District 9 Director Still Interested in Halo Film

District 9 Director Still Interested in Halo Film

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Neill Blomkamp says he'd still love to make a Halo movie but only if he's given creative control of the project.

You may recall that Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame was signed to direct a film based on Microsoft's Halo franchise before the whole thing fell apart back in 2009. Four years down the road, we still don't have a Halo flick and as far as I know there's not even anyone tentatively tapped to make it, but Blomkamp says he's still interested, if - and only if - the circumstances are right.

"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 at a press event for his current project, Elysium. "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."

Halo does have a deep and powerful mythology, and while that can be a great stepping-off point for spin-off projects like films, it can also be a real straightjacket for creative types who like to do their own thing. And given the choice, I'd rather see Blomkamp stay that course; the bright side of his departure from the Halo project was the excellent District 9, and if not making Halo means more movies like that, I'm sure not going to complain.

Elysium, by the way, is set to come out in August.

Source: IGN

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I dont think he is the right director for it unless its a really gritty Halo. I love Neil Blomkamp style with District 9, that Halo short and his other short movies but Halo is a bit flashy with purple aliens and shit.

Waiting for Elysium though

Didn't they make a trailer for this that had the older sister from Chronicles of Narnia?

Doesn't seem like much of a bad idea to give full creative control to a director.

On one hand, that is what has led to many of these video-game movies being bad - the game producers themselves haven't mad much input and the end result was a jumbled mess. Either that or Uwe Boll.

On the other hand, Halo was never really known for its deep and engrossing storyline. It has a bunch of stuff you shoot. The storyline and creativity of the whole aspect was mediocre at best. The game is notable for making console shooters tolerable and console FPS multiplayer popular.

Why not just give him full creative control? At worst, you'll have another video game movie with a plotline just as good as any Halo game.

DVS BSTrD:
Didn't they make a trailer for this that had the older sister from Chronicles of Narnia?

Dost thou mean this trailer?


I really want a Halo movie.

He's all wrong for the material, he's too much of a "message" director who would try and put some left-wing humanitarian spin on "Halo" and subvert it's entire point as pretty much a mythology built around justifying why a genetic superman is shooting a bunch of evil aliens in the head with a pistol. :)

This guy would probably want to make us sympathetic to some of the covenant species to an unheard of degree, and make us wonder if say Master Chief is right when he takes a mini-gun to a bunch of oddly shaped space midgets and turns them into a red mist.

People kind of want Halo to be Halo from the video games, the ideal director for it is someone who is going to make Halo, not insert their own vision, and this director is all wrong for that. I'll go so far as to say that I think we probably can't make "Halo" in this generation, because the entire attitude among directors and desire to make work "their own" is wrong for franchise tie-in material. The artistic director is great when working with original works, not so great when they are simply putting the pieces together for someone else's work, most director's can't accept it not being their work, just something they are given permission to visit for a time, and are expected to treat with reverance equal to the fans who made it popular enough for a movie to be considered.

Give it to whoever made Halo's trailers, they captured things quit nicly.

josemlopes:
I dont think he is the right director for it unless its a really gritty Halo. I love Neil Blomkamp style with District 9, that Halo short and his other short movies but Halo is a bit flashy with purple aliens and shit.

A Halo film would be doomed whoever ended up in charge.

The universe built around the games is incredibly dark (betrayal, genocide, assassination, child soldiers and that's the good guys), at the same time any studio backing it would enforce a 12a rating to maximise potential audience.

The aliens can be perfectly intimidating (and gritty) when they're gleefully burning cities and tearing people limb from limb, but a 12a film would reduce them to big blue Stormtroopers. Also there's no way a major studio would finance a film without the presence of Chief, then there's no way they'd finance a film without his face appearing, then there's no way they'd let Chief be the pale, balding, haggard old man he's described as in the books. They'd probably shoe horn a love interest in too. Then make it a prequel to avoid having to step outside or on top of the game's established canon...

So, 12a Halo starring Taylor Lautner as young Master Chief anyone?

fix-the-spade:

A Halo film would be doomed whoever ended up in charge.

