Writer-director is that rarest of people in Hollywood: Blowing up on the scene with 2009's breakout hit District 9, he's now able to command a larger budget and genuine A-list actors, as evidenced by upcoming sci-fi thriller Elysium. Yet, he still has the feel of a guy who could just as easily go back to directing a low-budget, high-concept film that would garner a high level of both critical and commercial success.
So, with two different paths to choose from, where does the director go after Elysium? Might we finally see that District 10 movie we've been hoping for? Blomkamp explained to IGN that he's definitely down to do the sequel to District 9...but don't ask him to actually commit to anything:
I really want to make a District 9 sequel. I genuinely do. The problem is I have a bunch of ideas and stuff that I want to make. I’m relatively new to this – I’m about to make my third film, and now the pattern that I’m starting to realise is very true is that you lock yourself into a film beyond the film you’re currently working on. But it just doesn’t work for me.
I don’t know if it works for other directors, but the amount of ideas and the amount of different places I want to go through the duration of making one film, means that I have no idea what else I want to do during that process. I only know at the end. So if I say I want to make District 10, and then I have 50 ideas while I’m making [next film] Chappie, and when I get to the end I don’t want to make it, it’s not a good place to be at. But I know I want to make District 10 at some point.
Is it just me, or does Blomkamp's rambling, "I'd like to, but I just don't want to be tied down..." sound like a guy afraid of commitment dodging the question of "What are we?" from the girl he's been seeing for a few weeks?
A few months ago, there were also rumors circulating that Blomkamp might be on the list of filmmakers to direct one of the upcoming Star Wars films, possibly even one of the stand-alones. What does the director think of that idea? Essentially, thanks but no thanks:
No. I don’t think so. I love Star Wars. I really, really love Star Wars. But I’m not the right guy. And also, just taking ideas that already exist in Hollywood is just not for me.
So, there you have it. A Blomkamp-directed Star Wars probably won't happen, a District 10 probably will (though we don't know when), and in the meantime, we can all head to the theater on August 9th to watch Blomkamp's trademark sci-fi slant in Elysium.
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