By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, IESB
Though Neill Blomkamp revealed to MTV Movies Blog that Halo was dead (to him), that doesn't mean the adaptation still doesn't have a (long)shot. Don't get me wrong, I'd like nothing more than Blomkamp to direct this one, but at least the new guy supporting the adaptation is also able to pull it off. So who is that?
Spielberg Contemplating Halo
As it turns out, Blomkamp spent about five months working on what sounded to be a badass Halo adaptation. I don't know how much of this time was spent creating those live-action shorts in anticipation of the release of Halo 3, but those videos should have also been enough to sell any studio on a big-budget adaptation.
"It's tough because I spent five months working on it, like 24 hours a day. Not only because it was my first film and I had an opportunity to try and, you know, make the best film I could make, but I loved the creative environments of 'Halo' so much," he said. "The whole universe is incredibly compelling."
So he's gone and it sucks, but Steven Spielberg may be at least stepping in as producer.
The good people at IESB report that Steven Spielberg is in negotiations to produce Halo.
Spielberg is blown away by writer Stuart Beattie's take on the game in his script entitled HALO THE FALL OF REACH. This coupled with the fact that his Dreamworks umbrella is looking for a big tent pole to help launch their newly independant studio with distribution over at Walt Disney Pictures after losing Transformers to Paramount in the separation, it's the perfect combination.
Also, Spielberg is a huge gaming fan.
I have to admit that I'm still surprised that Halo has become such a hard sell, considering the millions of gamers who support the franchise. Having Spielberg on board could get this production back on track, but I still wouldn't mind Blomkamp back also.