If you've followed the see-sawing story of the Halo gaming franchise's rocky route to the silver screen, you'll have seen Neill Blomkamp's name regularly pop up. The director very nearly took on the challenge of putting the Master Chief on the silver screen before turning his attention to the superb District 9. And now, he's back in the running to helm the Halo Xbox One TV show.
Microsoft Studios and Steven Spielberg (sitting in the producer's chair) have apparently set their hopes on Blomkamp at least putting together the console-exclusive show's pilot -- something that Blomkamp has suggested he would still be interested in.
"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 told IGN. "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."
Blomkamp had initially been lined up to create a feature film based on the Halo games with The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson acting as producer. While that failed to materialise (likely in favour of this long-gestating console-only TV series) I can't think of a better fit for the series than Blomkamp -- now a stalwart of the sci-fi genre, District 9 and Elysium already display an aesthetic not dissimilar to the Xbox shooter. It'd be in safe hands if he does decide to take it on. [IGN]