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Halo Director Is Announced
Newcomer Neill Blomkamp on board

10 August 2006  |  Written by   |  Source: Variety

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The two studios collaborating on the adaptation of Halo have finally announced their choice of director.

Universal (which is handling the film in the US) and Fox (which nabbed international rights) have, along with executive producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, selected newcomer Neill Blomkamp to direct the movie.

Blomkamp is best known for some cutting-edge adverts, including the Citroen “Alive In Technology” spot which starred a dancing transformer-type 'bot. But in the shorts world, he’s something of a star, having created and directed the impressive mini-film Alive In Joburg. The enterprising types at Ain’t It Cool tracked down a copy online, which you can find here.

The director was briefly considered for Transformers before a certain Michael Bay came along, and his hi-tech work will likely be a good fit for the power suited warriors and aliens of the movie’s plot. “It was very important to Peter and Fran that they find a genuine filmmaker who will make a distinctly personal film. They wanted someone who would have things to say, display a unique point of view and be able to etch their personality into it," their representative, Ken Kamins blabbed to Variety.

The first draft script was penned by Alex Garland, who stayed true to the game’s alien combat plot, but the current draft – by DB Weiss – is likely to try and expand the appeal of the film beyond the sort of people who spend entire nights playing the game.

And among the names that had been considering Halo before this announcement is Guillermo del Toro, who ultimately decided to focus on Hellboy. "I was in negotiations to come on board," del Toro told Variety, "but it was always on parallel with my other projects, most importantly Hellboy 2, and for artistic and personal reasons, I couldn't let that one go." He’s offering his full endorsement of Blomkamp, though, having seen his demo reel: "I was blown away. The Halo he's attracted to is great news to the fans of the game who are into the Master Chief aspect."

There’s no casting yet – and we expect a few more drafts of the script to be completed before a frame is shot, but Blomkamp will have the full support of Jackson’s studio system in New Zealand, and Weta will be providing the effects. If it can get properly on track, expect Halo to invade a summer 2008 release date.

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Why are you so worried? Neill Blomkamp might do a great job of it, with WETA backing at least it'll look good. After all Aliens is just people in the future shooting bugs, and that was an awesome hit! I say give Halo a chance, after all the game story isn't exactly War and Peace is it? And people bought into that with no problem. Bugs, Humans shoot bugs, bugs die. Sequel set up. Play again? More

Posted by lordmilo at 20:55 on 31 August 2006 | Report This Post

Halo: Combat Devolved
O.K. so the most iconic, hyped, marketable video game in computer games history gets a director who's only real experience is in T.V. special effects, adverts with dancing robots and a short. Surly the potential for this film warrants a more experienced, influential director than Neill Blomkamp? Well it does but that's just the evidence I’ve been looking for to confirm my suspicions about Hollywood's view of the Video Game industry. They see it as the poor relation, the immature cousin. Ne More

Posted by The Jackle at 14:43 on 17 August 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Bastardman
Those short films of his are actually quite good and his style already suits what I would expect Halo to look like. Weta on the SFX and the backing of Mr Jackson... assuming the script isn't spoiled by redrafting this COULD turn into something great.   AICN interview Halo-Man;   More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 15:36 on 12 August 2006 | Report This Post

"I was blown away. The Halo he's attracted to is great news to the fans of the game who are into the Master Chief aspect." The Master Cheif ASPECT!?!?! The Master Chief is the main c**nting character, he's not an ASPECT?!! they're going to screw this one up so badly. unless!!! they pump hella loads of money into this for the cgi. More

Posted by monkeywrench at 10:08 on 12 August 2006 | Report This Post

here we go!
why are they doing this? i mean come on, very few games make good movies! And ad HAlo is just people in suits shooting aliens i cant see how people are going to see this unless they spend they're life hooked on a game which i personally think is totally over rated. Seriously, its just another bog standardshoot em up! why is that soooo ground breaking! And no MAster Chief is not a really army rank, and the fact that you know its his rank and not his name is a bit sad Jaxplotation! switch off More

Posted by clarkkent at 22:59 on 11 August 2006 | Report This Post

Re: Master Chief
Master Chief is the highest rank given to the ulimate bad-ass non-commisioned officers of the U.S. Navy Seals. So it kind of fits with the HALO concept....... And so would casting Vigo Mortensen (he was the only highlight as the Master Chief in the very average GI Jane). More

Posted by scotsdiver at 15:02 on 11 August 2006 | Report This Post

cure gastroparesis
i left out some other greats- zelda ocarina of time & shenmue More

