Neill Blomkamp Discusses District 10 and Turning Down a Star Wars Film


neill-blomkampDirector Neill Blomkamp blew movie goers out of the water with his first big screen film District 9. The sci-fi thriller earned a Best Picture nomination in 2009 and since then, Blomkamp has had the pick of the litter, with numerous offers thrown his direction, several of them being high profile tent poles and franchise. But, the director has, so far, opted to stick with original films, such as his upcoming Elysium, starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley. The director recently sat down to talk with Wired about his future plans and touches on where the potential District 10 film stands, as well as why he opted to turn down a Star Wars film.

Many fans of Blomkamp’s sci-fi/social commentary film District 9 have been expecting a sequel and the director has shown interest in the idea for some time. It looks as though he has made some considerable progress on the story, with an 18-page treatment already hammered out. However, I wouldn’t expect to see the film happen any time soon.

He and [wife/partner Terri] Tatchell have written an 18-page treatment for District 10—about which he’ll say little more than that the story is “really f***ing cool”—but he’s not prepared to commit to it. He’s sure he’ll come up with any number of other really f***ing cool ideas he might want to pursue first.

As with any sequel, I’d prefer the creator be fully invested in the story and the concept, for the sake of creating a movie that does the first film justice and is not just a rushed attempt to capitolize on the property. So this geek says “take your time, Mr. Blomkamp.” Neill has already set his sights on his next project, which will start filming later this year. Chappie will star Blomkamp favorite Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Yolandi Visser. Little is known about the film, but he did give a few tidbits about what to expect.

“If something is as smart as you, do you treat it differently if it isn’t a human?” He’s cowriting Chappie with Tatchell, who describes the script as laugh-out-loud funny but also emotional. “It’s fairly touching,” Blomkamp confirms. “But, you know, fraught with gunfire.”

Finally, as with any director who comes to the party swinging, Blomkamp is a director that offers something new and fresh and because of that, is someone a lot of the studios will approach for upcoming projects. Disney and Lucasfilm, as we know, are in the process of expanding the Star Wars universe with JJ Abrams Episode VII headed into production soon and several additional stand-alone films. It was one of these films that Blomkamp was reportedly approached to helm.

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.

I don’t think I’m the only geek out there who would love to see that happen, but I think Blomkamp has found a niche in his original projects. Elysium looks to be every bit as good and interesting as District 9 was, which we’ll find out when it opens in a few weeks, and Chappie certainly sounds like it will fall right in line. We recently learned that Boba Fett and the Han Solo/Chewie duo will likely be the focus of the stand-alone films and I’m not sure Blomkamp is right for those two, so it’s probably for the best. What are your thoughts? Would you want to see Blomkamp take on Mr. Fett?

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Source : Wired