Now that there seems to be some positive buzz behind District 9, it was only a matter of time before talks of the dead in the water Halo movie started back up again. The inexperienced director Neill Blomkamp has cut his teeth on a smaller film, and is now ready to try and prove himself in the Bigs. So all that doubt the studios (and money) had about him directing Halo now have a measuring stick to pit him against.
So bring it on. Halo is back.
Oh wait… It’s NOT going to have Peter Jackson or Neill Blomkamp involved? Who? Speilberg??
Steven Spielberg is in negotiations to bring Stuart Beattie’s spec script Halo: The Fall of Reach, to Dreamworks, which is now partnered with Disney. Spielberg apparently sees the film as a possible tentpole to fill the hole left by Transformers, which stays at Paramount.
The script that was floating around the net got some pretty decent reviews, and the franchise is massive to begin with. Now that Speilberg has his mitts on it and is negotiating with Dreamworks trying to get involved, it is going to gain a lot of steam really fast.
They haven’t named a director or effects studio, so its too early to strictly rule out Blomkamp (the publicity buzz on that alone might make him contender) and Weta could put in a bid for effects. But I somehow feel they might just run with a clean slate on this one and avoid all the drama.
Personally I would like to see this as a full CGI film, but its likely to be live action special effects summer flick.
I can deal with that.