Back before the software for Xbox One was showcased by Microsoft, the house of Bill Gates held a debut event for its console that focussed almost solely on the features and media that would be arriving on the platform at a later date. One of the biggest announcements to come from the event, if not the biggest announcement, was that Microsoft and Steven Spielberg would be collaborating on a Halo television series – with plans to air the content on the Xbox One.
Details on the project have been largely missing in action ever since it was first announced, with the exception being the leadership shuffle that’ll better aid 343 Industries as it tries to push as it breaks the Halo franchise through into other mediums. Now word has come that Spielberg and Microsoft have settled on a director for the planned television series’ pilot episode, and the name will be familiar for those that followed past developments pertaining to the once planned Halo movie.
According to Latino Review and the site’s anonymous source, the man lined up for the project is none other than Neill Blomkamp – the director behind Elysium and District 9. Blomkamp took many of the ideas that were left over from the pre-production stages of the scrapped Halo film and implemented them into District 9, but the director has expressed interest in returning to Master Chief’s universe at some point in the future.
Taking his passion for the franchise into consideration (not to mention the copious amount of talent he’s demonstrated in the past) and Blomkamp seems like a no-brainer when it comes down to deciding which director will work with Microsoft’s blockbuster Halo property. Although the rumored Ridley Scott Halo production made sense given how viable of a candidate he’d be for the sci-fi property.
Right now this is all just a rumor, barring any announcements from either Microsoft or producer Steven Spielberg in the near future, so take this news with a grain of salt. That said, there are few people as qualified as Neill, and his past interest/involvement with the Halo series seem to only give credence to this rumor.
Do you think Blomkamp is the right man for the job? What other candidates should Microsoft and Spielberg be eyeing up?
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Source: Latino Review