It seems audiences and critics agree as District 9 is currently racking up impressive reviews and revenues. This is without a doubt sweet redemption for Blomkamp, who was mercilessly put through the wringer the instant he was signed on for Halo.
Everyone’s initial reaction – from fans to studio heads – was Neill who?
Blomkamp was a complete unknown who directed commercials and worked as a 3D animator on various Vancouver-based TV shows like Stargate SG-1, Dark Angel and Smallville (though born in South Africa
, Blomkamp moved to Vancouver with his family when he was 18). But it was his visionary work in short films, especially his now famous Alive in Joburg (which District 9 is based on) that caught producer Peter Jackson’s attention and ultimately got him the Halo gig