2009’s District 9 was a well-received sci-fi movie that ended on a cliffhanger, with fans of the film hoping for a sequel but never getting one in the decade-plus that followed. Director Neill Blomkamp has now reiterated that work continues on District 10, and he provided an update on the script and its theme.
Speaking to IGN, Blomkamp said it took some time to craft a story that was more than a simple sequel. “That script continues to be written. It’s looking good. It took a decade to figure out, to come up with a reason why to make that film as opposed to just make a sequel,” he said.
Regarding the plot of District 10, Blomkamp did not share any specifics, but he teased it will dig into a certain “topic in American history.”
“There was a topic in American history that the second I realized that that fit into the world of District 9, it felt like an awesome way to do a sequel,” he said. “So yeah, it continues to be developed and it’s getting a lot closer.”
Blomkamp made District 9 with The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson as its producer after the Halo movie with Blomkamp and Jackson fell apart. Blomkamp followed up District 9 with Elysium starring Matt Damon in 2013 and the AI robot movie Chappie in 2015. His next movie, Demonic, is slated to arrive in theaters this August.
In other news, Blomkamp is now working with developer Gunzilla on a multiplayer shooter game.
“Games will become what films were in the 20th century,” Blomkamp said. “They’ll just be the thing that is the dominant form of cultural entertainment and [I want] to be in that. Mixing my history in visual effects and interest in 3D graphics means I want to have a home base in the creation of games for a really long time. So if the game is a success and everything works out, hopefully, I’m staying at Gunzilla for a long time.”