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Rumor: Neill Blomkamp To Direct Pilot For Steven Spielberg Produced 'Halo' TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2014 1:23 PM
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Despite once calling his attempt to make "Halo" into a feature film a "clusterfuck," Neill Blomkamp has never entirely ruled out the possibility of taking on the video game adaptation again, down the road. “I actually still really like the universe and the world of ‘Halo’ and the mythology of ‘Halo’,” he explained in 2012, though that did come the caveat that he would need total creative freedom.

Microsoft Squashes Rumors Of Ridley Scott-Produced 'Halo' Movie

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 15, 2014 9:17 AM
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Ridley Scott, The Counselor
In addition to the ever-growing list of projects he’s eyeing to direct, Ridley Scott has also accrued other projects he intends to only produce, a large list in its own right. And while it’s not surprising that Monday morning brought news of yet another Scott-produced film, what did set tongues wagging was the future film’s multi-billion dollar source material.

Steven Spielberg To Executive Produce 'Halo' TV Series For Xbox Live

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 21, 2013 3:22 PM
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Given that there's original content on streaming services Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix, it was only a matter of time before the game consoles got in on the action. Today during an overlong and somewhat confusing press conference for the new Xbox system (unimaginatively dubbed Xbox One,) it was announced that Steven Spielberg would be exec-producing an original television series for Xbox's Xbox Live streaming service based on the phenomenally popular series of "Halo" videogames. The series will be produced in conjunction with game studio 343 Studios.

Neill Blomkamp Says There Were Too Many Cooks In The 'Halo' Kitchen, Talks Sequels & Franchises

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 9, 2013 12:34 PM
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Sony Pictures are finally on the promotional path for "Elysium," the Matt Damon-starring sci-fi film, written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, the filmmaker behind "District 9." Like his Peter Jackson-produced debut, which was set in a post-apocalyptic future in Johannesburg, dealing with issues like apartheid, xenophobia, poverty and slums, "Elysium" also blends mind-blowing action and effects with social concerns and textures this time featuring a 1% elite upper crust on a space station, and the 99% social class on a overpopulated and over polluted planet Earth below.

Exclusive: Neill Blomkamp Talks Politics Of 'Elysium,' "Nightmare" Of 'Halo' & Teases More 'AGM Heartland' On The Way

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2012 2:57 PM
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Yesterday, Neill Blomkamp hit Hall H at Comic-Con with seven minutes of footage from his sophomore feature film effort, "Elysium." The "District 9" director was returning to San Diego as a bit of a hero, having unveiled his first feature at the convention to a rapturous reception and subsequent critical and box office success. But as fans know, Blomkamp nearly made his debut with the Peter Jackson-produced "Halo," an experience he has not minced words about, describing it earlier this year as "a clusterfuck from day one." But, sitting down to chat with our own Jeff Otto, he reveals: "I think 'Halo' was a complete blessing in disguise. I have no idea what would've happened to my career if I had done that."

"It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 5:29 PM
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There are few franchises in recent memory that were announced with as much excitement only to collapse as spectacularly as the proposed video game movie "Halo." Trumpeted with great fanfare in 2005, the expensive project was seen as the next big blockbuster, with the promise of a built-in, worldwide fanbase, and despite the cost, two major studios teamed up to make it happen. But as these things go, the ink was barely dry on the deal before things went south, development stalled, contracts tried to be renegotiated and eventually, the whole thing sputtered out in a rather ugly mess.

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