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District 9 enjoys almost cult status today, and ever since it became a hit in 2009, film director Neill Blomkamp has talked about the possibilities of a sequel. For all of you who kept hopew, it paid off, because District 10 seems to be coming.
The news was announced yesterday by Blomkamp himself via his Twitter profile. Admittedly, there is not much information about the status of the project, but the script is being worked on, more precisely, Terri Tatchell and the star of the original film Sharlto Copley are working on it with Blomkamp.
Exactly how fast the script is being made is not known yet. Blomkamp had previously worked on the sci-fi thriller Inferno before the pandemic put an end to it all, so the director switched to shooting the short horror film Demonic, which will premiere in March as part of the 71st Berlinale. It is assumed that Inferno will still have priority over the film District 10.
Blomkamp said back in 2017 that the reason he did not rush the sequel is that he wants to be sure that it will get the same thematic resonance as the original. “I want to go back to that world and tell the rest of the story with Wikus and Christopher. The problem is that I currently have many other projects and ideas that I also want to work on and complete… and most importantly, the main REASON to make District 10 needs to be very clear. The first film was so explicitly based on real themes and themes from South Africa that strongly influenced me while I was growing up there, so we have to be sure that the next film will not forget that.”