District 9 director still interested in Halo movie

Neill Blomkamp says even after movie famously fell apart years ago, he would be interested in returning if given creative control.

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District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is still interested in bringing Halo to the big screen. During a media event for his new film Elysium, Blomkamp explained to IGN that he remains enthralled by the world Bungie created, but would sign on to the film only if he were given creative control.

"I still really love the world and the universe and the mythology of Halo. If I was given control, I would really like to do that film," Blomkamp said.

"But that's the problem. When something pre-exists, there's this idea of my own interpretation versus 150 other people involved with the film's interpretation of the same intellectual property," he added. "Then the entire filmgoing audience has their interpretation. You can really live up to or fail in their eyes. That part isn't appealing to me, but the original pieces are appealing."

Last month, Halo franchise director Frank O'Connor explained that if a Halo movie were to happen, Microsoft would not settle when it came to choosing a director or production company. He said learning to work with the right people was the most important lesson Microsoft learned from producing the Internet series Forward Unto Dawn.

The Halo movie famously fell through. Blomkamp and Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson were at one time attached to the film, but the project was indefinitely postponed in 2006. Instead, Jackson and Blomkamp went on to make the Oscar-nominated sci-fi action movie District 9.

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ShadowsDemon
ShadowsDemon

District 9 was one of the best movies of all time. (Craps all over Avatar). Neill should get the chance for Halo. He'll make it an incredible film.

jark888
jark888

Give him, Neill Blomkamp, a chance to try District 9 is awesome.

91210user
91210user

You mean District 9 was a practice run?

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

This doesn't really say much because a few years ago he stated that even if he were offered another chance, he probably wouldn't attempt the Halo movie again.

http://www.slashfilm.com/confirmed-director-neill-blomkamp-would-probably-not-do-a-halo-film-even-if-offered-one/

I personally would like him to do a Halo movie just because I feel his approach and style would make for a unique and interesting Halo movie. Perhaps, however, a movie isn't what's best for the Halo franchise. Perhaps it would be better if it stuck with the episodic Webisodes or even a high-budget TV series. You simply cannot portray all of the content and details that the Halo universe possesses in a single movie or even a trilogy. Between the games, the books, and all of the other mediums that offer canon content,there's simply no way to focus a Halo movie in a way that would do it justice.


The best approach I can think of is to do it documentary-style, similar to World War Z (the book, not that horrendous debacle of a movie) and the Halo 3 Believe trailers. This is why I believe Blomkamp would be best suited for this approach as District 9 followed a very similar structuring to the above mentioned as well.

dzaric
dzaric

God i hope he makes this movie. I love his style!

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

I loved District 9. Halo's pretty fun too so maybe they could make a good movie, but right now I think everyones looking more forward towards Destiny. Halo might become a thing of the past.

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

NO! PLEASE NO! I was so relieved he didn't make Halo after I watched District 9. 

Tell that guy to go make another crappy movie somewhere else....

CaptainGamespot
CaptainGamespot

M$ was asking too much royalties and being greedy killed the deal.

hairyman13
hairyman13

f**k it, just give it to paul w s anderson of the res evil series, it will be crap but adleast you will end up getting 17 halo films :)

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

He's pretty much already making a Halo movie called Elysium. Armor looks like Halo, there is a giant Halo that people live on, and even the space ships look straight out of Halo.

http://youtu.be/oIBtePb-dGY

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

I wish the director that made Chronicle would make a proper, faithful and serious Dragon Ball movie...

As for this director, where's that Elysium trailer?

Aengelus
Aengelus

The window for making a Halo movie has closed. The game is not as popular as it once was, I would say the best time to have made the movie was after Halo 3, that's when it's popularity was at its highest. 

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

the stories in Halo Legends already massively screwed with the Halo canon and took it in all sorts of different directions. don't really see what the problem is.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

Creative control. The suits shudder at those very words.

alastor529
alastor529

I remember I was soo p*ssed that Pete had stopped working on halo to make some movie about walking cockroaches at the time, but after the viral capaig that had launched for the movie I had hopes fot D-9. And my hopes were fat exceeded.
District 9 was sooo awesome that it completely made me forget a Halo movie was in the works I was sooo engaged, And it came out not to far after the blockbuster hit 'Avatar'   D-9 had WAYY less of a budget and made avatar look like a high budget disney movie.
D-9 is awesome and Neil blomkap is the real deal guys.  I look forward to his and peter's next project, Im fully behind him directing halo. I would pay BIG MONEY to see that.

GalvatronType_R
GalvatronType_R

Sign him up now with a big apology and a blank check.  Blomkamp is the real deal and the studios and MS made a huge mistake dropping him.

SergioMX
SergioMX

A sequel to District 9 would be so much better. 

penpusher
penpusher

I have to admit I'm not keen on a Halo movie, in my experience game to movie adaptations tend to be massive fails!

Now a series such as Forward unto Dawn, now that I would watch and even buy. It was superbly written, well acted and had just about the right amount of Sci-fi cheesiness to be entertaining :D.


In short what I'm trying to say is, GIVE US A SERIES!

erix43
erix43

Neil is the man for this job. Halo unto dawn crap was utter crap. Let a real director do his job. Micro$oft, f*ck you for making garbage of this movie. You are preventing the fans from getting what they want. You think that halo BS you put out recently, with a shit budget was even worth my time? No, it was shit. I haven't even finished watching it... Just an excuse to stay under "microsoft budget" and get us crap. We want Gold, let it go Micro$oft.. Just let it go... Halo's dying anyways. 

