The just announced sci-fi film District 9, which is being produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Neill Blomkamp, has been picked up for North American distribution by Sony Pictures. According to Variety, the film will go into production this spring.

Jackson went on the record as saying, "For the last year, my team and I have had the pleasure of working very closely with Neill. He has a passion and a command of the language of cinema that will result in District 9 fascinating people all over the world."

The film will be shot in South Africa sometime early next year, before the proposed strike happens.