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Elysium director talks Halo film failure

Neill Blomkamp on how the project's cancellation was a stroke of luck

Neill Blomkamp, the director of the upcoming Elysium which stars Matt Damon, has explained how the the cancellation of the Halo film allowed him to make his breakout film, District 9.

Blomkamp was attached to the Microsoft and Universal Pictures adaptation of the game when he was just 26 years old, selected by Lord of the Rings and Hobbit director Peter Jackson for the project. It all fell apart in 2006 after Fox and Universal reportedly pulled out because of a disagreement regarding budgets and profit margins.

"The luck is the fact that Peter and Fran let me make [District 9] out of the ruins that were Halo," Blomkamp told LA Times.

"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."

Recently Microsoft announced that superstar director Steven Spielberg was creating a brand new Halo television series.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
D9 was a lot of fun to watch and you could see a new director with a very interesting style hit the ground running. Elysium looks to be even better (it's only the third film this year I'm actually excited about), so I'm hoping it's as good as it looks. There's definitely a Halo vibe under all that lo-tech/hi-tech stuff (but thankfully, I don't see a licensed game on the horizon)...
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
Although, MS has their own Halo plans as an exclusive TV series, so I'm betting there goes that big movie. Besides, if Elysium does well, I'd rather see Neill do his own thing again or if he's going to adapt something, it would be a great sci-fi novel like The Stars my Destination or even Ken Steacy and Dean Motter's amazing graphic novel The Sacred & The Profane (which would be awesome)...
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Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster3 years ago
It sure would have been interesting to see, I still think a Halo film franchise would be great for the universe they have created, asides from the marketing benefits...
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