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Sharlto Copley On The District 9 Sequel
'Neil's interested in prequels as well'

28 April 2010  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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We spoke to Sharlto Copley exclusively recently for our A-Team feature in the new issue of Empire, and when we asked him about his upcoming plans he spilled a few small but magic beans about the planned District 9 follow-up; specifically about the determination that he and director Neil Blomkamp have to ensure that it's not a typical sequel - and the possibility that it could be a prequel.

"Neil wants it and I want it. Neil's doing another film first. Then I think if everything goes according to plan we'll do the second film in about two years time. That story can go in so many different ways. There¹s a whole universe. I'm sure a lot of writers say that, but we actually have an entire universe.

"This thing started shooting in 2005, and before we shot the film we shot Alive In Joburg and two other shorts as part of Neil's creative development process. Those next two films actually had my character, Wikus, in them, although I wasn't called Wikus in them. So they were two parts of the development of the world and where the story was going to go and all that.

"There's a million ways you can go. Neil's actually very interested in prequels as well; he's said that a few times. We wouldn't do the traditional Hollywood version of the sequel which would just be 100 aliens fighting humans."

For more from Copley and the full lowdown on The A-Team, pick up the new issue of Empire.

 

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L: superdan To copy what I've written in another thread: It has to be a sequel - I need to know whether Christopher Johnson comes back with a cure, an army, both or neither. sp; Agreed. Distinct 9 was obviously set up for a sequel in the event that it performed at the box office. And what a tantalising prospect that now is. There could be a full on invasion/war type scenario but at the beating heart of the whole thing is a normal guy awaiting the means to return to the woman he loves. More

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To copy what I've written in another thread: It has to be a sequel - I need to know whether Christopher Johnson comes back with a cure, an army, both or neither. More

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RE: Jayseph
L: Retroqqq Sharlto looks like Sharlto sometimes he looks different from photo to photo find me even 1 person on earth with the name Sharlto Copley sp; Done. His picture is at the top of this page. Do I win anything? More

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L: Jayseph Anyone else think Sharlto looks like a really haggard Luke Wilson in this shot? sp; Looks like the Empire staff have actioned this concern and changed the photop; It wasn’t that bad Empire!   More

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