studios smell franchises, they smell money. And they'll try to do what they can to the franchise to make it make the most money it can make, and a lot of those interesting ideas kind of fall by the side of the road. So... Do I like 'Star Trek' on its own without the politics of making it? Yes, absolutely. But do I think that you could make it in the way that I would want to make it? Probably not, which makes me not want to make it."

I can understand his hesitancy for becoming too ingrained in a major franchise which may explain why he never got that HALO movie off the ground. Does this mean we will never see him partake in a major studio series of films? Probably.

But, as long as he is willing to create original films, I cannot argue with him not wanting to make sequels or series. Even DISTRICT 10 seems a stretch at this point. Hopefully ELYSIUM is just another film in a long trend of original ideas from the South African filmmaker.

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8:13PM on 07/05/2013

Are you joking???

I've got news for Alex.....the LAST thing Star Trek needs is a painfully ham-handed Liberal director trying to wedge his two-dimensional politics into a movie that's supposed to be a fun movie about space exploration.

District 9 was cool, albeit silly if you take his politics seriously. Elysium looks just terrible. If you can't be any stealthier trying to slip your opinions into your movies, then you are going to crash and burn hard (and I don't want that anywhere near Star Trek).
I've got news for Alex.....the LAST thing Star Trek needs is a painfully ham-handed Liberal director trying to wedge his two-dimensional politics into a movie that's supposed to be a fun movie about space exploration.

District 9 was cool, albeit silly if you take his politics seriously. Elysium looks just terrible. If you can't be any stealthier trying to slip your opinions into your movies, then you are going to crash and burn hard (and I don't want that anywhere near Star Trek). Nobody is a bigger Liberal goof than Joss Whedon, but he manages to make his movies without letting his opinions stomp all over the enjoyment of the film for everyone. Blomkamp has shown potential, but NOTHING that makes me think he's got the chops to handle something as big as a series like Trek (where one bad movie could end the sequel train).
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7:24PM on 07/05/2013
The franchise potential he seems to fear may be the exact reason why District 10 has not happened. It would then become a series instead of the stand alone work it is right now. Who knows, really. Just speculating. But damn do I want that sequel to happen.
The franchise potential he seems to fear may be the exact reason why District 10 has not happened. It would then become a series instead of the stand alone work it is right now. Who knows, really. Just speculating. But damn do I want that sequel to happen.
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5:20PM on 07/04/2013
I would welcome his vision for the next Star Trek film. 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' while not an entirely original film had a few plot holes but was still enjoyable and was pretty dark. I can only imagine what Blomkamp would have put the crew through during their 5 year mission - with a well executed script as a blueprint.

With that said, I am looking forward to Elysium, since that looks to be a visually appealing film with an engaging story. (Because I am a fan of District 9 and looking
I would welcome his vision for the next Star Trek film. 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' while not an entirely original film had a few plot holes but was still enjoyable and was pretty dark. I can only imagine what Blomkamp would have put the crew through during their 5 year mission - with a well executed script as a blueprint.

With that said, I am looking forward to Elysium, since that looks to be a visually appealing film with an engaging story. (Because I am a fan of District 9 and looking forward to Elysium, I forgive him for being a big fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation....lol)
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2:55PM on 07/04/2013
It's so refreshing to see a sci-fi director come out and be honest. Neil Blomkamp comes off as someone who is really passionate with his work and makes the movies that he dreams of. JJ Abrams comes off as a guy who doesn't care about his properties and just wants the money.
It's so refreshing to see a sci-fi director come out and be honest. Neil Blomkamp comes off as someone who is really passionate with his work and makes the movies that he dreams of. JJ Abrams comes off as a guy who doesn't care about his properties and just wants the money.
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12:19PM on 07/04/2013
He's too edgy for Star Trek anyway, but guarantee if he was to make one it would be the best Star Trek movie of them all. More interested in a District 9 sequel.
He's too edgy for Star Trek anyway, but guarantee if he was to make one it would be the best Star Trek movie of them all. More interested in a District 9 sequel.
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10:31AM on 07/04/2013
I hope he sticks to original stories as Hollywood needs some more directors doing original work. I love Nolan's Bat Trilogy, but his non-franchise stuff like Memento, Prestige, and Inception are beyond amazing. District 9 was amazing, but I hope it stays at that. I want to know what happens after that movie, but I kinda like leaving it ambiguous.
I hope he sticks to original stories as Hollywood needs some more directors doing original work. I love Nolan's Bat Trilogy, but his non-franchise stuff like Memento, Prestige, and Inception are beyond amazing. District 9 was amazing, but I hope it stays at that. I want to know what happens after that movie, but I kinda like leaving it ambiguous.
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2:19AM on 07/04/2013
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Wow dude, did you even read his response? He isn't disparaging Star Trek. He's disparaging the way studio execs get in the way of big franchise films and ultimately make them worse. If anything he praised the idea of directing a Trek film, if only he was allowed to do it his way.
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Wow dude, did you even read his response? He isn't disparaging Star Trek. He's disparaging the way studio execs get in the way of big franchise films and ultimately make them worse. If anything he praised the idea of directing a Trek film, if only he was allowed to do it his way.
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9:37AM on 07/04/2013
okay yeah i can see that. i just can't stand the pompous directors who are too "visionary" for a franchise
okay yeah i can see that. i just can't stand the pompous directors who are too "visionary" for a franchise
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10:04PM on 07/03/2013

