The Steven Speilberg produced live-action Halo television series for the Xbox One that was announced last year may have just picked up its pilot director according to a Saturday report. Coincidentally, the person pegged to be the director is the same that was attached to the failed Halo movie project in 2007.
According to "trusted sources" with Latino Review, Elysium and District 9 director Neil Blomkamp will also be directing the Halo television pilot. This makes for an interesting twist as Blomkamp was originally slated to direct the Peter Jackson produced Halo movie before a debate over money between Microsoft and movie studios shut the project down.
While the movie effort failed Blomkamp did produce a Halo: Landfall live-action short in 2007 (above) as part of the promotion for the release of Halo 3 on the Xbox 360.
Blomkamp expressed interest in still doing a Halo movie during a press event for Elysium in 2013.
"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. 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."
While Microsoft and 343 Industries will be producing the Halo TV series along with Steven Speilberg, not much else is known about the project at this point. Xbox Vice President Phil Spencer did state recently though that the television series will be an opportunity to grow the franchise and that it won't simply be filler.
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