Earlier this month Neill Blomkamp had an interesting interview with The Verge where he spoke among other things about a potential District 9 sequel.
With District 9, I plan on making another film in that world. To go back and work with WETA, and make the film would be cool, but anything that pre-exists like that may not be the best fit for whatever we’re trying here.
This quote appears within a larger discussion of Blomkamp’s budding project: Oats Studio. The idea behind the studio is that it’ll work as a repository for some of his ideas and those of his team. They’ll develop short films which will be available for free and hopefully be picked up by larger studios to be made into feature films.
Even though there appears to be no concrete plan in place to make the sequel, the thought alone is tantalizing. District 9 ended on a cliff hanger more or less, depending on your reading of that film, so it would be worth going back to explore that world even further.
Say what you will about Chappie or even Elysium, Blomkamp has a natural affinity for sci-fi. Since no large film studio has officially picked up a District 9 sequel, the Oats project might be the way the sequel makes its way to theatres.
Dwelling on this point, Blomkamp’s move to go independent or at least away from the mainstream media coupled with interest in a District 9 sequel might just be the best move for him. Creatively, he’ll now have free reign to control his projects the way he sees fit. He’ll be able to hone his skills in the genre and hopefully create some great pieces. One such short film, Rakka, is already causing some buzz online.
What this means for a District 9 sequel is potentially a more robust application of Blomkamp’s sci-fi prowess. Having not done many films Blomkamp is a relative novice and with the experience to be gained through Oats the future only looks promising.