The universe built around the games is incredibly dark (betrayal, genocide, assassination, child soldiers and that's the good guys), at the same time any studio backing it would enforce a 12a rating to maximise potential audience.

The aliens can be perfectly intimidating (and gritty) when they're gleefully burning cities and tearing people limb from limb, but a 12a film would reduce them to big blue Stormtroopers. Also there's no way a major studio would finance a film without the presence of Chief, then there's no way they'd finance a film without his face appearing, then there's no way they'd let Chief be the pale, balding, haggard old man he's described as in the books. They'd probably shoe horn a love interest in too. Then make it a prequel to avoid having to step outside or on top of the game's established canon...

So, 12a Halo starring Taylor Lautner as young Master Chief anyone?

Dark and gritty without context is boring.

Really, if you going to make a grimdark film, if you do not provide enough context to the whole misery and crap, it's just going to be boring. Take a look at most of the famous drama movies, a lot of them have a pretty dark and serious plot, but there's often a few funny scenes that you can chuckle at.

I really haven't seen a lot of HALO gameplay and such though (never played the games myself) but I didn't really get the impression that it's a well-written dark classic, it just always seemed like a simple generic shooter with obviously evil bad guys that people seemed to love.

Eri:

DVS BSTrD:
Didn't they make a trailer for this that had the older sister from Chronicles of Narnia?

Dost thou mean this trailer? I really want a Halo movie.

No, he meant Forward unto Dawn. Which is not a trailer, it's a 90min webseries. So it's basically a movie.
http://www.youtube.com/show/halo4forwarduntodawn

*Get's on knees* Mr. Blomkamp, on behalf of all those who love original sci-fi and who know that NO movie based on a video game has ever been anything even approaching good, I beg of you, in front of the whole internet: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR TALENT ON A FUCKING VIDEO GAME MOVIE!

A little unsure about this, movies based on games aren't exactly known for their award winning performances.

That said, if the directors take a leaf out the the Forward unto Dawn series and don't make it about the Chief but about ordinary people trying to survive in that Universe then it could turn out watch-able.

Also, I refuse to answer my original captcha as I am not a gambler.

District 9 fans interested in sequel.
HALO sucks and movie based on it would be just a waste. Why not make something interesting like say District 9 sequel.

Undomesticated Equine:
District 9 fans interested in sequel.
HALO sucks and movie based on it would be just a waste. Why not make something interesting like say District 9 sequel.

Just because the storyline and mythology are awful doesn't mean the gameplay is. Millions of people play or have played the Halo franchise because it was the only game out for XBox. It's a popular game and it'll make money.

People just want to see aliens get shot by a slow-moving invincible faceless guy while a sexualized hologram talks to him. It'll be like Transformers 4 with less robots. It'll sell well regardless of the content. Microsoft needs to stop pretending Halo is some sacred cow and just sign over the rights.

District 9's cliffhanger was nicely done and is asking for a sequel, but a Halo movie would still gather a larger audience.

I love the obligatory hate this franchise gets. It's quite sad to see that people watch some youtube videos of the game and think they have a valid opinion of a franchise with a lore deep enough to be quite interesting, not to mention make sense without making too many issues.

A Halo movie could be great, why?

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Thats why. It seriously is annoying that this whole mentality of Halo being bad flows through people's minds.

I don't get the hate for Halo's storyline/lore. Personally, I find it fascinating, and very deep, comparatively. I feel like it would be easy to get a great Halo movie out of Blomkamp: Simply set it during the Insurrection, or at least at the tail end of it, when the Covenant were just starting to show up. Remember, the Spartans were originally created to fight humans, so it would be a good compromise: The Halo faithful would get the stuff they want (Spartans doing Spartan things), and Blomkamp gets his creative control to do as much of the moral-grey-area stuff as he feels is necessary.

lol, funny how some people are commenting on the games back story, and yet seem to know nothing of it, ah the Internet ....

anyway, I for one would could see, and very easily, a good Halo movie, there's a lot to work with, and this guy could get it right.

