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.
After a screening of some footage from his upcoming sci-fi feature Elysium, writer/director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) talked about other projects he has varying levels of involvement in. He touched on his learning experience with the defunct Halo picture, possible sequels to his breakout film District 9 and his stance on directing original material, sequels to his own films and adapting popular properties. Blomkamp also teased a bit about iconic cinematic characters that he would love to get his hands on but is a bit too apprehensive about taking them on completely.
Hit the jump to see what he had to say and be sure to check back later for more on this special event for Elysium, due out August 9th.
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.
Approach this news with highly-cautious optimism, but it’s possible that Neill Blomkamp’s (tentatively titled) District 10 could begin shooting this year. MarketSaw reports that the film is in pre-production and will go before cameras sometime around October. However, this past October we reported that Blomkamp was making another sci-fi film but it wasn’t District 10. And as we reported then, that news coincided with an interview Steve did with Blomkamp in August during the press tour for District 9.
Then there’s Steve’s recent interview with Richard Taylor, the creative director of Weta Workshop (who handled all of the special effects for District 9). When Steve asked Taylor about working on Blomkamp’s next sci-fi movie, Taylor responded, I’m not sure I can say that yet, but by being elusive… We’re just thrilled by the possibility of making films with him in the future.” So while it’s possible that Blomkamp could be moving ahead with District 10, It’s also possible that there was some confusion from MarketSaw’s source and it’s Blomkamp’s untitled sci-fi project that’s scheduled to shoot in October. Either way, it’s very exciting news.