The boys and girls over at MarketSaw have an insider deep within the walls of WETA it would seem. If you’re new to movies, WETA is the digital effects house kick-started by Peter Jackson that handled the Lord of the Rings trilogy and pretty much every awesome effect since then that wasn’t done by LucasFilm.
Rumor is the WETA Workshop is getting ready to explore (working title) District 10, the sequel movie and relocation camp of District 9. All we really think we know right now is that Peter Jackson will produce and Neil Blomkamp will be back in the director’s chair come October.
Now, considering that this is still April, we can probably assume that District 10 is only in some level of scripting. Pre-production usually doesn’t kick in this far out (six months) unless you’re making something huge. Likely an early draft of the script or a detailed outline has been approved and a start date set. Over the next few months the script will undoubtedly be rewritten, or written.
When District 9 first blew us away, talk of a sequel began immediately thanks to Blomkamp’s expressed desire to make on. My opinion then, as now, is that if the original producer (Jackson), the original writer (Blomkamp), the original director (Blomkamp again!), and the original star (Copley) want to make a sequel, then hell yeah let’s do it.
Are you interested in a District 9 sequel? Is District 10 a dumb title?