No 'District 9' Sequel Until the Story Is Figured Out
A follow-up to summer hit "District 9" won't be happening in the near future due to its story. Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily brought up the update, reporting that although Sony Pictures is more than willing to push forth the sequel, it will have to wait until producer Peter Jackson and director Neill Blomkamp come up with a story.
Finke wrote in its report, "...those close to producer Peter Jackson and director Neill Blomkamp say only it may happen 'at some point' when the duo 'figure out what the story is and organize their respective schedules'. " Jackson currently has a full plate with the J.R.R. Tolkien's adaptation, "The Hobbit", while Blomkamp is reportedly fielding numerous offers.
Based on short film "Alive in Joburg", "District 9" itself centers the story on a group of aliens who finds themselves stuck in slum-like conditions in a makeshift home in South Africa's District 9. Amidst the growing tension between the aliens and the humans, Wikus van der Merwe contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable, for he is the key to unlock the secrets of alien technology.
Starring Sharlto Copley, the movie opened wide in theaters across the U.S. on August 14. It went on to dethrone "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" from the top of the North American box office chart with $37.4 million opening bow. The movie that was made with a budget of $30 million has recently crossed the $200 million mark worldwide.
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