Sharlto Copley has provided an update on the long-anticipated potential sequel to District 9.
Released in 2009, District 9 told the story of a group of aliens who land in South Africa in 1982 and are imprisoned in a social segregation camp over a period of around 20 years.
One alien, Christopher Johnson, plans to leave Earth and return home with his son before coming in contact with government bureaucrat Wikus van de Merwe.
The movie touched on real-life issues like xenophobia and is inspired by apartheid South Africa.
On a budget of $30 million, it earned $210m at the box office. It received critical acclaim and helped put Copley and director Neill Blomkamp on the map.
A sequel was been discussed ever since District 9 was released. When Copley was asked recently by ComicBook.com about whether he and Blomkamp talk about a second movie, he said:
"We do. I mean, we came so close to doing it. So hopefully, after his next movie, maybe we'll do it then."
What has Blomkamp said?
In an interview with IGN in 2013, Blomkamp said, "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."
Blomkamp has been linked with various undeveloped projects over the last decade, including an entry in both the Alien and RoboCop franchises. At the moment, he is on the cusp of releasing his take on Gran Turismo.
In February of 2021, he confirmed plans were in place via a post on social media.