Sharlto Copley, District 9

Like lots of you, I saw District 9 this weekend, and while I was not quite as gung-ho about it as everyone else seemed to be, there’s no way around the fact that D9 is destined for a sequel, ASAP. The rest of this post contains spoilers, so if you don’t know your prawns from your pieholes, perhaps save this to read at a later date.

So: Part Two. I mean, duh, right? Director Neill Blomkamp told us he’d be up for it, saying “I would do anything to go back to the world of District 9 again. Or District 10.” Well, as long as you mentioned it, Neill…

D9 sets up its sequel perfectly: Christopher (which seems like his slave name; I wish I knew what he called himself) says he’ll be back in three Earth years, so, ta-da! I’m hoping Wikus would then have to decide if he even wants to change back into his human body — maybe at that point humanity will seem so depraved and cruel he won’t want to reenter the species. (And perhaps Tania will want to go Shrek-style and transform into an alien body as well, thus reuniting the pair. I’m just spitballing here.)

I’m also curious how D9 (or 10) feels from an alien perspective because so much of the movie focused on how it looked to outsiders: violent, chaotic, and brutal. But we know there’s platonic and parental love, that there’s individuation and expressions of identity (see: Christopher’s red vest), and some pretty sophisticated science. What’s the atmosphere like on the inside? Is there a social justice movement afoot? Native alien culture? Despite the rampant xenophobia, is there an assimilation faction? Yeah, the alien weapons are cool and everything, and presumably the MNU-led arms race would continue in D10, but that’s by far the least interesting part of the story to me. I’m assuming this traces back to a BSG obsession, but maybe I’m just a lover and not a fighter.

What would you want to see in a sequel to District 9, PopWatchers?