Neill Blomkamp Says He’s Written an 18-Page Treatment for DISTRICT 10; Turned Down the Opportunity to Make a STAR WARS Film

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Despite the fact that he only has one feature film under his belt, Neill Blomkamp continues to be one of the more promising and refreshing filmmakers working today.  After the success of his Best Picture-nominated 2009 sci-fi film District 9, Blomkamp was likely inundated with offers to direct pretty much any studio tentpole of his choosing.  Instead, the director opted to stick with original filmmaking, and the result is the great-looking sci-fi/social commentary pic Elysium, which opens in theaters next month.

Nevertheless, fan interest in a sequel to District 9 remains, and during a recent interview Blomkamp revealed that he’s actually made some progress on the proposed District 10.  Moreover, he apparently turned down the opportunity to helm a new Star Wars film in order to once again focus on original projects.  Hit the jump for more.

district-10-neill-blomkampEmbedded in an excellent profile of Blomkamp by the folks at Wired are some fascinating nuggets that The Playlist has highlighted.  First and foremost, Blomkamp has made considerable progress on District 10.  Whether it ever sees the light of day, though, is uncertain:

He and [wife/partner Terri] Tatchell have written an 18-page treatment for District 10—about which he’ll say little more than that the story is “really fucking cool”—but he’s not prepared to commit to it. He’s sure he’ll come up with any number of other really fucking cool ideas he might want to pursue first.

Though District 10 may or may not come to fruition sooner or later, it certainly won’t be Blomkamp’s next film.  He’s currently gearing up to shoot his Elysium follow-up, the secretive Chappie, this fall with a cast that includes Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, and Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi Visser, and he teased a bit about the project in the Wired profile:

Chappie, Blomkamp says, is about sentience: “If something is as smart as you, do you treat it differently if it isn’t a human?” He’s cowriting Chappie with Tatchell, who describes the script as laugh-out-loud funny but also emotional. “It’s fairly touching,” Blomkamp confirms. “But, you know, fraught with gunfire.”

Finally, we know that Lucasfilm and Disney are not only planning the direct Star Wars sequel Episode VII, but also a series of spinoff films set in the same universe.  It appears that Blomkamp was approached to direct one of the new Star Wars films, but he politely declined:

He turned down the possibility of working on a new Star Wars movie after the subject was “gingerly” broached by Elysium producer and close friend Simon Kinberg, who’s deeply involved in the revitalized franchise.

Check out the full Wired profile for more from Blomkamp.  Elysium opens on August 9th.

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  • Raptor Jesus

    Elysium will tank. HARD. Hard like ‘The Lone Ranger’.

    People will not spend their money on a commercial for the Occupy movement.

    • Troll

      You seem like a very shallow, cynical person.

      • Raptor Jesus

        When you can’t win an argument, resort to personal attacks.

        Nice strategy you have there.

      • Troll

        Thanks, but I didn’t know there was an argument. You’re making speculations about a movie that you haven’t seen and which hasn’t even been released yet and making wild assumptions about the mass public. What’s YOUR basis for argument?

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        The trailer proved his point with the biggest liberal on earth starting in a movie where he literally go to occupy Elysium
        This is a movie that tells people that they will never better themselves no matter what they do and they need to go take down the rich and spread their wealth
        Nope thank you
        Not interested in this propaganda

      • Troll

        The trailer proves nothing. His point was that it will tank and people will not go see it. What would actually prove his point is how much box office money it makes comparative to it’s overall budget.

        If you’re so covered in conservative ejaculation that you can’t just go to a movie to enjoy it’s story and special effects, and feel the need to over-analyze something to find some made up liberal propaganda then go piss off.

        There are hundreds of books, movies, and TV shows that deal with the same political undertones which will be told in this movie. Sir, I hope you hold as much contempt for a story such as Robin Hood, as you do for Elysium.

