District 9 writer/director Neill Blomkamp’s next film, an untitled science fiction project, has been picked up by Media Rights Captial and will begin production by mid-2010. Bill Block will produce. MRC committed to the project on the basis of a pitch by Blomkamp. Blomkamp will immediately begin work on the the writing and preparing of the special effects.
“MRC is letting me make the film I want to make and that is by far the most important thing here,” Blomkamp said. “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. Bill’s producing this with MRC, so the difference is Pete’s involvement.
District 9 was a big success for TriStar, grossing $184.5 million on a modest $30 million budget.