HitFix quotes Terri Tatchell, co-writer of District 9 with director Neill Blomkamp, as stating that “never in a million years” did the pair plan for a sequel.
Apparently a large portion of District 9‘s initial screenplay was about Multinational United’s efforts inside the alien mothership, when it first landed above Johannesburg – these scenes were cut due to budget constraints, rather than the length of the screenplay.
By the end of District 9 (my 2009 film of the year), I thought a sequel had the potential to be awesome, even though the ending does still work well on its own (SPOILERS: seeing Christopher Johnson return to Earth with an alien army would be brilliant). Tatchell said she thought the finale was nice as a conclusion to the story. However, in addition to her comments yesterday, Blomkamp said back in January that he’d be much more interested in a prequel to the film, which would probably incorporate the cut sequences of the MNU in the mothership. /Film quotes him as saying:
If you go forward [with his story beyond District 9] it’s more of a traditional film but if you go backward I’d be intrigued in that. I’m not so interested in aliens coming back and blowing things up but [a prequel] might be interesting.
I’d rather a story that carries on from District 9, rather than precedes it, as I thought the original already did a fine job of summing up the events of the mothership’s landing. A prequel would still be very cool though, and I’ll just be happy to see whatever Blomkamp and Tatchell decide to do in the future.