It’s been eight long years since South African director Neill Blomkamp exploded onto the scene with his outstanding feature debut, District 9, which not only became an instant sci-fi classic and a box office hit, but was actually nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. At the time, there was a lot of talk about a possible sequel — unofficially known as District 10 — but over the years that chatter has subsided while Blomkamp has moved onto projects like Elysium, Chappie and, for a hot minute, an Alien sequel that got pushed to the side by Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant.
But speaking this week with actor Sharlto Copley — who was a complete unknown and not even acting when Blomkamp cast him in District 9 — Den of Geek posed the the question: will he and Blomkamp ever reconvene for a second film?
“We have assorted, varyingly complex calls about that topic,” answered the good-natured Copley. “I am going to publish his email online soon and just say, ‘Guys, just start asking him,’ because now the ball is fairly and squarely in his court when he wants to get back and do it. I would love to and I still think we will, yeah. Yeah. I think we both feel that way.”
So nothing definite yet but Copley still holds out hope. By the way, the actor himself appears in the new crime thriller/comedy Free Fire, which opens today (April 21). You can read more that movie here, here and here, and watch for our full Copley interview in the next couple of days.