Director Neill Blomkamp's 2009 film District 9 offers up a great blend of science fiction, action, and horror—presented with a unique premise that echoes the real-life events of apartheid South Africa. The film chronicles an alternate history in which an alien ship appears over Johannesburg, and the sickly insect-like aliens within the ship are eventually relocated to a government camp on the edge of town. Twenty-eight years later, one alien makes an attempt to escape with his son and return to their home planet. Despite being filmed on just a $30 million budget, District 9 was financially successful—earning over $210 million worldwide—and also earned critical acclaim, Oscar nominations, and a dedicated fan following.
Ever since then, Blomkamp has been promising those fans that a sequel to District 9 would be forthcoming. Blomkamp began publicly floating the idea of a sequel even before District 9 was released. In 2010, District 9 star Sharlto Copley voiced his support for a sequel and suggested that "if everything goes according to plan we'll do the second film in about two years time." Despite this promise, no sequel has ever materialized. So what happened? In 2013, Blomkamp told IGN that "I really want to make a District 9 sequel. I genuinely do," but that other projects were taking precedence in his schedule.