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Rumor that 'Halo' pilot will be directed by 'District 9' director Neill Blomkamp

Director Neill Blomkamp and actor Jose Pablo Cantillo attend the premiere of TriStar Pictures' 'Elysium' at Regency Village Theatre on August 7, 2013 in Westwood, California.
Director Neill Blomkamp and actor Jose Pablo Cantillo attend the premiere of TriStar Pictures' 'Elysium' at Regency Village Theatre on August 7, 2013 in Westwood, California.
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According to IFilm on Jan. 25, "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp is rumored to be directing the new "Halo" pilot. In the past, he was on board with possibly doing a TV show which would be produced by Steven Spielberg and he had done a few series of "Halo" short films. Blomkamp was also working on a film adaptation with "The Hobbit's" Peter Jackson, but somehow that fell through.

Microsoft has no intentions of making the video game into a movie, however it appears rumors are going around about Blomkamp may be set to direct the "Halo" pilot episode. Spielberg would be set to produce while Microsoft takes hold of the reins.

About five years ago Blomkamp said this in regards to not returning to partake in this project:

"The answer is, I probably wouldn't do Halo if it was offered to me. But creatively, I would like to do it. It’s kind of like I’d be sad to not work on it, but I would still say no….I worked on it for five months…I put a lot of sort of sweat and blood into Halo. Creatively, it’s very compelling. I love it. But, when you work that long on something and you have it bottom out and collapse…i mean, I got District 9 out of it, I think I’m probably better off because it’s more of a personal film. But yeah, I love the world of Halo. I don’t think I would go back there".

Though it's been a good while, Blomkamp would only doing minimal for starters to get the ball rolling for the "Halo" pilot and upon comparison to what an actual film would demand, it wouldn't be much.