      • Sweet Pea

        I actually agree with the general statement being made. Elysium lost me because it looks a little boring, up its own arse and way too full of lefty agenda… Im not aligned to either side politically or socially and my views are liberal on some things and conservative on others.. But the same way I wouldn’t appreciate right-wing propoganda being used, i dont like left-wing preachy commentary in my face either. I loved District 9 and its clever use of a sci-fi setting in an unusual location (SA) to make comment on apartheid.. But change the record!! Maybe it would be nice to see his skills used for a Star Wars film with no agenda, or maybe he could rename Chappie and make it the CP30 spin-off and kill two birds with one stone…

      • time23

        I’m sorry, but Science Fiction as a genre is largely based on providing social commentary through exaggerated scenarios that could only take place in fictitious worlds, but with some semblance of scientific plausibility. If you can’t appreciate such films for what they are, go watch Transformers.

      • Sweet Pea

        No need to apologise for sharing your opinion. I actually really enjoyed Transformers, the sequels are abysmal though unfortunately. Social commentary to varying degrees will feature in most works of fiction. Obvious political agendas and bias not so much though, that’s when they veer towards propaganda, which is where i agree with the TS on this film.

      • time23

        You miss my point entirely. While most works of fiction have some basic thematic elements that are relevant to current social issues, the foundation of Science Fiction as a genre is based on this idea. So you are essentially stating that you don’t have a taste for true science fiction in the first place.

        Which would explain why you really enjoyed Transformers.

        Also, the fact that you are the perceiving the issues this film presents and it’s resolution, despite not having seen the film, as liberal propaganda also speaks more to your own closed minded world view.

      • time23

        You miss my point entirely. While most works of fiction have some basic thematic elements that are relevant to current social issues, the foundation of Science Fiction as a genre is based on this idea. So you are essentially stating that you don’t have a taste for true science fiction in the first place.

        Which would explain why you really enjoyed Transformers.

        Also, the fact that you are the perceiving the issues this film presents and it’s resolution, despite not having seen the film, as liberal propaganda also speaks more to your own closed minded world view.

      • Dude

        What is this liberal agenda that everyone sees? All I see is some privileged people living it up while people on Earth suffer. The privileged people control the people on Earth. The people on Earth get tired of that shit, and decide to take the power back ala Rage Against The Machine style.

        The Matrix, 1984, Robin Hood, Batman, hell the basis for the history of the USA share the same themes. The weak and underprivileged stand up for themselves. How is Elysium’s story much different than these great works/historical times?

        Would you people who see left wing agenda, whatever the hell that means, rather see a movie where the greedy, well-to-do, corrupted bad guys triumph over the the weak, poor, suffering guys? That story would suck balls.

        Jeez, I mean you people realize that things you consider normal, common rights were considered liberal and radical 50-100+ years ago? Women’s rights, Racial equality (debatable), abolition of slavery, Age of Enlightenment, when you break it down, all share the same tone of Elysium.

        Those of you who refuse to see Elysium because of its supposed liberal agenda, do you think these movements should be repealed or something? If you’re a normal, rational thinking person, you would likely say no, that these are great things the happened that improved humanity.

        I just don’t get it. You’re trying to make this movie into something it is not. It tells a basic story that has been told or has actually happened probably millions of times throughout history.

      • Dude

        And when I say debatable with regard to racial equality, I mean that it debatable whether it truly exists, not whether or not it is a good idea.

      • Dude

        Furthermore, if this were to happen in actuality, and you were stuck suffering on Earth, while a few privileged lived in luxury and possessed devices that cured you of cancer and other illnesses, but kept those devices to themselves and didn’t give two shits about the suffering going on on Earth would you really be content with your lot in life and just sit their suffering and dying and be like, well this is how it is suppose to be, it wouldn’t be appropriate to ask those people living in luxury to share what has made their life so great?

        Yeah that seems like an awesome world to live in, please sign me up for one cardboard box on shitopian Earth.

        No, you would say fuck that noise, I’m going to liberate my people.

      • rhizomeman

        Well said Dude, although I wasn’t a fan of District 9 and Elysium looks kind of obvious. But yea, the right/left themes people see in these types of movies just shows you how brainwashed some people are – everything gets filtered through a binary opposition.

