Will District 9's sequel be a prequel instead?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Last July, we posted about District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's plans for a sequel to his hit movie, for which he just got nominated for a Producers Guild Award.

This week, he elaborated a bit on his plans for a follow-up—which might be a prequel instead, but definitely not a TV show—to the Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex blog:

"A television show I wouldn't really want to do. That would be...well, I just don't want to do that. But a sequel might be interesting. I know what I'm doing next so it wouldn't be right away. But the concept of aliens in Johannesburg is such an appealing idea to me and the issues of race and how they meet. All of the things that I had going on with it. I wouldn't mind messing around with it again. I'm open to it if the story works and there's a reason to do it. And [Sharlto Copley's character] Wikus is so funny to me, I'm very interested in a sort of passive racist like that. If you go forward [with his story beyond "District 9"] it's more of a traditional film but if you go backward I'd be intrigued in that. I'm not so interested in aliens coming back and blowing things up but [a prequel] might be interesting."

The Times also reported a bit more about Blomkamp's next movie, a sci-fi epic about which we first posted at Comic-Con last year:

"The setting for the next film takes place 150 years from now. There are two cities that I'm choosing between. They would play as themselves. They are not in South Africa. The success of "District 9" has made things a lot easier. I can get other things made."

What do you think? Do you want District 10, picking up from the first film? Or a prequel that sets up the Prawns' arrival in Jo Burg?

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