Sides, you all bitch how 'video game movies suck' yet openly balk at the idea of some one that actually has made good movies making one. 'This is why we can't have nice things' applys here

Terminate421:
I love the obligatory hate this franchise gets. It's quite sad to see that people watch some youtube videos of the game and think they have a valid opinion of a franchise with a lore deep enough to be quite interesting, not to mention make sense without making too many issues.

A Halo movie could be great, why?

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Thats why. It seriously is annoying that this whole mentality of Halo being bad flows through people's minds.

Exactly. There is so much Halo lore it even dwarfs series like Mass Effect (granted Halo came first, but that's still an fps series vs an RPG series which are tend to be known for their large amount of lore.)

It's strange how people still today don't seem to understand this...

Also on the topic of FuD. I would say even a TV series or mini series in the vein of FuD would be great. Hell even it's special effects weren't that bad for the budget size.

That would be fantastic, if they were to do something I would prefer a story about ODSTs with Nathan Fillion and co. reprising their ODST roles would make my head explode.

But I always worry that MS wouldn't give it to someone like Blomkamp as well recived as he's been or let him really do what he wanted if he did give it to him.

This seems quite a lot like how whenever a trailer for a Ryan Reynalds film comes out, he teases the possibility of a Deadpool film.

One of the top comments on a youtube trailer for Elysium is along the lines of "wow, is this a film coming out that actually has an original idea?", so yeah...there's a significant portion of people who would hate him to make a Halo film.

The best Halo fans are likely to get is a shot about 30 secs into the Elysium trailer that looks like it could easily double for a vista of a Halo...

Best case scenario we end up with a bad Halo movie, worst case scenario we end up with another District 9. So, win-win I guess.

But I kid. The infamy of the online community toward the end of the Halo 3 cycle really seems to over shadow the fact that the original Halo series was really good. It'd be nice to see more of the universe--especially if that means I don't have to play a bad RTS or read a video game book.

Therumancer:

This guy would probably want to make us sympathetic to some of the covenant species to an unheard of degree, and make us wonder if say Master Chief is right when he takes a mini-gun to a bunch of oddly shaped space midgets and turns them into a red mist.

Except, you know, that's pretty much what Halo 2 and a lot of the expanded universe materials did. A lot of the aliens were very humanized and the human government is shown in a very fascist light. They even have a space CIA destabilizing alien worlds that are supposed to be allied to them by giving guns to people who actually hate them. I'd say a director with a "leftist message" would fit perfectly with the direction of the lore.

fix-the-spade:

josemlopes:
I dont think he is the right director for it unless its a really gritty Halo. I love Neil Blomkamp style with District 9, that Halo short and his other short movies but Halo is a bit flashy with purple aliens and shit.

A Halo film would be doomed whoever ended up in charge.

The universe built around the games is incredibly dark (betrayal, genocide, assassination, child soldiers and that's the good guys), at the same time any studio backing it would enforce a 12a rating to maximise potential audience.

The aliens can be perfectly intimidating (and gritty) when they're gleefully burning cities and tearing people limb from limb, but a 12a film would reduce them to big blue Stormtroopers. Also there's no way a major studio would finance a film without the presence of Chief, then there's no way they'd finance a film without his face appearing, then there's no way they'd let Chief be the pale, balding, haggard old man he's described as in the books. They'd probably shoe horn a love interest in too. Then make it a prequel to avoid having to step outside or on top of the game's established canon...

So, 12a Halo starring Taylor Lautner as young Master Chief anyone?

I'm not sure I see the problem with a 12A rating here? I'm an American, so I don't really know what that means, but wikipedia says:

Films under this category are considered to be unsuitable for very young people. Those aged under 12 years are only admitted if accompanied by an adult, aged at least 18 years, at all times during the motion picture. However, it is generally not recommended that children under 12 years should watch the film. Films under this category can contain mature themes, discrimination, soft drugs, infrequent strong language and moderate violence, sex references and nudity. Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed. Sexual violence may be implied or briefly indicated.

That seems pretty easy to get around, minus the violence issue (unless you really want a Halo movie where people swear every 15 seconds).

