He made a huge science-fiction splash with “District 9” and has Hollywood buzzing again with his next project, “Elysium.”
But would popular film director Neill Blomkamp take on one of the biggest science-fiction franchises of all time? Like, say, “Star Trek 3”?
“I probably wouldn’t do that,” Blomkamp said recently, according to Film Is My Oxygen. “I don’t know if me getting involved with a franchise is the best thing for me. When studios smell franchises, they smell money. And they’ll try to do what they can to the franchise to make it make the most money it can make, and a lot of those interesting ideas kind of fall by the side of road.”
And it’s not that Blomkamp isn’t a Trekkie. He freely admits that he was a “big time” fan of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and continues to like the franchise “without the politics of making it.” But in order for him to step in, he would want to have far more freedom than Paramount Pictures would likely give him with one of its biggest products.
“Do I think that you could make it in the way that I would want to make it? Probably not,” Blomkamp said. “Which makes me not want to make it.”
Blomkamp, who typically doubles as both a writer and a director, is putting the finishing touches on “Elysium,” which stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and his “District 9” star, Sharlto Copley. “District 9,” which was made with just $30 million, grossed more than $115.6 million in North America alone.
He is currently in pre-production for the science-fiction comedy “Chappie” that he co-wrote with Terri Tatchell, his co-writing partner for “District 9.” That film would also star Copley along with Eugene Khumbanyiwa, who played Obesandjo in “District 9.”