    • Ashtalon

      I think just the opposite. I think Eylsium will be quite the hit. It won’t set records, but audiences may be keen to see a tentpole, summer, action film that is actually about something. This summer has had some very lackluster films. Lone Ranger looked like a mess. Elysium looks very focused and polished.

    • slimpunk

      Yep, just like nobody went to see that pro-environmentalist film Avatar. That one totally tanked HARD.

    • pinkincide

      Yeah, I’m worried about the whole OWS angle, too. But I’m withholding judgement out of my love of District 9.

      Christopher Nolan’s stealth take down of OWS philosophy in TDKR was about the only good thing about that movie. All these a$$holes wanting to redistribute everything would abuse power just as badly. Some pigs are more equal than others.

  • Burning_Horizon

    I applaud him for sicking with original film-making instead of going for box-office glory with Star Wars. From what I’ve seen, Elysium has me pretty excited, and I really enjoyed District 9. I just hope that he doesn’t get too preachy with leftist political commentary.

  • Strong Enough

    i’ve always said I never wanted to work ON Star Wars. I want to create the next star wars. You direct those films you’ll just make lucas legacy even bigger instead of setting your own. he’s smart. he thinks like me :)

  • Scurvy

    I liked District 9 in parts but I wish he would learn to be a little more subtle with his social commentary. The trailer for this movie hits you over the head more than that stupid ‘In Time’ movie with Justin Timberlake and I suspect it will do just as well in the box office.

    • Bob

      Agreed. To people saying this film isnt geared toward hate the rich 1%crowd etc your in denial. The trailers look okay with great effects, action, and actors but the message seems so blunt like the way In Time was. And because In Time was so blunt with its message that is what ruined the film; becuase its concept was great.

      • Brenno

        I like that it highlights the growing inequality and soldification of the class system. It’s the pendulum baby, stagnation and upwards (and downwards) movement through the classes stalls, which saps the life out of innovation and social growth. The greedy get too greedy, and the social turmoil that follows from the discontent majority, drags it back to the opposite end of the arc to reset the pendulums motion. It really doesn’t matter how hard you bemoan leftist, rightist, or whatever spectrum of politics, the majority don’t really care about all that, they only care about their lot in life and whether it has reached a critical point of action. When the mob speaks, it speaks in blood

      • Brenno

        I like that it highlights the growing inequality and soldification of the class system. It’s the pendulum baby, stagnation and upwards (and downwards) movement through the classes stalls, which saps the life out of innovation and social growth. The greedy get too greedy, and the social turmoil that follows from the discontent majority, drags it back to the opposite end of the arc to reset the pendulums motion. It really doesn’t matter how hard you bemoan leftist, rightist, or whatever spectrum of politics, the majority don’t really care about all that, they only care about their lot in life and whether it has reached a critical point of action. When the mob speaks, it speaks in blood

  • JohnsJohnson

    Matt Sallusti on the facebook comments is right. Elysium is a freaking remake of District 9 (great movie), and more than the similar themes. Anyone that has read the script or watch the screenings knows the characters and plot points all have the same skeleton with new skin. Same poisoned guy looking to get to the big object in the sky to heal himself and a whole lot more. Krugar, the Sharlto Copley character, is the only substantial original addition. Worst self rip off in a very long time. Its way too weird.

    • Dude

      So despite these being different movies, do you dislike all sequel movies because those are all exactly the same?

  • rhizomeman

    District 9 had a lot of potential…but the Copley character just ruined it for me. He was very cartoonish and immediately took me out of the film, which was trying to achieve a very serious tone. I feel like I’m the only one who thought this. Oh well. Elysium looks too predictable.

    • time23

      I agree it’s a bit jarring. I like to think that his character was meant to be a satirical ideal of an average citizen, blind to the fact that they were merely a cog in the machine of great civic injustice.

      • rhizomeman

        Yea, I can see that angle on the character I guess. “Jarring” is the right word. I’m glad someone else noticed/experienced that.

      • rhizomeman

        Yea, I can see that angle on the character I guess. “Jarring” is the right word. I’m glad someone else noticed/experienced that.

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