Exclusive: Director Neill Blomkamp Video Interview DISTRICT 9

     August 10, 2009

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“District 9″ is one of those films…the less you know the better. So let me say to everyone reading this, if you’d like to see a great sci-fi movie, something that’s new, original, and fresh, go see “District 9″ this weekend. Don’t ask people what it’s about. Don’t go reading the reviews. Just buy a ticket and see it. I promise you’ll love the movie and you’ll be so happy you didn’t know anything beforehand. That’s how I saw it and it was amazing.

Of course not everyone feels this way. Some people don’t care what they find out in advance and they actually want to learn as much as they can before they see a movie. So while I’d love to post this exclusive interview I did with director Neill Blomkamp after “District 9″ had opened, I realize the reason he did press was to get people into the theater this weekend. So after the jump is a great conversation with Neill and he explains why he got into making movies, the marketing of “District 9″, making the film, the style, what will be on the DVD/Blu-ray, would he go back to “Halo” if he was asked, Comic-Con, and a lot more. Take a look:

Finally, if you’d like to see a “District 9″ featurette and some clips from the film, click here.

And here’s the synopsis for “District 9″ if you haven’t read it yet:

Over twenty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them.

Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens’ welfare – they will receive tremendous profits if they can make the aliens’ awesome weaponry work. So far, they have failed; activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA.

The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when an MNU field operative, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable – he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: District 9.

Neill Blomkamp part 1

  • How did he get into filmmaking – talks about where he came from and what he did to get to be a director
  • Was it always the intention to keep the film more mysterious/marketing campaign
  • How difficult was writing the film and how long it took
  • We talk about the aliens being all CGI and I ask how did he do it
  • How did he pick the style of the film – how it goes from narrative to documentary to real footage

Neill Blomkamp part 2

  • What will be on the DVD/Blu-ray? Says some deleted scenes and how it was made
  • Is he a fan of extended cuts or director cuts?
  • Would he be down with a District 9 video game
  • How interested is he in staying in the District 9 universe versus moving onto another project
  • Talks about another sci-fi idea he has for his next project
  • Working with Peter Jackson
  • Would he go back to Halo or is he really done with it
  • Comic-Con – did he geek out while there
  • He geeks out about Sideshow Collectibles


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