Neill Blomkamp Talks Failed “Halo” Movie; New Series

August 5, 2013

In 2005, Neill Blomkamp was just an up-and-coming director who was handpicked by Peter Jackson (The Hobbit) to helm a live-action adaptation of Microsoft’s hit video game HALO. One year later, the project fell apart due to disputes between Peter Jackson and Microsoft. Feeling a bit guilty, this led to Peter Jackson agreeing to produce and finance Blomkamp’s small budget, science fiction film DISTRICT 9.

Blomkamp considers the failure of Halo to be the greatest stroke of luck in his filmmaking career.

“The luck is the fact that Peter and Fran [Walsh] let me make [‘District 9’] out of the ruins that were ‘Halo’. What happened out of that was learning to trust my ideas. If ‘Halo’ had come out and succeeded or failed, I wouldn’t have learned that.”

His experience on Halo is something that Blomkamp doesn’t want to forget, and it’s something he doesn’t want to experience again. This is why he would not want to direct a Star Wars or Star Trek film.

There are many franchises out there I would love to participate in,” said Blomkamp. ”The problem is when you agree to do that, you take a lot of the control that you have over your own creative destiny away from yourself.”

Recently, Steven Spielberg expressed interest in helming or producing a Halo movie. This led to his involvement with Microsoft’s plans for a television series centered around their best-selling video game franchise. The television series is reportedly set to be Microsoft’s flagship series for their slate of original programming launching on the Xbox One.

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