AVENGERS 2 and DISTRICT 9 Sequel Updates from Directors Joss Whedon and Neill Blomkamp

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With Joss Whedon’s Firefly reunion panel being one of the most well-received Comic-Con events in recent memory, some of the director’s other works may have been overshadowed for a moment.  It takes quite a bit to drown out The Avengers, so a perfect question for Whedon would be to ask about the status of The Avengers 2 and whether or not he’ll be back for the sequel.  More on that after the jump.

Another visionary director in the person of Neill Blomkamp (District 9) was on hand at Comic-Con today to showcase his current project, Elysium.  While we’ll have more on the Matt Damon-starrer in a bit, Blomkamp did comment on his upcoming projects, including a sequel to District 9.  Hit the jump to read more about what’s next from Whedon and Blomkamp and be sure to stay up to date with our continuing Comic-Con coverage here.

the-avengers-2-sequel joss-whedonFirst up, let’s talk The Avengers 2 and the status of Whedon.  Deadline reports that he fielded this very question during a press conference for the Firefly panel, saying:

“I have not come to a decision on directing Avengers 2 yet.  I am having too much fun with this (Firefly reunion) now.”

So, it’s non-committal, but it’s also not an outright rejection.  I say let the man have his 10th anniversary of Firefly; The Avengers 2 will wait.

Now, for a story with slightly more meat to it, The Playlist reported on Blomkamp’s next picture.  While a sequel to District 9 is in the mix, it won’t be the next picture.  The film that takes that honor will probably be the sci-fi comedy Chappie.  Here’s what Blomkamp had to say:

“I wrote ‘Elysium’ on my own, but I wrote ‘Chappie’ with Terri [Tatchell], that was written at the same time. It’s like a fundamentally more simple story, a comedy, a heartfelt story, in a science fiction setting. And it’s fucking hilarious, it’s a really cool film. I can say that with confidence … It’s a smaller film, a more esoteric one.  It may very well be my next project.  It probably will be. But A) I wanna take some time off, and B) you need to know for sure that that’s what you’re going to do for X number of years. I have another idea for a horror, and for a comedy, but they’re way less fleshed out than ‘Chappie.’ ‘Chappie”s ready to go, and I think ‘Chappie”s what I’m making. But I’m gonna take some time to make sure.”

Neill-Blomkamp-district-9-sequelBlomkamp also commented on working with Peter Jackson again as well as tidbits about a District 9 sequel, saying:

“The obvious place to work with him again,” Blomkamp said, “is on ‘District 10,’ or ‘District 8,‘ whatever you wanna call it, however, I’m not sure I’m making that film. It would be cool, but these films take two or three years to make, and the investments are so extreme, you can’t accurately predict where you’ll be a few years from now, I believe. If you’re not creatively invested in it, you’re making a mistake, and that creative investment happens day to day. So I don’t know when that feeling for a ‘District Whatever’ film happens.”

Let’s enjoy Elysium when it debuts next March and then we’ll worry about future projects.

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  • Jesus

    No news is not news. That is not a sequel update for The Avengers.

  • Braden

    Is everyone just blissfully ignorant of the obviousness the Whedon will not be directing Avengers 2. It’s been over 2 months since the film came out and still no word. Why? Because Marvel Studios is notorious for screwing over creative talent. Ever notice that no director except Faverau (and they tried to screw him out of a raise for Iron Man 2) has returned for a sequel? They go for cheap. It’s how Whedon got the job for Avengers. He was cheap at the time. After $1.5 billion he is no longer cheap. Not to mention I don’t read much about directors and writers having loved working for Marvel or Kevin Feige.

    • Jamesy

      Chris Nolan, returned for two sequels…James Cameron, returning for all Avatar sequels.

      • Chad

        What do Nolan and Cameron have to do with marvel? Nothing. Great non-insight.

      • Joe

        and James Cameron…. he wrote, produced, and directed Avatar.. OK, he owns avatar. Him not coming back to direct sequel would be IMPOSSIBLE……..

  • Andrew

    You would’ve thought Marvel would be doing their best to snap up Joss for their Avengers sequel(with the amount of dosh he’s made for them)in the hope that he can bring in the bucks again!
    If Joss isn’t back on board,i can see it going the way of X-Men The Last Stand.

  • Moses

    Jamesy, you have clearly not read up on your “film knowledge”.
    Do you know the difference between Nolan (WB), James Cameron (I want to say Fox, but not really, no one tells this man what to do) and a Marvel production?

  • Simon

    Not finishing the story that attracted his audiences go him is a poor decision creatively. I understand maybe he doesn’t have the clout to get a larger budget or if he just doesn’t have the story thought out yet, but….well, it was more enjoyable and original that avatar and it would be a shame to not finish such a strong story.

