Confirmed: Director Neill Blomkamp Would Probably Not Do a Halo Film, Even If Offered One

In 2006, it was announced that a film adaptation based on the insanely popular videogame series Halo would be helmed by a 26-year old first-time director named Neill Blomkamp. Blomkamp went so far as to create some Halo-inspired shorts, but after several months of development, the project ultimately fell apart. Blomkamp went on to work with producer Peter Jackson to create his first feature-length film District 9, but some Halo faithful still held out hope that Blomkamp might return to the video game franchise again.

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farsided3836d ago

It's so funny when I mention him to friends, and they're like, "well what has he done?" I always make sure to start by mentioning those gatorade rain commercials, and they immediately know what I'm talking about, because they were just so memorable.

In case you don't remember them:

Plus, the short films he did (Tempbot, Yellow, Tetra Vaal, Crossing the Line *another collaboration with Peter Jackson*, and of course Alive in Joburg which is now District 9) all just absolutely ooze this realistic and immersive style that in my personal opinion is absolutely unmatched. Say what you want about the "unprofessionalism of the shaky camera technique", he just knows how to do it right and do it best.

And given so many of his films were very low budget, I'm extremely excited to see what he can do now that he has some real financial backing. Kind of sad he isn't doing the Halo film, but considering how monumentally easy it is for video game films to flop (even though I personally felt he did a fantastic job on the shorts), it may have just ended up holding him back, but now he has so much potential for his future in the industry it's driving me crazy!

BTW in case you haven't seen them...


Tetra Vaal:

Alive in Joburg:

Unfortunately Tempbot got taken down, but that was probably my least favorite anyways....

Montrealien3835d ago (Edited 3835d ago )

You forgot one, "Arms Race" his Halo Short Film, kinda ironic no? lol

(for some reason the audio on the You tube version blows, finding a higher quality version is easy, just search for Halo + Arms Race)

It was part of the Halo 3 add campaign in 2007 and is pretty much what happened just before Halo 3. It is a must watch if you did not see it before. I love how you see master chief coming down at the end.

farsided3835d ago

yeah, kinda thought that was implied in the article...and I didn't want to bring it up for fear of flamebaiting...just want everyone to actually realize how incredibly good he is.

Montrealien3835d ago

I hear ya, I just watched it (landfall) video on my Xbox again because of this, I have lost count on how many times I have watched that video.

Spike473836d ago

Anyway, a Halo movie would be nice, and I think even if it sucks people will still go watch it.

-MD-3835d ago

He's probably intimidated by the IP..

Elven63835d ago

Neil Blomkamp is a amazing director, who would have thought someone who would be making commercial for a living had so much talent.

That being said, I can see why he wouldn't. Since he said he put all this effort behind the project the first time and no one bought it he wouldn't want to be burned again, he could put those resources to better work essentially.

The studios who bailed on the Halo movie missed out big time, if over 10 million people will buy the game you can sure as hell bet a majority of them will see the movie in theaters, buy the DVD, etc. Not to mention the mature look it had (according to the shorts) would attract mainstream audiences.

Defectiv3_Detectiv33835d ago (Edited 3835d ago )

The only reason Halo is being adapted is because it sold alot of copies, not because its actually an interesting story, which it totally isn't.

It's the same way with Gears, I read an early draft of one of the scripts for Gears on, and it sounded like a Rambo movie w/ monsters instead of terrorists.

On the subject of Halo, the story is just plain generic - no interesting protagonist, too many bland settings; don't even get me started on the whole aliens invading earth thing, a little played out maybe?

I think the Halo universe just doesn't know what it wants to be. When Halo was first announced, it was an RTS game, not even a shooter! Its pretty obvious they designed the game, then slapped the story on ex post facto.

And can anyone tell me the actual significance of calling the game Halo? I get its supposed to be a weapon of mass destruction, but why not make it a giant twinkee?

I have more hope for game adaptations like Uncharted or Shadow of the Colossus - those games rest on the strengths of their cinematic qualities. They didn't sell 1/2 the copies Halo or Gears did, they were just made w/ good stories in mind.

@You can't deny it, if it weren't for the fact that Halo has sold millions, they wouldn't bother adapting it. It is rather mundane and formulaic, especially that monotonous theme song. Its like they're trying to put you to sleep or something.

Elven63835d ago

Halo not having a good story? I stopped there...

Montrealien3835d ago

in case you guys missed it, he already did the halo short film "Arms Race" which is pretty much the beginning of Halo 3.

JasonPC360PS3Wii3835d ago (Edited 3835d ago )

Halo's "story" is good enough to produce a series of best selling award winning novels, graphic novels, and a new animated series. There is a hell of alot of fan fiction to be found on the web, as well as machinima, and fan made comics. Cry about Halo as much as you want droid.

Defectiv3_Detectiv33835d ago

Bestselling huh? LMAO - what bestsellers list are you referring to?

And if the books are so great, why can't they come up w/ a 1/2 way decent plot for the game? Halo's SP capmaign's are always highly scrutinized for never living up to their promise.

Montrealien3835d ago

ever heard of the New york times best seller list?

Then again, you are not known to think much Tony, keep on trolling.

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