District 9 prequel?

After Neill Blomkamp’s brilliant, no-budget District 9 made waves in 2009 (pivotally following a disappointing summer of vapid blockbusters), a sequel must be on everybody’s lips.

But Blomkamp appears to be leaning more in the direction of a prequel to his apartheid analogous alien flick.

Speaking with the LA Times , he said:

“A sequel might be interesting. I know what I'm doing next so it wouldn't be right away. But the concept of aliens in Johannesburg is such an appealing idea to me and the issues of race and how they meet.

"All of the things that I had going on with it. I wouldn't mind messing around with it again.

"I'm open to it if the story works and there's a reason to do it. And [Copley's character] Wikus is so funny to me, I'm very interested in a sort of passive racist like that.

"If you go forward [with his story beyond District 9 ] it's more of a traditional film, but if you go backward I'd be intrigued in that. I'm not so interested in aliens coming back and blowing things up but [a prequel] might be interesting.”

Prequel, huh? It’s a fittingly left field suggestion from the director. And we do love Wikus. But what sort of revelations can be plumbed from going back to before the events of District 9 ?

Whatever Blomkamp comes up with, we trust he’ll do us right. Meanwhile, he’s writing his next as-yet-unnamed project, a sci-fi film set 150 years in the future.

Fancy a prequel? Got any ideas for a story? Drop us a line below...

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.