Neill Blomkamp was famously associated with Peter Jackson’s troubled attempts to get a Halo movie made. When those plans stumbled, he went on to direct District 9, which was one of the great sci-fi movies of recent years.
His latest film, Elysium (trailer above), comes out this August and as part of the pre-release marketing efforts, the director has spoken with IGN. He said that he is still a big fan of the Halo universe and that he’d love to do a film but that he would need to have creative control and that is a tricky issue for such a well-loved series.
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 also said he wasn’t averse to making sequels to his own films, if there’s more to say in those universes.
Halo is such a deep treasure-trove of material that it’s not difficult to imagine being made into a great action sci-fi movie. With so many mediocre videogame adaptations out there, taking a bit of a risk might be just what’s needed to get something decent made. District 9 was great and Elysium’s trailer is certainly engaging, so why not hand it off to Blomkamp and see what he brings back?