Both critically and commercially, “District 9” is one of the biggest hits of 2009. Co-writer and director Neill Blomkamp made one of the best sci-fi films of the last decade and so naturally everyone is clamoring for a sequel. But Blomkamp is proving that D-9 wasn’t just a stepping stone to something easier and more commercial because he’s doing another, original sci-fi movie. With the news today that MRC will produce, Blomkamp hopes his new film will be commercial but says that “it is very much a singular film, (one) that comes directly from me.” Speaking with Steve this past August, Blomkamp mentioned he had a sci-fi film he wanted to make before he went on to do “District 10” (unofficial title) and I guess this is it.
Details about his new film are scare, but Variety reports that it will have a modest budget compared to other sci-fi films and that, according to Blomkamp, MRC is letting him make the film he wants to make. That would be a wise decision because the creativity he displayed in “District 9” with a budget of less than $30 million should be a sign that this man knows what he’s doing. While I would love to see Blomkamp return to the world of “District 9”, I think he’s doing something even better by showing that his highest priority remains originality. With such bold direction in both his artistic ability and career choices, I can’t help but wonder of some alternate universe where he directed the “Halo” movie that could never make the fanboys happy.