About four months ago, Neill Blomkamp revealed at a press conference that he had plans to revisit the world of his feature film debut ‘District 9’ eventually. Tentatively titled ‘District 10’, the director revealed that he had more to say in that story, but he was just too occupied at that time to really worry about it. Now, it appears that he found the time because he managed to conjure up a treatment for the film with his wife/writing partner Terri Tatchell.
In an extensive profile on Blomkamp with Wired Magazine to promote his new film ‘Elysium’, the filmmaker revealed that a fairly in depth treatment has been forged for ‘District 10’. Here’s the excerpt from the article talking about it:
He and Tatchell have written an 18-page treatment for ‘District 10’—about which he’ll say little more than that the story is “really fucking cool”—but he’s not prepared to commit to it. He’s sure he’ll come up with any number of other really fucking cool ideas he might want to pursue first.
It is a bit of a bummer that he didn’t share any details about the story, but that will all come in due time. After all, once ‘Elysium’ is released, Blomkamp has two more films in the pipeline before he can dedicate his time to the sequel. His next film, ‘Chappie’, starts filming in September and then after that he’s moving on to ‘Mild Oats’, which is being described as “somewhere between John Waters and Jackass”.
Noticeably absent from the filmmaker’s plans is something related to ‘Star Wars’. Back at that press conference four months ago, Simon Kinberg had hinted that Blomkamp should throw his hat in the ring for one of the many projects in the works at Disney for the galaxy far, far away, but this article confirms that he will not be involved in the cinematic universe being revisited first by J.J. Abrams and ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’:
He turned down the possibility of working on a new ‘Star Wars’ movie after the subject was “gingerly” broached by ‘Elysium’ producer and close friend Simon Kinberg, who’s deeply involved in the revitalized franchise.
While that may be bad news for some, at least Blomkamp can focus on the original stories that he’s currently cultivating for the silver screen, which is really where he prefers to be working in anyway.
Are you excited for to find out what’s in that treatment for ‘District 10’? Are you disappointed that Neill Blomkamp pulled himself out of the running for a ‘Star Wars’ movie? Let us know how you feel about all this in the comments below.
‘Elysium’ starring Matt Damon, Jodi Foster, Wagner Moura, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, and Diego Luna open on August 9, 2013.