Vor über 20 Jahren nahmen Außerirdische das erste Mal Kontakt mit der Erde auf. Die Menschen rechneten daraufhin mit einem feindlichen Angriff oder einem gigantischen technologischen Fortschritt. Doch nichts davon trat ein. Stattdessen waren die Kreaturen Flüchtlinge ihres Heimatplaneten. Während die Nationen der Welt darüber diskutierten, was mit ihnen geschehen soll, wurden sie in einem Notauffanglager interniert - im DISTRICT 9.
Jetzt, nach Jahren ergebnisloser Verhandlungen, sind alle Nationen mit ihrer Geduld am Ende. Die Kontrolle über die nicht-menschliche Spezies wird einem privaten Unternehmen übertragen, der Multi-National United (MNU). Der Konzern ist jedoch nicht am Wohl der ungeliebten Besucher interessiert, sondern verfolgt nur ein Ziel: Mit den mächtigen Waffen der Aliens großen Profit zu machen. Doch bislang sind alle Versuche, diese Waffen zu aktivieren, fehlgeschlagen - denn dazu braucht man Alien-DNA.
Die wachsenden Spannungen zwischen den Außerirdischen und den Menschen erreichen ihren Höhepunkt, als die MNU damit beginnt, alle nicht-menschlichen Wesen vom District 9 in ein neues Camp zu verlegen. Bei dieser Evakuierung infiziert sich der MNU-Agent Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) mit einem mysteriösen Virus, das seine DNA verändert. Plötzlich wird Wikus zum meistgesuchten und gleichzeitig verletzlichsten Mann der Erde - denn er ist der Schlüssel, um das Geheimnis der Alien-Technologie zu lüften. Geächtet und ohne Freunde, gibt es für ihn nur einen Ort, um sich zu verstecken: DISTRICT 9.
MarketSaw meldete kürzlich... [...] DISTRICT 10 (Production title at least) is now in pre-production with filming to start in the October time frame this year. Shooting locations will be South Africa once again as well as New Zealand. There has been no word on whether it will be shot in S3D or not as of yet. You will be the first to know! Peter Jackson is again producing the sequel with Neill Blomkamp directing. [...]
Die Website io9.com sprach mit dem Drehbuchautor Terri Tatchell über die "Oscar-Überraschung", eine mögliche Fortsetzung und das Gewinnspiel... [...] Are you ever going to write with Neill again? Maybe on a D9 sequel?
I'm sure we will. If, if District 9 were to have a sequel, we'd work on that together. But who knows. In the meantime we enjoy being each others' helpers. When is the District 9 video game coming out?
Nobody jumped on that. It was talked about initially and it never happened, I don't think they are going to do it. And the figurines, WETA is doing a Christopher Johnson, little CJ and the exo-suit collectibles. It seems like there was so much stuff that could have been done, but I don't think anybody thought it was going to be such a success, that it was. I guess it didn't get going early enough. [...]
Neill Blomkamp's "District 9" wurde überraschenderweise für 4 Oscars nominiert !!!
Bei HeyUGys.co.uk gibt es eine Kritik zur Blu-ray...
Level 5 Alert !!! Heute startet "District 9" in den deutschen Kinos... Anschauen !!! Und die Pressestelle meldet... [...] gestern Abend gab das Fantasy Filmfest DISTRICT 9 als Gewinner des "Fresh Blood Awards" (Regie-Nachwuchspreis) bekannt. Der Publikumspreis wird dem Film verliehen, der die meisten positiven Stimmen erhält. Hier konnte sich DISTRICT 9 gegenüber seinen 11 Konkurrenten mit großem Abstand behaupten. Der von Peter Jackson produzierte Film bestimmte den Wettbewerb mit einem herausragenden Ergebnis in allen 7 Filmfest-Städten für sich. Im Gesamtdurchschnitt wurde Neill Blomkamps Sci-Fi-Thriller von den Filmfest-Besuchern mit der Note 1,49 bewertet. [...]
CS! berichtet über die US-Einspielergebnisse... [...] The Neill Blomkamp-directed sci-fi thriller District 9 (Sony) brought in another $10.7 million in fourth place, bringing its total to $90.8 million after three weekends. [...]
CS! berichtet über die Einspielergebnisse... [...] The Neill Blomkamp-directed District 9 dropped 49.4% in its second weekend and to second place with another $18.9 million. Produced by Peter Jackson, the TriStar Pictures release has reached $73.5 million. It was produced for just $30 million. [...]
Fangoria sprach mit Neill Blomkamp über eine mögliche Fortsetzung... [...] With the film having taken in an impressive estimated $37 million at the box office this past weekend, a follow-up may not be out of the question.
