Great news for 'District 9' fans

Mark Star

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Neill Blomkamp has something interesting and wonderful to share with audiences.

“District 10” is a long-planned sequel to “District 9.” There was no information on when would the development start and when would the film be released. The wait is over now; Neill Blomkamp has confirmed that “District 10” is being worked on. He shared the good news on Twitter a few days ago. According to Neill, the script is currently being written. He has joined hands with actor Sharlto Copley and screenwriter Terri Tatchell to finish the script as soon as possible.

What Neill Blomkamp has to say about ‘District 10?’

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Neill Blomkamp, Sharlto Copley, and Terri Tatchell look excited about the new project. They are working really hard to bring the sequel to theaters by the end of this year. However, a release date has yet to be confirmed.

Ok, so with ‘District 10’ the basic answer is yes. I want to go back to that world and tell the rest of the story with Wikus and Christopher. The issue right now is that I have many other projects and ideas that I also want to work on and complete…and most importantly, the exact right REASON to make District 10 needs to be very clear. The first film was based so explicitly on real themes and topics from South Africa that affected [sic] me greatly growing up there, that we need to make sure the next film does not forget that.

Neill Blomkamp confirmed.

A little about ‘District 9’

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“District 9” was the feature adaptation of Neill Blomkamp's short movie “Alive in Joburg,” which was released in 2006. “District 9” was set in a unique version of Johannesburg, South Africa where the government confined an alien population to an internment camp known as District 9. The alien named Christopher Johnson tried to escape the camp and left behind Earth with his son while crossing certain paths with the bureaucrat (Copley). Copley could be seen as in charge of the alien population. He was responsible for bringing them from District 9 to a whole new internment location.

This science fiction film was released in 2009. Neill Blomkamp directed the project, while Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham were its producers. It was a project of the United States, South Africa, and New Zealand. The leading roles were played by Jason Cope, David James, and Sharlto Copley.

Will ‘District 10’ be marketed in the same way as ‘District 9?’

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Well, the filmmaker has not given any word on it. However, fans have very high expectations because a viral marketing campaign was initiated for “District 9” in 2008 at San Diego Comic-Con. It attracted thousands of people toward the project in no time. The theatrical trailer was released in July 2009, and the film itself came out on August 14, 2009. TriStar Pictures invested heavily in this project.

It gained quick success. Alone in North America, the movie earned more than $210 million at the box office. Critics also admired its story and the performances of stars. They were impressed by the direction and overall theme of the movie. It received various awards and nominations, such as four nominations for Academy Award: Best Picture, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Why was ‘District 10’ not planned earlier?

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For quite a long time, Neill Blomkamp was sharing his plans to create a sequel to “District 9.” He could not work on it immediately because he was working on some other projects, especially “Chappie” and “Elysium.” Besides, he remained attached to an “Alien” film that could not reach the stage of development due to undisclosed reasons.

In 2017, while speaking to fans during a Reddit AMA, Neill Blomkamp made it clear that he was committed to making another District movie. However, he could not find the time and was waiting for the right people to start working with.

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