Halo has a great story for gameplay, but it'd be horrible to watch as a movie.

Has anyone read Fall of Reach or The Flood? The Flood was great, especially for a novelization.

Or, you can just watch Season 8-10 of Red Vs. Blue.
That would be better, actually.


philosophicalbastard:

Therumancer:

This guy would probably want to make us sympathetic to some of the covenant species to an unheard of degree, and make us wonder if say Master Chief is right when he takes a mini-gun to a bunch of oddly shaped space midgets and turns them into a red mist.

Except, you know, that's pretty much what Halo 2 and a lot of the expanded universe materials did. A lot of the aliens were very humanized and the human government is shown in a very fascist light. They even have a space CIA destabilizing alien worlds that are supposed to be allied to them by giving guns to people who actually hate them. I'd say a director with a "leftist message" would fit perfectly with the direction of the lore.

Well "expanded universe" materials are by definition not really canon, which is one of the issues that's about to have Star Wars fanboys up in arms for quite a while in the not too distant future... and it will actually be like the third time we've seen that paticular ship sail, albiet this will be the largest incident of it yet.

That said the whole point of Halo is more or less that these things being done are not ambigious, facism in this context is right, and in a real war the ends do justify the means. Exactly the opposite of what this director stands for with his messages in movies. Halo is pretty much an anathema to his entire expressed moral compass. He's pretty much wrong for any of the serious "space marine" military shooter franchises. Really about the only thing I feel he'd be less suited for than Halo would be doing "Warhammer 40k". It's a case where sure, according to a modern, left wing, peacetime, peace at any price mentality it's absolutly offensive. The good guys in Warhammer 40k drag telepaths off to sacrifice their energy (and lives) to preverse The God Emperor, people are pretty much enslaved and turned into human-computer servitors, work forces are literally ground under the treads of heavy machinery, anything remotely non-human is terminated (or perhaps enslaved) on the spot, and rather than give up space and footholds to an enemy the standard practice is to whip out the planetbusters, prnounced exterminatus, and pretty much liquify everything and anything on the planet including civilians... survivors, refugees, and evacuation attemts are hunted down to prevent contamination. The point of Warhammer 40k is to show off all of these lovely things and then demonstrate exactly why the good guys doing them are still the good guys, and why it's nessicary in this truely F@cked up world. I mean sure, there are "human interest stories" waiting to happen, until you consider the reason why Psykers are sacrificed is because if they are allowed to run free they inevitably become conduits to the warp, and then go running around on murder rampages possesed by literal demons. Halo isn't quite that far gone, but it's cut from the same basic cloth, very much doing the entire "Starship Troopers" thing (more by the books than the movie)

Things like Distict 9 worked because the director was able to define the entire world around his message in order to make it work. In this case it's not his work, and it already comes with it's own "messages" and internal morality. At the end of the day Halo is about justifying violence and mass murder, at the end of the day it's about you, relentlessly battling the Covenant, and pretty much leaving anyone you meet remotely connected to it dead, withoua a tear being shed for their passing. It's all about "Woot! Look I'm toting a minigun and look at those deformed space midgets blow apart", not a glorified human interest story. People play games like Halo specifically to get away from "issues", political correctness, and pretentious "District 9" type left wing messages, there are other games and game series for that kind of thing, Halo is not one of them.

If someone wants to do a movie out of "Special Ops: The Line" by all means tap this guy, he's a good fit. otherwise he needs to be kept away from most mainstream video game universes. :)

In short, I'm not surprised an agreement couldn't be reached, I would't let him do Halo "his way" knowing what the likely results would be anyway. He'd pretty much wind up turning Master Chief from a superhuman badass, into some tear soaked emo who spends 90% of the movie crying "what have I done" into his MREs.

AzrealMaximillion:
Halo has a great story for gameplay, but it'd be horrible to watch as a movie.

If you think it's only good for gameplay, you don't know much about Halo's backstory. There is a lot of periods in the timeline that could fit for an awesome movie.

