District 9 star says a sequel was close, but still believes it could happen

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Actor Sharlto Copley, who starred in Neil Blomkamp’s 2009 hit District 9, shares his thoughts and hopes for a potential sequel.

District 9 Star Sharlto Copely says a sequel almost happened, and he still hopes it will.

Talk to ComicBook.com to promote his new film The beast, the actor, whose career took off after appearing in Neil Blomkamp’s 2009 sleeper hit, was asked if he and the director were still seriously talking about making the long-awaited sequel. Copely gave fans hope with her response. “We do,” Copley said. “I mean, we’ve come so close to doing it. So hopefully after his next movie, maybe we’ll do it then.”

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Since the release of the original film, Blomkamp had expressed his desire to expand the story once he completed his commitments to other film projects. Blomkamp announced the sequel titled District 10 in 2021, with a screenplay written by himself alongside Copely and Blomkamp’s wife, Terri Tatchell. The director later explained how District 10The premise of took a long time to come to fruition because of real-world politics.

“It took a decade to figure it out, to find a reason why to make this movie rather than just make a sequel,” Blomkamp said, “There was a subject in American history that the second I realized that it fit into the world of District 9, it was a great way to make a sequel. So yeah, it’s still being developed and it’s getting a lot closer.”

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District 9’s low-budget film received high praise

District 9 was based on Blomkamp’s 2006 short, Living in Johannesburg. In another 1982 South Africa, giant insect-like aliens called “shrimps” arrive in the city of Johannesburg. The government hires weapons manufacturer Multinational United (MNU) to confine the shrimp to an internment camp called District 9. Copely’s MNU bureaucrat figure Wikus van de Merwe is infected with the shrimp’s blood and transforms slowly into one of them.

Produced with a budget of $30 million, District 9 was a massive hit with audiences, grossing over $210 million worldwide. Critics praised the sci-fi thriller’s social commentary and Weta Workshop’s groundbreaking visual effects. The film went on to earn four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Blomkamp and Tatchell’s screenplay.

Blomkamp was in high demand throughout the 2010s. He reunited with Copely in sci-fi thrillers Elysium and Chappie. Blomkamp’s most recent film, Demonicwas his first attempt at the horror genre and was filmed in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Additionally, he directed Sigourney Weaver in his 2017 short Raka.

Source: ComicBook.com

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