1234ritchie
1234ritchie

If Halo could work as a film, Blomkamp is the guy! But the problem is exactly what he said: that his interpreation of the world could upset some fans.

Personally I hope he does do it as I don't think the Halo universe would be worse off with his interpretation of the world.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

@Hellhound30x You're the first person I've ever heard call District 9 a crappy movie.  That is your opinion, of course, and opinions can't be wrong technically... but since I can't slap you across the interwebs, It will just have to suffice to tell you that you are so very very WRONG.

dussan2
dussan2

@CaptainGamespot wasnt' money that killed it.  Believe it or not Hollywood studios have standardized this type of thing.  Any games or merchnadise based off of the movie is shared with the studios, but MS will still get a good chunk of it, but once the rights are sold that deal is over.  Which MS did apparently.

It was the creative control of the film.  Microsoft had their noses in it from day one.  Normally you sell the movie rights, and then movestudio handles the rest.  MS had control of the content.  All ideas pointed at NOT having Master Chief as the focus of the movie or him outside of his armor.  MS said no.

No way you can make a decent movie with some faceless guy in a CG armor.  It will suck balls.

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

@GalvatronType_R It wasn't Micrososft's fault. They trusted him completely but Fox and Universal backed out because they didn't wanna trust $200+ million to an unknown.

eddienoteddy
eddienoteddy moderator

@SergioMX Especially with the way District 9 ended. Set up very nicely for a sequel. I hope it happens some day. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@BoromiRwcgeorge It seems like dystopic sci-fi movies on a future inhospitable Earth is the new black, with Elysium, Oblivion and After Earth. Not that I'm complaining, I love sci-fi movies, it's just a bit odd that this is a trend and that they're all releasing now.

u1tradt
u1tradt

@penpusher Forward Unto Dawn is pretty much a feature length film broken down into multiple segments.

If anything FUD proved that Halo transfers over to the big screen very well. For me it was proven from the first Halo since the cut scenes are done very well in Halo games from a cinematic point of view, but after FUD there can be no doubt that a Halo movie can be outstanding with the right people behind it.

penpusher
penpusher

@erix43 Yes, Halo is dying despite being one of the biggest sellers on the console and showing no signs of slowing down in the slightest.

Seriously?

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@dussan2 @CaptainGamespot I disagree. I feel it can be done, but it has to be done right.

People really need to take a chance. Like, I want to see a Predator movie where the PREDATOR is the main character and not some snotty, unlikable human characters.

I want to see the Master chief, in armor, do his thing.

alastor529
alastor529

@eddienoteddy @SergioMX In a way I liked the ending as is and I don't think another should bee made because of the way it leaves you off guessing what might happen. Just a really  great movie that scfi directors need to take notes on these days.

erix43
erix43

@penpusher @erix43 

Yes it is. A good game to movie entry could not only kill the stigma attached to Movies/Video games, but also put higher standards in place for future directors to adhere to with video game/movie productions. In addition, Halo is losing its edge. I've been a player for years, it's true. A Neil Blomkamp film would add more edge to the franchise and even bring older (and new)  fans back to the series. Where it gets tricky is where Neil states that he doesn't want to compromise "creative vision." With his movie outdoing whatever 343/Bungie puts out, the future of the game's creativity could be harmed (?). I think that's where Micro$oft is worried, but contradicting. Contradicting because of the crap they recently put out, "Halo: Forward Unto Dawn." Booooooo. WE WANT NEIL...PERIOD.  Thanks for your sarcasm. 

H4num4n
H4num4n

@penpusher @erix43  

Just look how many players are online in Halo 4 every day and comnpare that to even Reach in its prime. A LOT of people don't like Halo 4 and 343 has to work black magic to gain our trust back with halo 5.

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

@dussan2 @AncientDozer @CaptainGamespot If anyone has read the books you would see there is more to John than just his armor. The whole Spartan process, and everything he had to endure just to become a Spartan.

I agree, I would definitely want to see the human side of him before he becomes the bad ass we know from the games.

That being said, there is so much awesome in the covenant trying to eradicate human kind. The prophets,  The elites? There is so much good stuff, just to focus on one guy... yes he would be the string that holds everything together, but there is so much more going on... what about the other Spartans? 


dussan2
dussan2

@AncientDozer @dussan2 @CaptainGamespot 

A two hour movie about a character that cannot speak english, where only their actions are interpreted?  You need something relatable for the audience to grasp.

Forward unto Dawn, that stupid webseries.  Main character was some kid.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@alastor529 that's questionable. After Earth is directed my M. Night Shyamalan. not exactly known for "good" movies, recently

The_Beanster
The_Beanster

@u1tradt @H4num4n Reach had less people than 3, 4 has less people than Reach

Where exactly do you think this series is going, again?

H4num4n
H4num4n

@u1tradt @H4num4n  

They have improved in graphics and cinematic storytgelling - that's it.

Leveldesign, fx, enemy A.I., music, story - much more important things took a step back. 

I'm mainly a campaign player and Halo 4s campaign was really dissapointing.

u1tradt
u1tradt

@H4num4n While Halo 4's population doesn't beat Reach's in its prime it still has a pretty large population in general. In Halo 4 the population are spread out between playlists a lot more whereas in Reach most of the population was either playing Team Slayer or Firefight.

Also you have to appreciate the job 343 have done with Halo. They've improved on what was there while adding their own touch to it. They've done the series justice for sure. It's in the right hands in my opinion.