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Neill Blomkamp To Direct ‘Halo’ Pilot?

‘District 9,’ ‘Elysium’ director could return to the game series he almost adapted


Neill Blomkamp, writer and director of “District 9” and “Elysium,” could be Microsoft’s choice to direct the pilot episode of Steven Spielberg’s “Halo” television series, according to Latino Review.

Before the release of “District 9” in 2009, Blomkamp was attached to direct a live-action film based on the “Halo” video game franchise. He even shot some test footage that ended up being used to promote the release of “Halo 3.”

The film project, which would have been produced by Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit”) and shot in New Zealand, fell through in 2007 when Universal and 20th Century Fox withdrew funding.

Blomkamp has since said that he is still interested in tackling the “Halo” universe, and if this rumor is to be believed, he might finally be getting his chance.

The untitled show, which will be distributed via Xbox Live, was announced in May 2013 by Bonnie Ross, studio head of current “Halo” developer 343 Industries, and Nancy Tellem, president of Microsoft’s entertainment division. It was also revealed that accomplished filmmaker Spielberg would be an executive producer on the project, similar to his role on TNT’s “Falling Skies.”

No more details about the series are available, but Blomkamp’s involvement could be an indication of the kind of style that Microsoft, 343 Industries and Spielberg are going for.

Recently, it was rumored that Ridley Scott (“Alien,” “Prometheus”) was producing a “Halo” movie, to be written by “Prison Break” showrunner Paul T. Scheuring, but Microsoft has since confirmed this is not true.

Created by game developer Bungie in 2001, “Halo” focuses on an interstellar war between humanity and a group of zealous alien races called the Covenant. The series explores the discovery of a giant, ancient ring world, known as Halo, that harbors a dangerous secret that could threaten all life in the galaxy.

Blomkamp is currently shooting his third feature film, a science-fiction comedy called “Chappie” with Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver.

No timeline or scheduling details for the “Halo” series has been released.

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