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August 18, 2009

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Joburg Is the Future

The assertion from Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9:

I actually think Johannesburg represents the future. My version of what I think the world is going to become looks like Johannesburg. Every time I’m there, it feels like I’m in the future, so I was just very, very interested in the city.

Also: woo-hoo!

Well, the film was so creatively rewarding to work on, it’s got all my favorite ingredients, that if the movie’s successful, and people want a sequel, I would happily make one. Because I would love to go back to the world of aliens in Johannesburg.

(Via faketv.)

Posted August 18, 2009 at 7:22 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted


I loved District 9 (saw it twice this weekend, in fact), and am in full support of Neill Blomkamp's inevitable rise in motion picture filmmaking, but I really hope he doesn't make a sequel. A bit of the film's punch comes from the open ending.

I have to say - from the very first trailers for the film I was really excited about the fact that it was set in Joburg. Because it really IS the future. The future is not somewhere on the island of Manhattan, but in the sprawling slums around burgeoning megacities.

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