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Will we ever get to see the disputed sequel to Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 based on ‘American history’? | District 9


TThe best science fiction movies always leave us wanting to know more. Think Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Terminator, Blade Runner, Ex Machina or The Matrix. They are all filled with so much enigma, visions of the future that are only half explained, that we end the movie desperate for more information. Was Deckard a replicant? Who built and placed the monoliths? Where do xenomorphs come from? Should Neo have taken the blue pill? These are the kinds of questions that fuel speculation on message boards for decades after the movie hit theaters.

Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 stands up to any of the films mentioned above in terms of its ability to create a living and vibrant sci-fi world that captivates the senses with its shocking differences from our own reality and inspires us to look at the shortcomings of our own reality. own social structures. Blomkamp’s ingenious decision to combine the fresh style of found footage with racial satire amid the stale slums of South Africa’s alternate reality marked the 2009 film as a rare example of smart science fiction on the big screen. It put Sharlto Copley on the Hollywood radar and briefly watched the director take on the mantle of the future man of futuristic cinema: Middle Elysium followed in 2013, with the underrated Chappie arriving in 2015, but, despite the latter returning us to the bad streets of Jo’burg, Blomkamp’s star never quite regained its original brilliance.

Now it seems that Blomkamp is returning to his groundbreaking film. Earlier this week, the director told IGN that District 10 would be inspired by “a theme in American history,” adding: “That script is still being written. Looks good. It took me a decade to figure it out, to find a reason to make that movie instead of just making a sequel. “

The concern is that after failing to get his Alien project done, the South African filmmaker no longer has the clout in Hollywood to push it out of line, which would be a huge shame. We all want to know what happened to the callous Copley official turned defender of the extraterrestrial “prawns” Wikus van der Merwe after he transformed into one of the creatures he once happened to chase during the events of the original film. District 9 left so many questions unanswered that it simply requires follow-up.

Will the alien Christopher return to help restore Wikus to its former self? What happened to the prawns that were left on Earth? And will the nasty humans who kept their unfortunate guests in misery be shattered now that the aliens have regained control of their heavily armed mothership?

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Raising a mirror to society … District 9. Photograph: Allstar / Sony Pictures Releasing / Sportsphoto Ltd

There are other questions to answer. Why did Wikus transform into a prawn after coming into contact with the aliens’ fuel in the first place? What the heck is in those things ?! Why were some of the aliens intelligent, while others looked more like animals in intellect? Do aliens function using something akin to a hive mind (there were hints in District 9 that they may have landed on Earth due to the death of their “queen”) or are they more individualistic, and therefore human, in terms of your focus?

The idea that District 10 could be based on a moment in American history does not seem entirely to match the likely setting of Jo’burg from the film – the film’s title refers to the new area where the ground prawns were relocated. remaining at the end of the first movie. South Africa’s grimy maelstrom of inequity and prejudice was such a perfect starting point for a dystopian satire on xenophobia that it’s hard to imagine a sequel that would work so well in a different setting, even one that has the potential to represent a camera. equally poisonous echo.

On the other hand, although Jo’burg in the 1980s was a terrifying place, its citizens did not attempt to storm their own cusp of government to try to reverse an election after being molested by an authoritarian demagogue. There is an argument that recent American history is more dystopian than anything Hollywood sci-fi filmmakers have produced on the big screen, although, fortunately for American democracy, Donald Trump’s right-wing mob couldn’t. seize so many exo-mechanized suits.


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