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District 10 is Coming: Sequel to Cult Classic Sci Fi Masterpiece District 9 Finally in the Works, Sharlto Copley Confirms

District 10 is real, and it’s happening. The world first witnessed the fascinating premise of the sci-fi thriller film District 9 back in 2009, and now, almost 13 years later, the fans of the cult classic have received news on the development of the sequel from none other than actor Sharlto Copley. According to claims made by the actor, the sequel will be going under production very soon, and a draft for the sequel’s script is already being worked upon.

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District 9, directed by Neill Blomkamp

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Sharlto Copley Gives An Important Update

Yes, District 10 is underway. Thanks to actor Sharlto Copley, who we saw in District 9 in the role of government agent Wikus Van De Merwe, the world has received an update on the pre-production process of the upcoming sequel. In a podcast, the actor opened up about the project and what it has been like working on drafts for the script with director Neill Blomkamp.

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Sharlto Copley confirms District 10 is coming

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This is what the actor had to say:

“We’ve been working. I did a draft, I sent it back to him [Neill Blomkamp]. He’s done a draft. It’s like just tiring to find the right sort of story. There were some things going on socio-politically that he felt maybe timing-wise he didn’t want to go immediately. So maybe in like a year, year-and-a-half [we will begin filming]. He wants to have something to say.”

As attested by the actor, there are certain elements in the draft that the director wants to take his time on. With the legacy of the first film, it’s only natural for the director to want to live up to it. Therefore, the film might see its production process take place a year and a half from now after Blomkamp, Copley, and Terri Tatchell are done with the script.

What The District 10 Director Had Previously Said

Director Neill Blomkamp
Director Neill Blomkamp

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Despite having a $30 million production budget, when District 9 saw its release back in 2009, it made $115.6 million in domestic box office revenue. The movie was a ginormous success and was also well received by critics and the movie-goers of that time. The director of the film, Neill Blomkamp, always envisioned a sequel to the first movie. Momentarily after the film’s release, the director had wanted to expand the world of District 9 as it deals with a universe that the filmmaker found “incredibly creative.”

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District 10 is coming soon

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Following years since District 9, there was initially no news about a confirmed sequel —  something which was a natural expectation following the ending of the film which begged a continuation. Then, last year, the director had the following to say in an interview about District 10:

“It took a decade to figure out, to come up with a reason why to make that film as opposed to just make a sequel. There was a topic in American history that the second I realized that that fit into the world of District 9, it felt like an awesome way to do a sequel.”

Hence, the director is planning to incorporate an element of American history that would best befit the world of District 10; an inspiration he got struck with while watching a socio-political documentary. To assure long-time fans, the filmmaker also confirmed in the same interview that the sequel continues to be developed and it’s getting a lot closer.” 

This year too, in May, the director was very vocal about the upcoming installment when he sat down for an interview with Dexerto. “The answer is it’s within the near future,” said Blomkamp when he mentioned that District 10 is being worked upon.

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Blomkamp urges fans to wait a bit more…

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As District 10 plans on going under production a year and a half from now, District 9, a found footage-format film that dealt with concepts like xenophobia and oppression in a sci-fi landscape involving aliens, can be streamed on Netflix.

Source: Movie Web