Neill Blomkamp's Alien will break new ground plus his idea for District 10
Neill Blomkamp's latest hits theaters this Friday (you can check out our review of CHAPPIE here) but in case you were more curious about what the director has in-store for his future, it looks to be filled with sequel-itis! His concept art for another ALIEN film has been the talk of the town ever since the images hit the net, and it looks like Sigourney Weaver is confident of the outcome.
Sigourney Weaver on Blomkamp's Alien film:
I can’t think of a better director. He’s a real fan. I think he’ll be true to the world and take it in unexpected directions. It’s got a lot of sinew in it. It will certainly stand up to the others and probably break a lot of new ground as well.
As exciting as that is, I know there's a lot of you out there wondering if Blomkamp will ever revisit DISTRICT 9. The film seemingly ended on a cliffhanger, but that's how it was always designed to be. Now that Blomkamp has given it some thought, he's certainly not opposed to revisiting that universe.
Neill Blomkamp talks about a sequel to DISTRICT 9:
I have an idea for District 10, which is really cool. The problem is I feel like CHAPPIE is the end of three films that have a similar stylistic approach to them. CHAPPIE is the odd one out in that is has no sociopolitical underpinnings. It doesn’t have my experiences as a kid in South Africa incorporated into it. And ELYSIUM – although it doesn’t have my experiences as a kid in South Africa, it has the same notion of oppressor in the elites, and the large population base beneath it. And CHAPPIE doesn’t, but they are still part of a trilogy. So moving forward I would love to realize this idea of District 10 – I have every intention to do it, I just need to find the right time to do it – to not go back to Johannesburg and shoot something similar, yet.
[DISTRICT 9] was a completely self-contained story about the Nazi becoming the Holocaust victim, basically. It was the oppressor becoming the oppressed. And when it’s based on a character like that, it ends on that character. The inadvertent world creation that came with it, which to me is my perfect kind of thing that I love – having a bunch of weird alien weapons in the back of a shack that you can discover – that’s just ripe for creative insanity, so it took a few years to process what that could be. And I think that the story that I have now is what I would want to see as a fan of the first film, I think. I know I would want to see it – I assume other people would. It’s good man!
I'm happy to see that Blomkamp acknowledges that each of his films takes place in the same universe, stylistically. With that said, I'm really excited to see him step out of his comfort zone and deliver something that feels otherworldly, like an Alien film. I wasn't one to clamor for a sequel to DISTRICT 9, but if he's excited about it and has a different vision for it, then I'm totally down. Perhaps we're getting ahead of ourselves, though.
Neill Blomkamp's latest, CHAPPIE, his theaters tomorrow!
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