Interesting news today from Neil Blomkaamp out of his studio Oats Studio. Looks like he’s decided on returning to the world District 9, which makes a lot of sense as he failed to achieve much impetuous with his Elysium or the rather terrible Chappie, a movie that should have been right at home with his robot-filming directorial sensibilities. as Blomkaamp say, when asked by The Verge if he would ever make a sequel to his previous three films:
“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 pre-exists like that may not be the best fit for whatever we’re trying here.”
My take? Who cares? He made one film, District 9, which was nommed for four Academy Awards, made big bucks at the box office, and was critically acclaimed at 90 percent fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. He deftly wove social commentary in with a little satire and a lot of science fiction with that film, and rightly deserved his praise, especially considering it was his first film, a rare achievement among filmmakers. From there….not much. He made Elysium, a rather bland-looking and typical commentary on the social divide between the rich and the poor, and Chappie, a movie I could not even start, much less finish. To me, then, that he’s decided to return to D9 makes me wonder if he’s used up all the story he had in himself, and that his return to his one shining achievement signals an empty head on Blomkaamp’s part, now that his pathway to a Alien 5 is dead. In other, shorter, words, a one-hit wonder.
He should be designing robots for Michael Bay instead of helming his own films, imo.