Wondering what may be in store for Wikus and Christopher in the future? Would you settle for a glimpse at their pasts instead? District 9 director Neil Blomkamp has long expressed interest in revisiting his world of alien apartheid if there was enough demand for a sequel, but in a new interview with the LA Times blog Hero Complex, the filmmaker hints at a preference to do a prequel:

"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," he admits. "I'm not so interested in aliens coming back and blowing things up but [a prequel] might be interesting."

What kind of prequel, though? I think fans, if they don't get to see an explosive, Independence Day-like revenge story, would at least want to see the outer space origin of the prawns. Yet Blomkamp specifically states that he wants to continue exploring the character Wikus (Sharlto Copley). So would this just be an expansion of the events already presented to us at the beginning of the original film? That seems pretty unnecessary, no? I'm typically averse to prequels, though. Many characters, including Darth Vader, Hannibal Lecter and Romy and Michele, have lost their edge and intrigue through prequels, and though sometimes full-length "when they were young ...." type storiesare enjoyable ( Star Trek and Young Sherlock Holmes, for example), there's not enough stand-alone wonder about the films' characters -- you've always got the elder version and later events in your mind (Star Trek at least is more of a reboot with a professed alternate timeline exemption).

What I'd like to see is a District 9 sequel that incorporates some back story, like the prequel-esque segments of The Godfather Part II and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. But as much as I also love Wikus as a character, it's a mistake to think audiences wouldn't justifiably rather see more of the aliens' background. What do we really need to know about the MNU agent that we don't get from the first film?

Where do you want the inevitable District 9 follow-up to go? Forward? Backward? In the garbage?
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