Sharlto Copley, who promoted his new film Beast with BroBible's Post Cred Podcast, has revealed that the long-awaited sequel is still in research and may even begin production as early as next year.
Yeah, man, weve been working. I prepared a draft, sent it back to him. He's done a draft. It's like trying to find the right sort of story. Some things going on socio-politically that [Blomkamp] felt he didnt want to do immediately. So maybe in like a year, year-and-a-half [well begin filming]. He wants to have something to say about the project currently in development.
Copley did not provide any further information on the sequel, but it does reassure fans of the first film that the sequel has not been abandoned after all these years. After meeting Christopher Johnson, Wikus is fully transformed as he awaits Christopher's return, the film concludes with Wikus fully transformed into a prawn.
Blomkamp has hints at a District 9 sequel many times since the film's release, with previous reports stating that it would be inspired by real-life American politics. The director has also been linked to several canceled projects such as Alien 5 and Robocops.
The first District 9 was released in 2009 as Blomkamp's feature-length film debut and was praised by many as an instant classic of the science fiction genre. It received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Achievement in Visual Effects.
District 10 has no confirmed filming or release date due to the film's early development status.