Douchelord

If he isn't satisfied with the way it is now, then he should be willing to step up to the plate and fix it, or at least identify what it is he would do differently if he's going to just sort of dismiss the whole franchise. In all reality, we need someone like him to step in and make the next ST a lot more interesting and a lot more original. If you ask me, he's disparaging Star Trek because Elysium is being marketed as the anti-Trek. Because it essentially is.
If he isn't satisfied with the way it is now, then he should be willing to step up to the plate and fix it, or at least identify what it is he would do differently if he's going to just sort of dismiss the whole franchise. In all reality, we need someone like him to step in and make the next ST a lot more interesting and a lot more original. If you ask me, he's disparaging Star Trek because Elysium is being marketed as the anti-Trek. Because it essentially is.
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3:49AM on 07/04/2013
So you need a Douchelord to fix Star Trek for you? What are you, 12? He doesn't want to get involved with Studio franchises, where the production and direction is ultimately controlled by risk-averse studio-heads. That's what's wrong with *all* franchises. Try actually reading the article before you unless your tantrum.
So you need a Douchelord to fix Star Trek for you? What are you, 12? He doesn't want to get involved with Studio franchises, where the production and direction is ultimately controlled by risk-averse studio-heads. That's what's wrong with *all* franchises. Try actually reading the article before you unless your tantrum.
4:38AM on 07/04/2013
Yeah, the only thing I walked away from this was that he didn't want to play in anyone else's sandbox and if he did, he doesn't want to play by their rules. He's becoming a director that studios come to, therefore he holds the upper hand, not the other way around. Nolan did Batman when Warners asked him to, then he got to do Inception and now Interstellar. Blomkamp's building respect out of his own work, not the other way around.
Yeah, the only thing I walked away from this was that he didn't want to play in anyone else's sandbox and if he did, he doesn't want to play by their rules. He's becoming a director that studios come to, therefore he holds the upper hand, not the other way around. Nolan did Batman when Warners asked him to, then he got to do Inception and now Interstellar. Blomkamp's building respect out of his own work, not the other way around.
9:23PM on 07/03/2013
More respect for Neil!
More respect for Neil!
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8:21PM on 07/03/2013
We need more directors like him. He's a one of a kind.
We need more directors like him. He's a one of a kind.
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6:49PM on 07/03/2013
I agree on all the points that Neil said. But I also think that with the words he was using, he didn't necessarily say that he thoroughly reject the idea of him directing a Star Trek movie. He basically just said that if he's gonna do it then he has to do it his way. Heck, J.J Abrams said almosts the same thing on a Star Wars movie but look at him now cohabitating with the Wookies, so to speak.
I agree on all the points that Neil said. But I also think that with the words he was using, he didn't necessarily say that he thoroughly reject the idea of him directing a Star Trek movie. He basically just said that if he's gonna do it then he has to do it his way. Heck, J.J Abrams said almosts the same thing on a Star Wars movie but look at him now cohabitating with the Wookies, so to speak.
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6:38PM on 07/03/2013

