In case the news – straight out of Peter Jackson's mouth to your earholes – that the episodic Halo Chronicles
project was "no longer happening
" wasn't enough to confirm the wreckage of Microsoft's (impossibly?) ambitious plan, here comes word from the other half of the Halo
movie project, Neill Blomkamp
, who tells Slashfilm, "I probably wouldn't do Halo
if it was offered to me."
It's not that Mr. Blomkamp has had a change of heart when it comes to the subject matter – "Creatively, it's very compelling. I love it," he says – but having poured "a lot of ... sweat and blood into Halo
" only to have it "bottom out and collapse" is sure to leave one jaded. On the other hand, the collapse of the Halo
project paved the way for District 9 –
the feature adaptation of his short film "Alive in Joburg" – which the South African-born director calls "more of a personal film." (More personal than a story about cyborg super soldiers on a ring-shaped planet?) For what it's worth, most video game adaptations haven't been stellar, and if early buzz on District 9
is to be believed, Blomkamp may have lucked out.
Oh, by the way, now's your big chance, Stuart Beattie