District 9 was released way back in 2009. The science-fiction film featured CGI and special effects that were considered revolutionary for the time alongside Avatar. Many fans were hoping that production for a sequel would get underway immediately. Unfortunately, again much like Avatar, the wait for a sequel took much longer than expected. And, unlike the upcoming Avatar sequel, production still hasn’t moved ahead for District 10. But that may be changing very soon – as actor Sharlto Copley teased District 10 could begin production next year.
He revealed as much while appearing on the Post Credit Podcast. Furthermore, he discussed the process that he and director Neill Blomkamp have been going through to get the sequel ready for production.
He explained that they’re both making sure the story is right for District 10 and that Blomkamp “wants to have something to say.”
Here’s what he had to say in full about the project:
“Yeah, man, we’ve been working. I did a draft, I sent it back to him. He’s done a draft. It’s like just tiring to find the right sort of story. There were some things going on socio-politically that he [director Neill Blomkamp] felt maybe timing-wise he didn’t want to go immediately. So maybe in like a year, year-and-a-half [we’ll begin filming]. He wants to have something to say.”
Obviously, everyone hates waiting a long time for a sequel. Especially when the first film is not only a great movie – but one that ends on a cliffhanger. And, to put it lightly, District 9 definitely ended on a cliffhanger. But it’s also nice to know that everyone involved with the sequel is eager to make it with the right story instead of pumping out a sequel because they can. This should hopefully not only make it an organic extension of the original film – but one that lives up to its legacy for being a great science-fiction movie and social commentary.
As such, if production really does begin next year, fans can stay tuned to ScreenGeek for updates as we have them. The original film was directed by Neill Blomkamp from a screenplay he wrote with Terri Tatchell. It was produced by Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham. The cast for the film included Sharlto Copley, David James, and Jason Cope.