Neill Blomkamp Still Plans on Making DISTRICT 10 and Confirms ALIEN 5 is Dead
Writer and director Neill Blomkamp recently announced a new series of experimental short film projects that will focus on sci-fi stories. You can watch the trailer for that here. The project is set up with Oats Studios and during an interview with The Verge regarding this new venture he's embarked on, he was asked if he is still planning his District 9 sequel District 10 and the answer is yes! He said:
“With District 9, I plan on making another film in that world. To go back and work with WETA, and make the film would be cool, but anything that pre-exists like that may not be the best fit for whatever we’re trying here.”
I loved District 9 and I've been wanting to see a sequel for it ever since I watch the first movie! It's great to hear that Blomkamp is still planning on making it! Hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. We've waited long enough. He's definitely got the time now that his Alien 5 project is dead. When asked about that in the interview, he went on to confirm that it's not gonna happen:
“I think it’s totally dead, yes. That would be an accurate assumption at this point. It’s sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it’s gone now, and the way that it all is — it’s just not going to live.”
He doesn't seem to have any ill will toward Ridley Scott, who pretty much seemed to crush the project. Blomkamp just expressed that he wanted to be respectful to the world that Scott created.
“Ridley [Scott] was one of my idols growing up. He’s so talented and he’s made this film that really set me off in a direction. I want to just be as respectful and not go stamping around in this world that he created. I think that if the circumstances were different, and I didn’t feel like I was getting too close to something that he obviously feels a massive personal connection to, that things that may have played out differently. But I did want to be as respectful as possible.”
It's a bloody shame that Alien 5 is dead. That's the Alien film I really wanted to see get made. But, what's done is done. At least we will still see District 10 one day!