We pretty much figured this out last month, but it's become official now: District 9director Neill Blomkamp has signed a deal with Media Rights Capital to begin production on an untitled sci-fi film due to begin production in mid-2010. The great thing about signing with MRC instead of a major studio is that Blomkamp will have full control over the film without studio interference. He says, "MRC is letting me make the film I want to make and that is by far the most important thing here. 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."

The plot of the film is being kept under wraps for now, and all we know is that it takes place on a distant planet. No word on whether he'll be working with a budget greater than the $30 million he received for District 9, though all signs point to folks throwing this guy a little more money considering what he achieved with his debut. Blomkamp adds, "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."

MRC hasn't had the greatest track-record this past year, churning out underwhelming films like Bruno, The Invention of Lying, Robert Rodriguez's Shorts and Richard Kelly's The Box, which isn't receiving the greatest advanced buzz. Will Blomkamp knock it out of the ballpark without Peter Jackson's involvement? Should be interesting to see how talented this dude really is ...
categories Movies, Sci-Fi