In an interview with MTV News, District 9 star Sharlto Copley discussed the potential for a sequel to the successful Sci-Fi film. He mentioned that he had already discussed the idea with Neill Blomkamp who was also enthusiastic about the idea.
No script has been written yet, but the actor hoped that it would keep the South African setting that made the original so unique.
I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I loved District 9 and I think there could be more to the story. With the bigger budget that is almost guaranteed by the success of the original, we could see a full scale war between the Prawns and humanity. Blomkamp is a very visual director, so we could expect some insane images. Maybe show the brutality of war in this sci-fi context.
On the other hand, it’s very possibly that he can’t work with a big budget and it’ll just be giving him enough rope to hang himself. Or he’ll run into another classic sequel problem, the meddling of studio executives. He was generally left alone for the first one, but those piranhas can’t resist the idea of a cash cow District 9 franchise.
Also, aside from his commitments with other movies, there’s one big problem with Copley’s return for the sequel.
Now is the time to look away if you haven’t seen the film, but still plan on doing so. I’ll give you a second.
Ok, so we can agree that the film strongly implied that Wikus was fully transformed at the end. Every sign pointed in that direction but now this interview is calling it a “did-he-or-didn’t-he” moment. And Copley was playing coy with it too. Like maybe Wikus is just going to pop up at the same level of mutation he was at when we saw him last.
You nerds are all pretty big fans. What’s your thoughts on this sequel and the potential cop-out to keep Sharlto Copley in it?