Since news on a potential Alien 5 film directed by Neill Blomkamp dissolved, the word on what the South African filmmaker has on his plate has been quiet.
What Blomkamp has been working on recently is building up his own film studio called Oats Studio where he wanted to have a place to let his ideas germinate and grown organically into whatever life they take. What this means is that without a rigid plan in place, Blomkamp and his team can create short films that he can release online for free to see if any of them can build interest on a viral level before investing more into the idea to make it a full-length feature story. But, that doesn't mean he's done with District 9.
If you’re familiar with how District 9 came to be, it started as a short called Alive in Joburg. That’s the kind of experimental magic that they’re trying to conjure at Oats Studio, but also to dive into horror / science fiction / fantasy films that are also political–like Elysium and District 9–and some that are also apolitical. But Oats Studio is not the only thing that Blomkamp is trying to lift off the ground. When asked by The Verge on whether or not he’d use Oats Studio as a workshop for tie-ins to his previous films, District 9, Elysium, or Chappie, Blomkamp answered:
“Probably not, no. In order to do that you would have to interact with the studios that own those films. The whole point here is to just be autonomous and just do whatever we want.
With District 9, I plan on making another film in that world. To go back and work with WETA and make the film would be cool, but anything that preexists like that may not be the best fit for what we’re trying here (at Oats Studio). “
No word on when we could see a District 9 sequel on the horizon, but that film did leave us with a bit of a cliffhanger and more than a few science fiction fans would be interested to see a District 10. So it's encouraging to see that there's still life in that project.
In case you’d like to see what Oats Studio is currently working on, check out the two trailers below.