The word on the street is that Neill Blomkamp of District 9 and Elysium fame may direct the pilot for the Steven Spielberg-produced Halo television show.
Microsoft announced during the Xbox One reveal last year that its famed Halo franchise would be coming to a live action television series, with none other than Hollywood heavyweight Steven Spielberg serving as producer. Now a rumor is going around that another big name will direct the pilot: Neill Blomkamp, best known as the director of District 9 and, more recently, Elysium.
The report is unsubstantiated but comes from "trusted sources," according to Latino Review, and it carries a certain amount of weight because Blomkamp was attached to direct the Halo feature film a few years ago and said last year that he's still interested in it.
"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. "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."
But with Spielberg's involvement at the top, and the lower risk of a television pilot versus a full-blown feature film, Blomkamp might just have the freedom he desired to make the show, or at least the pilot, his own. It's far from supporting evidence, but it doesn't sound beyond the realm of possibility either.
Source: Latino Review