If this rumor is to be believed, a familiar face could be returning to help bring that live-action XBox One Halo series to life.
The story of Halo filmmaking is a complicated one, rich with lengthy periods of development hell. For a while it seemed like we would almost certainly get a live-action, big-budget Halo movie under the leadership of Peter Jackson, but it was not to be. In the end, despite persistent rumors that a movie would eventually happen, all we got were a few shorts and Forward Unto Dawn, a live-action webseries produced to coincide with the release of Halo 4.
But there's still plenty of hope for more live-action Halo awesomeness, even if it's not on the big screen. Last spring, while presenting all the goodies that come with the recently released XBox One, Microsoft and Halo developer 343 Industries announced a new Halo TV series that would be available to XBox One users sometime in the future, and to sweeten the pot, they announced that this series would be executive-produced by none other than Steven Spielberg.
Since then, we haven't heard much about this new live-action project, but according to Latino Review's El Mayimbe, the project has nabbed a director for the show's pilot episode, and that director is ...
Way back in 2007, before he'd even made his critically acclaimed sci-fi hit District 9, before he'd even made a feature film, Blomkamp produced three short films -- collectively titled Landfall -- to promote the release of Halo 3. He was also Peter Jackson's choice to direct that Halo feature film, but numerous production troubles made it impossible, and Blomkamp went off to make his own films. Now Latino Review has "trusted sources" claiming that Blomkamp is returning to the Halo universe to direct the pilot of Spielberg's new Halo series.
This is, of course, not confirmed information at the moment, but Blomkamp's said more than once in the years since leaving the Halo movie that the universe still interests him, so it's definitely a possibility. As for what this could mean for his future involvement for the franchise, well ... until we hear for sure whether he's involved at all, we can only guess.
What do you think? Is this a good time for Blomkamp to return to Halo?
(Via Latino Review)