Posted by dan8210 at 10:55 on 11 August 2006 | Report This Post

cure gastroparesis
awesome game- one of the greats alongside half life, ages of empires gta san andreas supermario 64 and goldeneye. film still gonna b fit for a compost heap. only half decent films based on games & im being generous here are tomb raider & silent hill More

Posted by dan8210 at 10:50 on 11 August 2006 | Report This Post

All video game conversions are arse-clag, apart from maybe Silent Hill, which i ain't seen. It doesn't matter how good the game was, look at Streetfighter for fuck sake! Anyone see Double Dragon with Mark Dacascos & Robert Patrick? Bloody hell!! More

Posted by Chaos Engine at 02:47 on 11 August 2006 | Report This Post

I think the Master Chief's real name/rank is Master Chief Petty Officer Spartan John-117... I think the film will actually do well. At first I thought it would just be for the fans of the Halo games, and therefore seem a little 'geeky'. I myself am an ex-Halo/Halo 2 fan/Xbox Live Mulitplayer user gamer, and can see why this film was made, but it could just turn out to be very gung-ho and just to please the geeks. Hopefully it will be made with a lot of style. I think it should have a very dark More

Posted by FoxDhoj at 22:54 on 10 August 2006 | Report This Post

Fair enough...
OK, cool, fair enough. No idea who the bloke is but I've got faith in Jackson and co, and I'm certain the Citroen ad will be better than Bay's Transformers movie. I'm a bit concerned because, well, it's an adaptation of a videogame, and because Alex Garland - who rocks - has had his script re-written, but I've still got faith. Besides which, someone eventually has to make a good game adaptation! So, yeah, bring it on - can't wait! More

Posted by britesparc at 22:22 on 10 August 2006 | Report This Post

RE: The MC
L: thepluginbaby Master Chief is a great cheesy name that implies that he's badass. Reminds me of that Simpsons episode: They're not police, they're not cops they're police cops... AHA I remember that so classic, so American, you know that that's what Fox actually has in store for their next big TV venture don;t you? Anyway, I just hope my favourite video game isn't adapted into a pisspoor B-Movie action movie that Van Damme would pass up. But I'm fairly confident in Peter J More

Posted by ctu_special_agent at 19:20 on 10 August 2006 | Report This Post

The MC
Master Chief is a great cheesy name that implies that he's badass. Reminds me of that Simpsons episode: They're not police, they're not cops they're police cops... More

Posted by thepluginbaby at 18:36 on 10 August 2006 | Report This Post

The MC

Posted by thepluginbaby at 18:34 on 10 August 2006 | Report This Post

master chief isnt his name, its his rank and isn't that a real rank thats used in the american army as well? I have to admit this looks promising, Alive in Joburg is a great little short and it does have Peter Jackson as producer so maybe..... More

Posted by jaxploitation at 17:29 on 10 August 2006 | Report This Post

hahah.  mans got a point!  bobbins name!     More

Posted by boove at 15:34 on 10 August 2006 | Report This Post

Let's be honest though, Master Chief is a piss poor name. Why not Master Chief Leader Boss Guy In Charge? More

Posted by Keenan at 14:26 on 10 August 2006 | Report This Post

i just don't understand why Jackson wouldn't direct it himself. More

Posted by Hughezy at 14:19 on 10 August 2006 | Report This Post

"but the current draft – by DB Weiss – is likely to try and expand the appeal of the film "
Why does this line send alarm bells ringing? Cool, so Alex Garland writes a draft script which actualy as something in common with the game - something (silent hill excepted) the majority of game - film adaptions fail to do, Doom and it's reluctance to actually have any demons and eeek mention the word "hell" for example (actually Dr Who adapted doom far more effectivley). Maybe I am just being cynical and Peter Jacksons involvment is re assuring and I understand the film needs to be More

Posted by masterchimp007 at 12:17 on 10 August 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Master Chief
Anyone I'd say, we're assuming the Helmet doesn't come off of course! More

Posted by Terribly_Mauled at 10:52 on 10 August 2006 | Report This Post

Master Chief
who can play Master Chief? More

Posted by Tosh at 10:50 on 10 August 2006 | Report This Post

I'm gonna be using a 'wait and see' policy with this one. I hope it turns out to be amazing, but I'll be happy if it just manages to be very good. More

Posted by TheGreatEye at 10:05 on 10 August 2006 | Report This Post

Perfect choice for the visuals....
... but I still expect it to suck sadly. At least, until I see the first trailer on a big screen. My faith rests in Peter Jackson's judgement. More

Posted by Terribly_Mauled at 09:55 on 10 August 2006 | Report This Post

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