Two heads are better than one.
Rumors have swirled around the possibility of a sequel to the 2009 horror-s/f hit District 9 for years now, and this week, the original film’s director and star gave perhaps the most optimistic report on the next film to date.
Speaking to BroBible, Sharlto Copley–who played Wikus van de Merwe in director Neill Blomkamp’s District 9–said work is progressing on the proposed sequel and a production window may not be too far off.
“We’ve been working,” the actor said. “I did a draft and I sent it to Neill. He’s done a draft. It’s just tiring finding the right story.”
Copley added that “there were some things going on socio-politically that Neill felt maybe timing-wise he didn’t want t go into immediately. So, maybe in a year or a year-and-a-half, we’ll begin filming. He wants to have something to say.”
Blomkamp has said it has taken this long “to figure out and come up with a reason why to make that film. But it’s getting a lot closer.”
District 9–helmed by Blomkamp from a screenplay he wrote with Terri Tatchell (and adapted from Blomkamp’s 2006 short film Alive in Joburg)–stars Copley, Jason Cope and David James. The film explores the violence that ensues “after an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth finds a kindred spirit in a government agent exposed to their biotechnology,” according to the synopsis.
The original film–which earned four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture–raked in more than $210 million worldwide on a $30-million budget.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on this sequel to District 9.