In an interview with the Los Angeles Times' pop-culture page, Hero Complex, South-African filmmaker, and director of this week's highly anticipated sci-fi flick, Elysium, Neill Blomkamp stated how lucky he feels that the Halo film was never made. Wait, what? This is blasphemy! Explain yourself, Blomkamp.
According to the director--who was supposed to head the Halo film adaptation as his debut feature film back in 2006--budget constraints and the lack of a creative consensus led to the death of what was to be his breakthrough project, but generosity and "luck" were what eventually allowed him to go on and make his first full-length movie, District 9. Said Blomkamp, “The luck is the fact that Peter [Jackson] and Fran [Walsh] let me make [‘District 9’] out of the ruins that were Halo. What happened out of that was learning to trust my ideas. If Halo had come out and succeeded or failed, I wouldn’t have learned that.”
Well, I guess it's hard to blame him then. District 9 is an absolute masterpiece, and if it took the collapse of Halo to make a movie that good, then maybe this whole fiasco was actually for the best.
What are your thoughts? Do you wish you could've seen Master Chief make his silver-screen debut or are you glad you that it fell apart? Alas, this isn't the first time that the combination of film and video games hasn't ended well.