District 10: Sharlto Copley updates on the sequel to District 9

District 10the long-awaited sequel to the acclaimed District 9 by director Neill Blomkamp, ​​after a long development phase now seems almost ready for production, announced Sharlto Copley, the lead actor of the original film, ready to sign his third collaboration with Blomkamp nine years after Elysium.

Copley talked about filming by 2024 for “District 10” in an interview with the site BroBible in which he also talked about his recent collaboration with Idris Elba for the survival-thriller beast which will arrive in Italian cinemas on September 22nd.

Yes, man, we worked. I made a draft, sent it back to him. He made a draft. It’s just tiring to find the right story. There were some things that were happening socio-politically that [Blomkamp] he felt that perhaps timing-wise he didn’t want to deal with immediately. So maybe in a year, a year and a half [cominceremo le riprese]. She wants to have something to say.

When during the interview it was mentioned that Christopher, the alien of the Prawn species who leads the escape from Earth, had promised that he would return within three years to help Copley’s character, accidentally infected by an alien liquid, back in human form, the South African actor responded with an emphatic “He did, bro.”

Released in 2009, Blomkamp’s “District 9” reworked some elements of the eighties sci-fi crime drama Alien Nationtreating as happened in the film with James Caan the alien element as an immigrant / refugee touching elements such as segregation, lack of integration and the creation of ghettos, in the case of “District 9” real slums, where they were crowded and separated from “human” society the alien refugees. The film set in 1982 in Johannesburg, South Africa and filmed with a budget of just $30 million, it was hugely successful with $210 million in worldwide grossing.

As for what we can expect from the film, Blomkamp previously said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter: “I’m still working on it” and that the film would be made “soon”. In a previous interview Blomkamp said it was just a “matter of script”.

I think the first film’s approach is correct; it’s really just a matter of script. If there’s a little more stuff going on in the script, then you need a little more money. But I think if we could make it more essential and minimal we could do it. It becomes more agile and more creative and I personally like it.

Blomkamp speaking about the story of the sequel revealed that it will take its cue from “a topic in American history”.

That script is being written. It seems good. It took a decade to figure that out, to find a reason to make the movie I wanted instead of just making a sequel. There was an argument in American history that the moment I realized it fit the world of District 9, it seemed like a great way to do a sequel. So yes, it continues to be developed and is getting closer and closer.

Neill Blomkamp who was born as a 3D animator working on TV series such as Stargate SG-1, Dark Angel And Aftershock – Earthquake in New York made his debut with a bang in 2009 with the acclaimed “District 9” produced by Peter Jackson and based on a short film by Blomkamp, Alive in Joburg of 2006. The short in question had so impressed Jackson that the director originally wanted to entrust Blomkamp with the live-action adaptation of the video game Halounfortunately the project did not take off and Jackson did not want to waste so much talent and so he decided to produce “District 9”, a film that launched Blomkamp and which unfortunately the director will not be able to match in his next two works: the discreet “Elysium” with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster and the Mediocre Humandroid, in which “Robocop meets Pinocchio” and ends up generating a sort of Jar Jar Binks. Blomkamp has also been involved in a number of shelved projects, including the infamous one Alien 5direct sequel toAliens by James Cameron, shelved by 20th Century Fox to make room for the disappointing Alien: Covenant by Ridley Scott; another project this time abandoned by Blomkamp is the awaited sequel Robocop Returns who allegedly ignored the 2014 remake. Blomkamp after directing budget horror demonic (2019), dedicated himself to the world of video games by developing the game with Gunzilla Off the Grid, in which the player is placed at the center of a secret corporate war on a dystopian tropical island. OTG is a multiplayer third-person shooter with a cyberpunk setting and a game style described as Battle Royale 2.0 where the player shapes the story and gameplay. OTG sends the player on mind-boggling assassination and sabotage missions on their way to greater glory and market share for their chosen faction. “Off The Grid” is expected for 2023 on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.


Sharlto Copley in addition to starring in the survival-thriller Beast arriving in September, is currently busy on the set of the action film Desert Warrior by Rupert Wyatt about “an honest and mysterious rogue, known as Hanzala, who makes an enemy of Emperor Kisra (Ben Kingsley) after helping a fugitive king and princess in the desert.” Furthermore Copley is in the cast of two other films in post-production: Monkey Manwhere Copley stars with Dev Patel, who makes his directorial debut, with an action thriller about a recently released ex-criminal living in India who struggles to adjust to a world of corporate greed and eroding spiritual values ​​and Boy Kills World starring Bill Skarsgård and Famke Janssen, described as a “dystopian delirious and dreamlike action that follows Boy, a deaf mute with a vibrant imagination who is trained by a mysterious shaman to repress his childhood imagination and become an instrument of death to avenge the his family killed.”

District 10: Sharlto Copley updates on the sequel to District 9