‘District 9’ an adapted screenplay after all

Posted by · 6:56 pm · November 24th, 2009

When I surveyed the rather weak field of original screenplay contenders two weeks ago, one of the contenders I mentioned was Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell’s “District 9,” my assumption being that the vast departures from the original short film “Alive in Joburg” would be enough to warrant such a classification.

I guess I was wrong.

Screeners of the film have hit the doorsteps of awards voters this week and one of the categories listed is — yep, Best Adapted Screenplay.  Which means not only is the original field even thinner, but the adapted field just got a little tighter.  Some have scoffed at the idea of “Star Trek” being a player here, but what about “District 9,” one of the biggest surprise hits of the year?




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  • 1 11-24-2009 at 7:16 pm

    david said...

    I think this really hurts the chance of District 9 competing in a writing category.

  • 2 11-24-2009 at 7:32 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    Dammit! But it is certainly a more likely nominee than Star Trek. Writers will probably hold Transformers 2 against Orci and Kurtzmann when considering Star Trek.

  • 3 11-24-2009 at 7:32 pm

    Morgan said...

    Wonder what the screenplay even reads like, since so much of the dialogue was improvised…

  • 4 11-24-2009 at 7:33 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    Improvisation doesn’t necessarily hurt it, as Mike Leigh has Screenplay nods.

  • 5 11-24-2009 at 7:52 pm

    j said...

    Well this helps Bright Star’s chances. She is a previous winner in this category.

  • 6 11-24-2009 at 9:32 pm

    Maxim said...

    As if there ever was any doubt this would be in the ‘Adapted’ category. I mean that seriously. If it’s got any connection at all to a previous work the Academy will always force it to this category, no matter how strong or weak this connection really is.

  • 7 11-24-2009 at 9:58 pm

    A.J said...

    Like sequels.

  • 8 11-24-2009 at 10:26 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Maxim: Don’t be a smart ass. There was plenty of room for doubt. Your confidence begs the question: Syriana?

    Right, thought so.

  • 9 11-24-2009 at 10:39 pm

    david said...

    Kris…did you finally have a enough of Guy and send him packing??

    I haven’t seen any articles by him in the last little while on the site…

  • 10 11-25-2009 at 1:17 am

    Ali E. said...

    wrong decision… District 9 could very well end up nominated in the original screenplay category (I was predicting it), but will have almost no chance in adapted (it’s too crowded).

  • 11 11-25-2009 at 1:23 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    David: Ha, Kris will never get rid of me that easily! I’m doing a bit of work in Paris, so haven’t been able to check in here for a few days. Normal business resumes tomorrow.

    Maxim: Let me add “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” to Kris’s statement.

    Anyway, I think this is the right classification.

  • 12 11-25-2009 at 4:30 am

    aspect ratio said...

    I wasn’t predicting it to make the cut for Original Screenplay so I’m not going to predict it’ll make the cut for Adapted either. It’s a really terrific screenplay though, it certainly felt like one of the most unique films in a good long while, a genre alien film slash political allegory. I’d certainly be happy to see it nominated but I have a hard time thinking it can happen, even less so now.

  • 13 11-25-2009 at 5:51 am

    The Other James D. said...

    If “The Lovely Bones” -is- this year’s “Revolutionary Road”, then I can see it getting the fifth slot after “Air” (predicted winner), “Precious”, “Education”, & “Single”.

  • 14 11-25-2009 at 7:39 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    SHAAARK- Writers will probably hold Star Trek against Orci and Kurtzmann when considering Star Trek.

  • 15 11-25-2009 at 10:57 am

    tony rock said...

    You’re not funny at all, Chad. If 95% of most intelligent filmgoers consider Trek to be a good movie, the Academy is likely to agree. But just because it’s good, doesnt mean they’ll nominate it.