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"Only As Good As Your Last Film"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | January 7, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | January 7, 2010 |

The Los Angeles Times finished up running a three part interview with District 9 director Neill Blomkamp yesterday. It's quite an interesting read, revealing a film maker who thinks deeply about the the craft of films, the nuances of science fiction, and the nature of other mediums such as novels and video games.

The most salient bit of actual news in the interview is the fact that while he has not begun any work on a follow-up to District 9, he had little intent of doing a traditional sequel, noting that "If you go forward [with his story beyond District 9] it's more of a traditional film but if you go backward I'd be intrigued in that. I'm not so interested in aliens coming back and blowing things up but [a prequel] might be interesting."

As for his current projects, Blomkamp says only that it is another science fiction tale set about 150 years in the future, and that filming will be done on a similarly small budget as District 9. Blomkamp states that he has been offered many films "with seriously high budgets" but has turned them all down thus far (perhaps explaining the disappearance of his name from consideration for the upcoming Dune reboot). He goes on to say that "once the budgets get bigger, you can't do what you want as a director, unless you're Peter Jackson or James Cameron" concluding that "I just want to make films that have enough of a budget to pull off high-level imagery but also have a budget that is low enough that I can do what I want."

The interview also contains Blomkamp's thoughts on the failures of movies based on video games, on his work with Peter Jackson, on the reactions of Nigeria to District 9 and on where great science fiction stories come from, citing Haldeman's classic The Forever War as an example.

You can read the three parts in full here:
Part I
Part II
Part III

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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