Nine Things You Didn’t Know About District 9

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that District 9 hit the big screen here in the U.S. It is by far one of the most original movies to come out in a very long time, with a unique plot, great action and lots of gore.


What’s just as interesting is the history of the film’s early beginnings; here’s a few tidbits you may have missed.

9. On it’s opening weekend, the movie topped the box office by taking in a respectable $37 million. Not too bad, but considering that it only cost $30 million to make, it makes it all the more sweeter. I guess originality can pay off.

8. District 9 is director Neill Blomkamp’s first full length movie. Prior to directing Blomkamp made a career in animation working on shows like Stargate SG-1, Dark Angel, and Smallville. He was also lead animator for the 3D animator in the Kevin Costner/Kurt Russell as Elvis impersonators robbing a casino flick 3000 Miles to Graceland. He even directed commercials.


7. Blomkamp has directed three short films based on the game Halo. He was even on board to direct a full length version of a Halo film, but it never happened after funding fell through.


6. District 9 is based on Blomkamp’s 2005 short film Alive in Joburg.


5. After Halo fell through, it’s producer Peter Jackson (the man behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy in cse you forgot) felt obligated to Blomkamp and pushed for an adaptation of Alive in Joburg.


4. The film used the real life events of Cape Town’s District 6 for inspiration. District 6 was an inner city residential area that forced over 60,000 residents to leave in the 1970’s due to apartheid.


3. The film’s main star Sharlto Copley, who plays Wikus van de Merwe, produced Alive in Joburg. He also had a role has a cop.


2. Copley actually improvised much of his dialogue in District 9.

1. The visual effects for the aliens were created by Image Engine, a Vancouver based company that has worked on the TV series Stargate SG-1 and movies ranging from The Incredible Hulk, X-Men 2, Night at the Museum and I, Robot.

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