With his previously planned fifth installment of the Alien franchise now dead, director Neill Blomkamp is officially returning to the world of his biggest hit — District 9.
In an interview with The Verge to discuss his new studio, Oats Studios, which will serve as an outlet for some of his ideas, Blomkamp revealed plans to return to the world of District 9. Asked whether or not the director plans to use his studio to release a few shorts teasing potential projects that would tie-into District 9, Elysium, or Chappie, Blomkamp revealed that that’d probably be a no because of the studios that own the films. However, he did tease a project set in the same world of the critically acclaimed District 9.
With District 9, I plan on making another film in that world. To go back and work with WETA, and make the film would be cool, but anything that pre-exists like that may not be the best fit for whatever we’re trying here.
Made on a budget of $30 million, District 9 proved to be a success back in 2009, raking in over $200 million worldwide at the box office. The film, which secured a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, was written by Terri Tatchell and Blomkamp, and starred Sharlto Copley and told the story of an extraterrestrial race that is forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth where they are exploited in squalor only to find a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.
With it currently unknown how far Blomkamp is on any potential sequel to District 9 it’s unknown when a sequel could be expected to hit theaters.