Sharlto Copley says District 10 is at least a year away from shooting

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The District 9 star Sharlto Copley has offered an update on the progress of the long-awaited sequel to the 2009 sci-fi classic.

It’s been around a year since we heard anything meaningful from Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley regarding the progress of District 10, the planned follow-up to 2009’s excellent sci-fi action movie, District 9. With Blomkamp not having the most successful record at getting science-fiction sequels off the ground in the last few years (Alien 5, RoboCop Returns) we were starting to wonder if this quiet spell was worryingly portentous. When PlayStation Productions announced that the director would be helming an adaptation of the popular Gran Turismo racing games, it seemed that District 10 might be a very long way off indeed.

However, the star of the first film and regular Blomkamp collaborator, Sharlto Copley has popped up to reassure fans that he and the filmmaker are still working on the script. Copley was interviewed by Post-cred Pod on social media, where he stated “yeah, man, we’ve been working. I did a draft, I sent it back to him. He’s done a draft. It’s like just tiring [sic] to find the right sort of story”.

“There were some things going on socio-politically that he [Blomkamp] felt maybe timing-wise he didn’t want to go immediately. So maybe in like a year, year-and-a-half [we’ll begin filming]. He wants to have something to say.”

District 9 was an allegorical adventure staged in South Africa in a modern day setting, and following Blomkamp’s announcement that a follow-up was in the works, especially with the reveal that the action might be taking place in America this time, it’s easy to imagine some of the socio-political elements that Blomkamp might want to tackle.

Whatever the reasoning for letting things play out slowly, it seems like we might be be waiting for this one for some time to come, but as it stands at least the project is alive and making progress. More as we hear it…

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