Therumancer:

Well "expanded universe" materials are by definition not really canon, which is one of the issues that's about to have Star Wars fanboys up in arms for quite a while in the not too distant future... and it will actually be like the third time we've seen that paticular ship sail, albiet this will be the largest incident of it yet.

Although when it comes to Halo, the expanded universe is canon.

Korten12:

If you think it's only good for gameplay, you don't know much about Halo's backstory. There is a lot of periods in the timeline that could fit for an awesome movie.

I know enough about the backstory to know that Halo is best played and not watched. As for the "lots of periods in the timeline", there are a large number of factors that you have to take into consideration. The Halo games themselves are inconsistent in their canon to begin with. The expanded universe isn't considered canon in the same way that the Star Wars EU isn't canon.

Therumancer:

Well "expanded universe" materials are by definition not really canon, which is one of the issues that's about to have Star Wars fanboys up in arms for quite a while in the not too distant future... and it will actually be like the third time we've seen that particular ship sail, albiet this will be the largest incident of it yet.

Although when it comes to Halo, the expanded universe is canon.[/quote]

Again, no. A lot of the books conflict with the games that come after the original Halo CE. Take Halo:The Flood for example. The second book put out based on Halo. It take places in between Halo 2 and 3. It's known as a sub par book due to it's boring repetitive battle scenes and the fact that is was inconsistent to the games it was based on. And there are, I think, 3-4 more books that are direct sequels that continue this book's canon So if you want canon it either has to be a decision between the games, or the Expanded Universe. And that's why a Halo movie wouldn't work too well. It either pisses off fans of the games, or pisses off fans of the books.

A Halo movie wouldn't be done to justice for splintering groups of fans of the franchise. Making a movie with that in mind would be hard to do well, I can't see a Halo movie being done well enough to be successful. It would take a massive budget, which would be hard to get considering the stigma of movies based on video games in the first place.

AzrealMaximillion:

Again, no. A lot of the books conflict with the games that come after the original Halo CE. Take Halo:The Flood for example. The second book put out based on Halo. It take places in between Halo 2 and 3. It's known as a sub par book due to it's boring repetitive battle scenes and the fact that is was inconsistent to the games it was based on. And there are, I think, 3-4 more books that are direct sequels that continue this book's canon So if you want canon it either has to be a decision between the games, or the Expanded Universe. And that's why a Halo movie wouldn't work too well. It either pisses off fans of the games, or pisses off fans of the books.

A Halo movie wouldn't be done to justice for splintering groups of fans of the franchise. Making a movie with that in mind would be hard to do well, I can't see a Halo movie being done well enough to be successful. It would take a massive budget, which would be hard to get considering the stigma of movies based on video games in the first place.

Incorrect, you state you know well enough yet don't even know 343i own canon policy...

"Circa 2008, however, 343 Industries adopted a new approach, deciding that all future media they released would be fictionally interconnected. This includes further integrating the fiction of the games and the novels into a seamless whole, with different pieces of media complementing one another in a meaningful way. Even though the main game series is still the primary focus of the studio, all other fiction has been stated to have a resonant impact on the games' stories in a way unlike before. For example, the novels of the Kilo-Five Trilogy and The Forerunner Saga will have direct connections to the story of Halo 4 and the subsequent games.[5]"

In fact the latest book: Halo Silentium was delayed so that the events of Halo 4 and itself mesh better.

Also I don't think you understand the book seires...

The first book: The Fall of Reach took place from before the Spartan's creation to Halo, Hlao: The Flood is a Halo 1 in novel form. Halo First Strike is what takes place between Halo 1 and 2. Halo: Ghosts of Onyx which continues Halseys side of the story and another takes place from before Halo 1 to the start of Halo 3. Halo: Glasslands than continues GoO, and explains how Halsey is now out of Onyx (and how she appears in Halo 4, hell Spartan Ops even references the events of Glasslands) and Halo Thursday War continues after that.

It can't piss off either fans because there would be no reason for it to. Everything meshes together.

Also on the topic of Halo Movies...

There is already one.

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For which is canon and is also quite good.

 

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