"I’d love to make a sequel, because it’s so creatively rewarding to me; there’s just something about [the story]," the South African-born Blomkamp told Fango of his debut feature, in which aliens have been living alongside humans for the past 28 years in Johannesburg - albeit confined to a shantytown slum. "It’s my background mixed with the science fiction that I loved. I’d really like to go back to the world of DISTRICT 9 - which, without Sharlto’s character, would be a very different kind of movie. So I think automatically the two of us will be reunited again, should the public decide that this film is something they want to see and it’s successful." [...]
Variety.com berichtet über die US-Einspielergebnisse... [...] Fueled by older males, Sony/TriStar's sci-fi thriller "District 9" opened to a boffo $37 million from 3,049 theaters to win the weekend crown at the domestic B.O.
Movie was a sizable victory for Sony's Worldwide Acquisitions Group, Sony's marketing team, frosh filmmaker Neill Blomkamp and producer Peter Jackson. "District's" opening is one more example of a pic generating strong biz this summer without big stars. [...]
Sony opened "District 9" in seven territories to strong results. Film grossed $7 million from 750 playdates in nine territories, led by Russia at $4.5 million. Ticket sales in Russia paced ahead of those for sci-fi pics "War of the Worlds" and "I Am Legend."
In the U.S., "District 9" performed at the top of its class, opening bigger than such sci-fi titles as "Minority Report," which had mega talent wattage in Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise, and last summer's "The Happening," starring Mark Wahlberg and helmed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Like "Slumdog Millionaire," "District 9" has the makings of a rags-to-riches story. Film marks the directing debut of Blomkamp, the South African filmmaker initially slated to direct "Halo" for Peter Jackson.
"District 9" didn't have a home until Sony's worldwide group, led by Peter Schlessel, picked up domestic and some international distribution rights from Bill Block's sales company QED Intl. (Sony is handling English-language territories only overseas.)
Sci-fi can be a difficult genre, but "District 9" hit the sweet spot. South Africa-set actioner references apartheid, only this time it's aliens facing discrimination. Sony/TriStar waged an impressive viral marketing campaign that included such tactics as plastering bus stops with signs saying non-humans aren't welcome. Pickup cost is estimated at $30 million.
"It's a very cool start for a very cool movie," said Sony prexy of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer. "A lot of risk was taken, because it was a total unknown."
Film skewed heavily male, or 64%. A full 57% were over the age of 25. [...]
Bei Rotten Tomatoes liegt der Durchschnitt der Kritiken aktuell bei 88% !!! Und Variety sprach mit Neill Blomkamp...
Bei CS! gibt es ein Video-Interview mit dem Hauptdarsteller Sharlto Copley... Bei
FSR (Grade: A),
RopeofSilicon.com (Grade: B)
und B-D (9/10) gibt es Kritiken...
Die LATimes sprach mit dem Hauptdarsteller Sharlto Copley... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Harry Knowles... [...] Be prepared to feel a gamut of emotions - but know that the most prescient feeling you'll have coming out of DISTRICT 9 is that you are THRILLED. THRILLED to see something you could not have anticipated. Something new and wonderful and truly amazing.
And when you see it again - and you will see it again, you'll hear things you didn't catch the first time, you'll see details you missed. And upon third viewing, you see even more. This is THE FILM of 2009 so far - and it will take something I can't anticipate to knock it off that pedestal. [...]
Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Neill Blomkamp...
IESB sprach mit Neill Blomkamp, Peter Jackson & Co... Q: [...] Could there be a sequel to District 9?
Peter: District 10, or District 9 ½. Neill: District 8. Sharlto: Can we set it in Santa Monica, on the beach, this time? Neill: I don't know. I would love to do a sequel for District 9. I hope that it works as a film because that's going to be the basis for any decisions like that. But, the creative environment and the multi-faceted universe of District 9, and that alternate reality, is something I would totally love to go back to, no question. [...]
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Massawyrm... Vorsicht SPOILER !!! [...] DISTRICT 9 is a landmark film that will heretofore be spoken of alongside such films as ALIENS, THE THING and 2001. What you have seen thus far has not entirely prepared you for it, as it has been a bit deceptive - both in its favor and against. You see, this is not another Mockumentary. This isn’t Cloverfield. It opens that way, sure, with the first 15 minutes or so being told in that format. But as the story progresses, we begin having moments that clearly aren’t "filmed" - moments that are really happening within the framework of a story. Slowly, the film transitions from documentary style into a full blown science fiction film, abandoning the interviews and explanatory exposition for gunfights, chases and things the documentary never would have been allowed to show you. [...]
