Sean Smith
July 27, 2013 AT 01:00 PM EDT

Ever since Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 earned $211 million worldwide and scored an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, fans have been clamoring for a sequel. There have been some promising signs, including a report from Wired magazine that Blomkamp, 33, has written an 18-page treatment for District 10. But, unfortunately, it may be a long, long time before he gets around to it.

 Blomkamp begins shooting Chappie, based on his 2004 short film Tetra Vaal, in Johannesburg in September, followed by a micro-budget ribald comedy, Mild Oats. Plus, he’s frankly not in the head space for sequels and franchises just yet. “I’m not actively trying to avoid them,” he tells EW exclusively. “The problem is that I have so many ideas for films that I feel like I’m not going to have enough time to do them all before I die. If I don’t get a chance to at least try making some of those first, I’ll feel like I’ve let myself down.”

Still, there’s hope. If Blomkamp does decide to sequel-ize any of his films, District 9 is at the top of his list. “The world of District 9 has so many hilarious, bizarre, interesting, thematically linked things, and there are multiple stories to tell in that world that are all legitimate.” To do it, he’s just going to have to run out of other ideas, first. “The equation becomes: am I not excited enough about other ideas that I’m willing to return to District 9. And at the moment, I have other things that I’m really into.”


For more on Blomkamp, and his new movie Elysium, pick up a copy of this week’s Entertainment Weekly, on sale now.

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