District 9’s Director Would Still Love To Make A Halo Film, But…

District 9’s Director Would Still Love To Make A Halo Film, But…

Hollywood director Neill Blomkamp was, back in the day, down to make a Halo movie. He even made a fantastic short, above, showing how it could be done. Sadly, it was not to be, and the South African went on to direct first the fantastic District 9, and now the fantastic-looking Elysium.

Speaking with IGN though, Blomkamp reveals that in a fantasy universe where Microsoft would actually give him free rein over the property — the main hurdle which killed first his own and then Peter Jackson’s shot at it — he’d still love to make a Halo flick.

“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,” he 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. 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.”

Shame. I often wonder whether Halo, which just isn’t the cultural force in 2013 it once was, blew its chance at the big time by failing to compromise with guys like Blomkamp.

Elysium’s Neill Blomkamp Would Still Love to Make a Halo Movie [IGN]


  • Yeah, even as a MASSIVE Halo fan, I admit that Microsoft missed the boat.

    I think l;aunching the movie with, or just BEFORE Halo 4 would have been perfect.

  • I would want to see a movie set in the universe but no about the MC, kinda like the youtube videos that went up before 4 came out.

  • We’ve already seen directors giving their interpretations of video games as movies, and they’ve been almost universally awful, retaining almost nothing that made the property interesting in the first place.

    I say good on Microsoft.

    • But most of those are in the past. Hollywood is learning to make good adaptions, just look at the recent batman and marvel movies.
      And there are directors now who have played the games and respect the universe because they’re fans.

      • Both Batman and the new good Marvel movies are the direct result of the IP owners taking a greater interest in their properties, though. WB spent about a decade cancelling Batman movies before Begins came out. Marvel movies, with the possible exception of Raimi’s Spiderman movies, were pretty average before Marvel Studios took control.

  • IMHO
    if someone was going to make halo into a movie, it should be this guy, the work that he has done on district 9 and his short films were amazing, i reckon he would do halo justice.
    Failing that, lets go to the other extreme and get Will Ferrell to do it, i reckon a spartan could totally pull off a mustache!

  • Blomkamp says much the say thing as Sam Rammi did in relation to the Warcraft film, and my response is much the same here: unlike the vast majority of video game adaptations that have come before, Microsoft actually give a shit about about their property and it’s lore and want to see it done right.

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