District 9 creator's next sci-fi epic gets the go-ahead

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

With District 9 a hit, director Neill Blomkamp is turning his talents to his next movie, which he told us a while back would be a balls-out sci-fi epic, and today the good news is that someone's financing it and it'll begin production next year.

Variety reported:

Media Rights Capital has committed to the next film by "District 9" writer-director Neill Blomkamp. The untitled sci-fier will begin production by the middle of next year. ...

MRC is giving Blomkamp creative freedom and a production commitment that isn't contingent on domestic distribution. ...

"MRC is letting me make the film I want to make, and that is by far the most important thing here," Blomkamp told Daily Variety. "The film will hopefully be commercial, but it is very much a singular film, (one) that comes directly from me."

Blomkamp will begin writing the movie and getting its visual effects prepared.

Earlier this year, Blomkamp gave us a hint about the movie's storyline:

"It's a pretty epic science fiction film that takes place not on Earth," Blomkamp said. "So that probably sounds like pretty much every other science fiction film out there. But it has a pretty unique, awesome twist to it, which I'll have to make it before I can tell you. ... It's based on a planet, yeah. It's based on another planet. It's actually based on two other planets."

This is great news, as Blomkamp demonstrated a unique vision and brilliant technical skills in bringing District 9 to life. Such a fiercely independent moviemaker should have creative freedom, so we're glad to see someone's willing to grant him that.

But what about District 10, the expected follow-up to the alien-internment movie? No word, and now it looks like it'll have to wait for the as-yet-untitled sci-fi epic.