Remember liking District 9? Prepare to probably like something again! Media Rights Capital has signed writer/director Neill Blomkamp for a new sci-fi film on which he'll have the creative freedom to make something hopefully awesome. From Variety:
“MRC is letting me make the film I want to make and that is by far the most important thing here,” Blomkamp said. “The film will hopefully be commercial, but it is very much a singular film, that comes directly from me. `District 9’ was a bit different. I was learning the process then, under Peter Jackson’s wing. He had control, but was awesome enough to let me make the film I wanted to. Bill’s producing this with MRC, so the difference is Pete’s involvement."
Blomkamp said he’s not intimidated, being given so much creative freedom in his sophomore outing—with no Jackson this time around.
“I’m not particularly interested in massive budget films, or creating huge spectacles that some young directors might be attracted to,” he said. “Hopefully, this will be a bit unique, very much a reflection of me. It is absolutely another science fiction film, quite different from `District 9,’ but some of the blending of genres and the tone might be within the same realm.”
Without Peter Jackson's guiding hand placed delicately at the small of Blomkamp's back, will the young director fall apart? Or will he finally be able to take his craft to the next level? And what is the next level, exactly? I'm just saying it because I've heard people talk about "next level" things. Stay tuned to this blog for future answers, adventurers!