So now that Halo 3 has officially hit stores (in a ginormous way), folks are probably wondering whether Halo: The Movie would start picking up some pre-strike steam. I swear, it's the oddest project I've ever come across. The friggin' video game is a monster -- I mean a real whale here -- and yet Hollywood is avoiding the movie as if it were the plague. I shouldn't really blame all of Hollywood; primarily we're talking Universal and Fox, both of whom originally attempted to team up on the project. But after months of arguing over who really took the cookie from the cookie jar, the project was put to rest. Now, Neill Blomkamp, the relative unknown who was originally tapped by Peter Jackson to direct the Halo film, speaks out about what happened, where the project is now and what his Halo movie would've looked like.
Blomkamp spoke to Creativity Online, and among other things in the interview, he says, "The film is entirely dead. Whatever happens with that movie, assuming that movie gets made, will be a totally different configuration. It's not so much me as the entire vessel sank. Basically, it was a combination of; there were two studios involved that weren't getting along in the process of making it, Universal and Fox. That kind of stuff happens, it's a fragile industry. So the film collapsed at the end of last year, and it's been dead, ever since then. I'll be curious to see what happens." Blomkamp also talks about the three promotional shorts he made for Halo 3, and how none of them had anything to do with a potential movie. Those were made specifically to promote Halo 3, although fans (like me) looked at them as more of a tease.
It really is a shame, and I hope people from Universal and Fox read this, because this dude Neill Blomkamp would've made an amazing Halo film, unlike any video game adaptation out there. Just check out some of the things he says about his vision: "I wanted it to feel like the most brutal, real version of science fiction in a war environment that you've seen in a while. And Universal was on board with that. I don't really remember what Fox thought about it, but Universal seemed down with it. It would have been cool, it would have been a unique take on things, science fiction in a dirty, organic way." So then what the hell happened? Why couldn't they get this done? Apparently there were budgetary concerns, but I would've taken the chance. Who knows what will happen from here, but rest assured Halo: The Movie directed by Neill Blomkamp will soon join the growing list of films that should've been made, but never were.
[Thanks to Shawn for the tip]