    • Amra

      Simon. .
      To say “Not finishing the story that attracted his audiences go him is a poor decision creatively” is missing the point w/Joss. Some people went to the Avengers because it was Joss, not the other way around. The man has plenty to keep folks interested w/his work.

      Also, the story is technically finished. Other stories can logically follow, but the initial gathering of the team is done. Joss indicated he was interested i n the movie when he realized this was a group of people who had no business being in a room w/each other, but the situation at hand forced their hands and forged them into a team. That meant a personality pressure cooker, which meant inter-character conflict, which he could relate to and write very, very well for. Now that the team has worked together, some of the edge would be a bit dulled, so there might be fewer hooks for interesting personal conflicts to arise, so Joss might not find it as fun to write for.

      Add to that, that he had to rewrite the script on the fly (does Zak Penn EVER not get rewritten? In a movie that works, at least?), and he might just not feel much incentive..

      • nope

        how about you stfu .. he totally fucked us over and you know it.. stop trying to hide it cause you know you want a district 9 sequel to, fucking idiot.

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  • Edwin

    The chances are if Joss doesn’t return, it’ll be more because he is taxed from the overwhelming work it took to write and direct the Avengers. In fact, he has been heavily involved in some of the pre-Avengers films uncredited in advisor capacity. I don’t think some of you have a clue how taxing that is….early on, most critics and analysts betted that the movie would tank because of such an insane degree of difficulty it would take to get it right. In fact, besides the fact that Joss has admitted several times that he is currently exhausted of it, every appearance and interview has shown him exhausted. Now becuase of demand, A2 has a three year window (or at least that’s my best educated guess), and he has to do it again?!? To him it must seem like it’s crunch time already. The guy needs a little time to recover IHMO. And for you guys who say Marvel is cheap, ensemble casts usually don’t get paid well. However, Robert Downy Jr. is thought to be netting over 45 million dollars after royalties on the franchise; ScarJo has been offered a $20 million contract for her next Avengers appearance, making her the highest paid actress for a movie in history (over Angelina Jolie), and most of the rest of the cast is getting AT LEAST a 50% hike in pay for their next Avengers appearance. Yeah, Marvel is cheap indeed. Just hold on to your hats doubters…. Joss will be back. The man has more juice for this kind of stuff than even he knows.

  • Jersey Chris

    Look, WE need Neill to make the ending to District 9. The originality of his idea for a great story is astounding. Perfect in nature. Yet flawed as a human being. Example, we do what we love as said character. A wonderful job, a beautiful wife, a perfect future….. but s@#% happens along the way. All of the sudden, we have to persevere, and do what we feel is right. Given our own circumstances, we adapt to the adversity and conquer whichever obstacle is in our path. In this case fictional, but not far from reality. Our “ANIMAL” instinct will inevitably take over hence HIS obligation to right what HE feels is wrong. Hmmmmmmm….. this is the mystery of writers. They have too much on their minds and such a short amount of time to figure it all out.

  • Jersey Chris

    Look, WE need Neill to make the ending to District 9. The originality of his idea for a great story is astounding. Perfect in nature. Yet flawed as a human being. Example, we do what we love as said character. A wonderful job, a beautiful wife, a perfect future….. but s@#% happens along the way. All of the sudden, we have to persevere, and do what we feel is right. Given our own circumstances, we adapt to the adversity and conquer whichever obstacle is in our path. In this case fictional, but not far from reality. Our \"ANIMAL\" instinct will inevitably take over hence HIS obligation to right what HE feels is wrong. Hmmmmmmm….. this is the mystery of writers. They have too much on their minds and such a short amount of time to figure it all out.

  • Jersey Chris

    Look, WE need Neill to make the ending to District 9. The originality of his idea for a great story is astounding. Perfect in nature. Yet flawed as a human being. Example, we do what we love as said character. A wonderful job, a beautiful wife, a perfect future….. but s@#% happens along the way. All of the sudden, we have to persevere, and do what we feel is right. Given our own circumstances, we adapt to the adversity and conquer whichever obstacle is in our path. In this case fictional, but not far from reality. Our \\"ANIMAL\\" instinct will inevitably take over hence HIS obligation to right what HE feels is wrong. Hmmmmmmm….. this is the mystery of writers. They have too much on their minds and such a short amount of time to figure it all out.

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  • Dudeoooooo

    Who crea about avengers let’s see district 10!!!

  • William

    One word. Toonami. How many years was it before they brought it back? Give them time. They will make sequels.

  • BVD

    I don’t give a rip about Avengers 2. I want to know about a District 9 sequel in more concrete terms.

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