Unter District9Game.com gibt es ein Spiel zum Film... Und CS! meldet... [...] We've also learned that a new trailer for the film, about 2 minutes and 21 seconds long, will debut next week in theaters with Bruno on July 10th. The trailer may be online before next Friday. [...]
Wie NYTimes.com meldet, wird Peter Jackson bei der Comic-Con vorbeischauen, um "District 9" zu pushen... [...] Come July 24, the director, a three-time Oscar winner, will face the mob in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center in support of "District 9," an alien-internment thriller set for release by Sony on Aug. 14. Mr. Jackson produced the film, which was directed by his friend Neill Blomkamp, who will also attend.
"I’m thrilled that I finally have the opportunity," Mr. Jackson said in an e-mail message. "Neill is a tremendously talented young director, and he’s made an extraordinary film, so it was important to me to come to San Diego to spread the word." He added that attendees will be in for "quite a ride," but did not elaborate. [...]
Sony is betting that Mr. Jackson’s appearance, and the blog coverage it will probably generate, will provide a huge boost to "District 9." Last week the studio introduced an unusual outdoor advertising campaign for the film, papering bus-stop benches and billboards with messages encouraging people to report nonhumans. The studio has already logged nearly 12,000 calls, according to a spokesman.
Variety.com meldet... Sony Pictures will release Peter Jackson's upcoming sci-fi production, "District 9," which will be directed by Neill Blomkamp.
The studio has bought rights in North America, all other English-language territories, Korea, Italy, Russia and Portugal from financier and sales agent QED Intl.
While their plan to team on a bigscreen adaptation of the vidgame "Halo" is on hold, Jackson and Blomkamp are going forward this spring on the live-action sci-fier that will mark Blomkamp's feature directing debut.
Jackson will produce through his Wingnut Films production banner. Blomkamp wrote the script with partner Terri Tatchell.
QED Intl. has committed to fully finance the film through its credit facility with Comerica Bank and Aramid Entertainment Fund, and is handling worldwide sales. Production begins this spring in South Africa, and Jackson's WETA Workshop will provide visual effects.
Deal, likely the largest at this year's American Film Market, was signed by Sony's Peter Schlessel and QED's CEO Bill Block. [...]
AICN meldete kürzlich... [...] There was talk of Blomkamp doing a live action version of his original short ALIVE IN JOBURG, so I can't help but wonder if DISTRICT 9 folds the events/setting of ALIVE IN JOBURG into a bigger story. Blomkamp will shoot in South Africa, just as he did JOBURG, so maybe so? [...]
Variety.com meldet... While their plan to team on "Halo" remains on hold, Peter Jackson and director Neill Blomkamp are going forward this spring on "District 9," a live-action sci-fier that will mark Blomkamp's feature directing debut.
Jackson will produce through his WingNut Films production banner. Blomkamp wrote the script with partner Terri Tatchell.
QED Intl. has committed to fully finance the film through its credit facility with Comerica Bank and Aramid Entertainment Fund, and it will handle worldwide sales. QED Intl. production begins this spring in South Africa, and Jackson's WETA Workshop facility is standing by to provide the visual effects.
CEO Bill Block said that some of the plot particulars will be unveiled for distributors today at AFM.
"We jumped at the opportunity to greenlight this movie with our facility, and we hope to engage selected distributors to be our partners on this," said Block.
Ken Kamins of Key Creatives will exec produce with Block.
Aside from offshore distributors, the surprise project will likely draw interest from studios looking to fill out release schedules with event films beyond the homegrown projects they readied before an expected writers strike.
Neither Block nor Kamins would comment on the budget, but Jackson's sci-fi projects are generally ambitious.
The project grew out of a kinship that developed between Jackson and Blomkamp in New Zealand as they prepped a movie adaptation of the Microsoft game "Halo." Even though that process halted when co-financiers Universal and Fox balked at going forward (Daily Variety, Oct. 20, 2006), Blomkamp never left. Rather, he and Jackson continued to bat around ideas until they agreed on "District 9.
"For the last year, my team and I have had the pleasure of working very closely with Neill," Jackson said. "He has a passion and a command of the language of cinema that will result in 'District 9' fascinating people all over the world."
Blomkamp is best known for directing commercials and short films, and Microsoft recently engaged him to shoot three commercials for the product launch of "Halo 3." Though he grew up in Vancouver, Blomkamp was born in South Africa and will be returning to his homeland to shoot "District 9."
Jackson is now in Pennsylvania, where he just began production on an adaptation of "The Lovely Bones," but Kamins said Jackson will be very active as a producer on Blomkamp's film.
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