After the shocking success of "District 9," it's a wonder that director Neill Blomkamp hasn't been re-approached to come back to "Halo," the video game adaptation that he and producer Peter Jackson were attached to long before the South Africa-set science fiction film.
But Blomkamp did something in "District 9" that isn't accomplished nearly enough these days — he created an entirely original property, and that's what he's looking to do again with his next feature film.
According to Variety, the filmmaker is teaming up with Media Rights Capital for a brand new science fiction project. While currently untitled, it appears that the movie will not be a sequel to "District 9."
Further, Blomkamp's partnership with MRC means that the director will have total creative freedom over his project, ensuring that the unique directorial vision brought to "District 9" will remain in place for this next film.
"MRC is letting me make the film I want to make, and that is by far the most important thing here," Blomkamp told Variety. "The film will hopefully be commercial, but it is very much a singular film, [one] that comes directly from me."
The untitled project will have a bigger budget than "District 9," which cost less than $30 million to make and managed an over $184 million gross worldwide, but Blomkamp's next film is still expected to have a modest budget.
"Some of the most brilliant filmmakers have worked in sci-fi, and Neill made his film with less money than most of them," said MRC chief executive Modi Wiczyk.
There's no word yet on whether or not Peter Jackson will have a hand in Blomkamp's next cinematic endeavor — and while his participation would certainly be welcome, I doubt it's necessary any longer. Thanks to the success of "District 9," Blomkamp should do just fine flying on his own.
What do you think Blomkamp's next film will be about? Should he stick to an all-original property or continue the "District 9" mythology? How about a return to "Halo"? Let us know what you want from the director in the comments section or on Twitter!