I would gladly trade

District 10 for a string of original science fiction films from Neill.
District 10 for a string of original science fiction films from Neill.
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5:41PM on 07/03/2013
"Blomkamp's obvious political and societal undertones in his films would be a welcome addition to the newly rebooted world of STAR TREK. "....not to everyone. I am tired of a director's political ideology ruining otherwise enjoyable movies. That's why he should stick to his original ideas and leave franchises alone. I'm sure if his politics differed from the author, his undertones may not be so welcome.
"Blomkamp's obvious political and societal undertones in his films would be a welcome addition to the newly rebooted world of STAR TREK. "....not to everyone. I am tired of a director's political ideology ruining otherwise enjoyable movies. That's why he should stick to his original ideas and leave franchises alone. I'm sure if his politics differed from the author, his undertones may not be so welcome.
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5:25PM on 07/03/2013
Can this be a new column? Neill Blomkamp explains why he isn't interested in directing Fast 7? Neill Blomkamp explains why he isn't interested in directing Lone Ranger 2?
Can this be a new column? Neill Blomkamp explains why he isn't interested in directing Fast 7? Neill Blomkamp explains why he isn't interested in directing Lone Ranger 2?
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7:50PM on 07/03/2013
I doubt anyone will be directing a Lone Ranger 2 if the film is as sub par as everyone says it is.
I doubt anyone will be directing a Lone Ranger 2 if the film is as sub par as everyone says it is.
10:10PM on 07/03/2013
please explain to me what your point is and why so many people are thumb upping you? i dont get it. are you comparing star trek to those franchises? and if so, you're obvs clueless
please explain to me what your point is and why so many people are thumb upping you? i dont get it. are you comparing star trek to those franchises? and if so, you're obvs clueless
11:47PM on 07/03/2013
Really? You guys didn't get it, I mean really?. @fury159's point is that of lately there are too many articles explaining why Neill Blomkamp is not directing a movie X or a movie Y, they better make regular column out of it. Suggested name? "Guess which movie Neill Blomkamp is not directing now?"
Really? You guys didn't get it, I mean really?. @fury159's point is that of lately there are too many articles explaining why Neill Blomkamp is not directing a movie X or a movie Y, they better make regular column out of it. Suggested name? "Guess which movie Neill Blomkamp is not directing now?"
11:49PM on 07/03/2013
@fur159 great comment! Perhaps next time you need to use tags like "Sarcasm begins here" and "Sarcasm ends here" so that everyone can get your point. :)
@fur159 great comment! Perhaps next time you need to use tags like "Sarcasm begins here" and "Sarcasm ends here" so that everyone can get your point. :)
4:31AM on 07/04/2013
Yeah, I thought the sarcasm was pretty obvious....though I really wanna know why Blomkamp isn't touching Despicable Me 3....
Yeah, I thought the sarcasm was pretty obvious....though I really wanna know why Blomkamp isn't touching Despicable Me 3....
1:27PM on 07/04/2013
Well @fury159, who knows, you'll hear about him not touching Despicalbe Me 3 soon in an article which has the above photo and him explaining why he didn't.
Well @fury159, who knows, you'll hear about him not touching Despicalbe Me 3 soon in an article which has the above photo and him explaining why he didn't.
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5:16PM on 07/03/2013

Hell Ya

Thumbs up to this guy. I agree 100%. I hope to be a director one day, but don't want to have to deal with the politics of it. its a game i may have to play if i ever get lucky enough to be part of the film making business. Its like how everyone is tailoring "American" movies to fit with Chinese standards. Hollywood is not what it used to be, its all about the money.
Thumbs up to this guy. I agree 100%. I hope to be a director one day, but don't want to have to deal with the politics of it. its a game i may have to play if i ever get lucky enough to be part of the film making business. Its like how everyone is tailoring "American" movies to fit with Chinese standards. Hollywood is not what it used to be, its all about the money.
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6:27PM on 07/03/2013
Hollywood has always been about the money. This concept isn't novel, dude.
Hollywood has always been about the money. This concept isn't novel, dude.
5:10PM on 07/03/2013

Keep making original films, Neill

No need to explain your position further. Just bring your great visions to the theatre and we'll be happy.
No need to explain your position further. Just bring your great visions to the theatre and we'll be happy.
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5:06PM on 07/03/2013
Completely reasonable explanation. I definitely respect his decision.
Completely reasonable explanation. I definitely respect his decision.
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