District 9 - Behind the Scenes

After the massive critical and commercial success of District 9 this past summer, several doors have opened for writer/director Neill Blomkamp. According to Variety, he’s nailed down his next project and it will be another science-fiction tale but not of the sequel kind. He’ll be teaming up with Media Rights Capital for another original piece instead of a follow up to his hit film.

At the moment the developing film is untitled, but is scheduled to begin production in mid-2010. Blomkamp will immediately start writing the script and preparing the visual effects. Within his partnership with MRC, he will have complete creative control over the project, which is a rarity when making any film.

“MRC is letting me make the film I want to make and that is by far the most important thing here,” Blomkamp said. “The film will hopefully be commercial, but it is very much a singular film, that comes directly from me. `District 9’ was a bit different. I was learning the process then, under Peter Jackson’s wing. He had control, but was awesome enough to let me make the film I wanted to.

With so much pressure from the success of his debut feature, you’d think he’d be afraid of having so much control over his sophomore effort. If it bombs, there will be no one else to take the blame off of him.

“I’m not particularly interested in massive budget films, or creating huge spectacles that some young directors might be attracted to,” he said. “Hopefully, this will be a bit unique, very much a reflection of me. It is absolutely another science fiction film, quite different from `District 9,’ but some of the blending of genres and the tone might be within the same realm.”

Good luck Neill. I hope it all works out for you.

What do you think of Neil Blomkamp’s approach to his second film?