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Director Neill Blomkamp Announces District 9 Sequel Is Happening

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Director Neill Blomkamp Announces District 9 Sequel Is Happening

Director Neill Blomkamp has confirmed the hotly-anticipated sequel to District 9 is finally set to happen, 12 years after the original hit cinemas.

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We haven't seen any films from Blomkamp for six years now, but that doesn't mean that he hasn't been busy.

He's been trying to get an Aliens sequel off the floor, was briefly involved with Robocop Returns.

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However, the question about whether there would be a follow-up to fan favourite District 9 has persisted, and now he's provided an answer.

Blomkamp tweeted to announce who was helping him to write the film today (26 February), and also revealed the movie would be titled District 10.

Credit: Sony Pictures
Credit: Sony Pictures

He wrote: "District 10 screenplay also being written by @sharlto @territatchell and I. It's coming..."

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The people referred to in the tweet are Sharlto Copley, the actor and write who played Wikus van der Merwe in the original film, as well as Terri Tatchell, who also received a writing credit for the original.

So, we can expect to see more of the same, which is a good thing.

If you remember the original flick, it was quite strangely put together, featuring mocked-up interview footage and surveillance shots, as well as fictional news footage.

The 2009 film focused on themes of humanity and xenophobia, but in quite a unique way.

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It explores those themes through the relationship between a load of underfed aliens found on a spaceship in South Africa, and the humans that live alongside them.

Of course there's a lot more to it than that, but you've probably already seen it if you're reading this article.

The film was a somewhat unlikely commercial success, and took $210.8 million (£151m) at the worldwide box office from a budget of $30 million (£21.5m).

Not a bad return for Sony Pictures.

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Credit: Sony Pictures
Credit: Sony Pictures

The film was also critically acclaimed and received four Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture, as well as Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay, Best Achievement in Film Editing, and Best Achievement in Visual Effects.

So, there'll be quite a bit of excitement about the new film, that's for sure.

On Twitter, one person wrote: "Now that makes me truly happy."

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Another said: "District 9 was the first R-rated movie I got to see in a movie theater, I can't wait. Love this movie to death."

A third commented: "One of the best cinematic examples of CG used properly to maximum effect. Besides its awesomeness, the movie is a good representation of how people treat each other."

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