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DISTRICT 9 trailer shows it’s definitely a remake of ALIEN NATION. Prove me wrong! sez COOP

Posted on May 6th, 2009
Posted on May 6th, 2009


Seriously,  before anyone starts claiming that Neill Blomkamp and Producer Peter Jackson have an original idea here, I want the world to know that they don’t.  As a fan of the original film “Alien Nation” (a.k.a. “Outer Heat,” “Future Tense”), I’ll find it hard to swallow if Blomkamp doesn’t cite the original material which spawned a popular sci-fi TV show AND five made for TV movies.  C’mon, Neill…  we know where you got this from. 

Despite that, I’m mildly excited about “District 9” which I originally saw as a fairly cool short film last year.  Where “Alien Nation” told the story as a cop-buddy picture, “Disctrict 9” takes the idea of impoverished aliens stranded on Earth and turns it into an allegorical mockumentary. What kind of allegory, you say? Take a look at this…

 

Get it now?

First take a look at the original trailer for “Alien Nation” which takes place in Los Angeles (a place plagued by racial tensions)…

Now look at the “District 9” trailer which takes place in South Africa (a place plagued by racial tensions)…

See? Same concept, different approach. Still looking forward to it though. With Peter Jackson producing, you know it’s going to be A+ quality.

For reference you really need to see Blomkamp’s original “District 9” short film “Alive in Joburg” (2005). It’s quite good…

-Coop

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