Writer/director Neill Blomkamp’s long-awaited return to the world of District 9 may not be the sequel we were anticipating.

To say we’re looking forward to District 10, Neill Blomkamp’s return to the world of humans and aliens co-existing in the uneasiest of fashions, is something of an understatement. Without giving anything away, District 9‘s ended on a wonderful cliffhanger, whilst the film itself is one of the more original and inventive science fiction films we’ve seen since the turn of the century. It proved not only a box office hit, but a Best Picture Oscar nominee too.

District 9 was staged in South Africa in a modern day setting, and following Blomkamp’s announcement that a follow-up was in the works, it seemed to follow that it’d follow that film’s narrative – especially as it ended leaving so many questions unanswered.

However, Blomkamp has been talking a little about his follow-up in the District series and it seems like the next film may share almost no narrative thread with its predecessor at all.

Blomkamp has said “that script continues to be written. It’s looking good. It took a decade to figure out, to come up with a reason why to make that film as opposed to just make a sequel”.

He also mentioned that the sequel will deal with American history, suggesting that we won’t be returning to South Africa, perhaps not even the modern day setting of the first film either.

With the first film being an inventive allegory for segregation, it’s possible that we could be a looking at an American story set during the era of the slave trade or perhaps the civil rights movement. If we don’t find out what happened to the characters at the end of District 9, at least Blomkamp left us with a near-perfect film and a wonderfully-crafted ending.

The script for District 10 is being written by Blomkamp, District 9 star Sharlto Copley and co-writer Terri Tatchell. We’ll bring you more news on this one as we hear it.


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