At one time, director Neill Blomkamp was just the guy who was going to helm the now-on-ice Halo Hollywood flick. That movie never happened. Sci-fi hit District 9 did, and Blompkamp’s career took off.
In the short time since District 9 has hit theatres (and taken off), Blomkamp has shown street smarts about the Hollywood game — he’s reluctant to plunge into another “District” movie so not to pigeonhole himself as the District 9 guy. And when the Los Angeles Times asked the filmmaker about the chances of typical Hollywood movie trappings like a video game spin-off, Blomkamp, a gamer himself, replied, “The idea of District 9 as a video game stresses me out a little bit because games based on movies rarely work. And movies based on games don’t work — I don’t know what’s up with that.”
This coming from the one pegged to bring Halo to the silver screen! Though, here when he says movies based on video games do not work, he is not talking about himself or the Halo film he intended to make, but the video game films Hollywood has made. (Here is Blomkamp’s cinematic take on the Halo universe.)
Blomkamp does admit that a District 9 video game would be “fascinating” as the movie’s environments would make intriguing virtual environments and the game’s weapons are “cool”. The director says in some parts of the movie, he filmed the game in a manner that isn’t so different from a video game.
“So a game would be interesting to me,” he adds. “There’s nothing happening with it though.”
Blomkamp goes on to say he isn’t interested in doing a District 9 TV show — but the door sounds open on another District film sometime in the future. “I know what I’m doing next so it wouldn’t be right away.”