Kotaku had a chance to quiz head of Microsoft Game Studios Phil Spencer and vice president of Strategy and Business Development Shane Kim at E3, trying to draw out of them as much Halo information as possible — touching on the movie in the process.
We continue to be in discussions with various potential partners. We’re so excited about the idea. We don’t have anything specific to announce but I can tell you that their continues to be tremendous interest. We wanna make sure, whenever we translate it to the big screen that its going to be a movie worthy of the IP. So we’re going to be very careful about how we proceed there.
Halo 3 let’s you drive a warthog, but not like this. Here is the Bungie team trying out a real life Warthog. If only they created some of those Covenant vehicles, maybe we’ll get to see some if the movie ever pulls itself into gear.
Doesn’t this just make you crave for a Halo Live Action movie? Neill Blomkamp really is something special, and imagine that combined with the mastery of Peter Jackson. Why isn’t this being made faster?
The second live action short film created by Neill Blomkamp and Weta has been leaked by GamerSyde. The colour seems a little off and it’s not great quality, but it’s the real deal. This time we get to see Warthog’s in action, Banshee’s and Covenant.
Doesn’t it just make you ache for a feature film? Rumors are abound what with the forthcoming Halo 3 release, these short sequences and the Fox publishing deal that the movie is being developed in secret. As far as I am aware this is not true. We can still hope however and I do believe this film will see the light of day.
Can you explain what that Halo short movie was about? Was it real time?
It was live action. What you saw was a short film that’s not related to any movie. Neill Blomkamp is the director, with Peter Jackson as executive producer, and he wanted to work on the Halo movie. The Halo movie is not in production. The studios that were involved, for whatever reason decided to back out of it, but we’re still very interested in talking to people in Hollywood about it.
In the meantime, we’re going to use these film shorts to help promote the Halo universe and get the world super excited and crazy for Halo 3. Neill did an amazing job on that short film. I’m a huge fan of the Halo universe, and watching that short film sent goosebumps all over. That’s Halo coming to life in a way that I think I lot of people can really get into it, even if they’re not videogame players. We think Halo can be one of those epic stories like Star Wars. We still have work to do, there’s no question about that, but we believe that Halo has the potential.
From the official press release,“A collaboration between Bungie Studios, director Neill Blomkamp, WETA Workshop and Origami Digital LLC, brings the first digital short depicting humanity’s struggle to save Earth.“This is our first official look at the creative brilliance that comes about when you combine the innovative thinking of Neill Blomkamp and the artistic talent of WETA. Just imagine throwing Peter Jackson into the mix. The Halo movie, if it ever gets going again, will be something truly special.
The Halo motion picture will be helmed by Neill Blomkamp, making his feature film debut. Blomkamp is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and original artists currently working in short films and commercial advertising. — Xbox.com
So who is this Neill Blomkamp I hear you say. Well his IMDB profile doesn’t reveal too much (IMDB). But given some further inspection we can find some truly stunning pieces that he is responsible for:
A native of South Africa, Blomkamp directed the acclaimed 2005 short film, Alive in Joburg, that depicted a future in which extraterrestrials have become refugees. Last year, Blomkamp also received three Clio Awards and a Visual Effects Society Award for his television commercial Citroen-Alive with Technology.See videos below
It is plain to see this man has an eye for originality and has almost perfect execution. Now all he needs do is transfer his talents to the world of motion pictures. My only concerns are his inexperience in coaxing and enthusing the best out of actors and a possible lack of leadership skills that a make a good director legendary. Though I am sure he will do just fine and with Peter Jackson and Weta behind him I can think of no one better to guide him through this transition. If his early work is anything to go by the Halo movie WILL be perfect. Let’s all cross our fingers; another great step has been taken.
His personal biography can be found here: http://www.spyentertainment.com/director_03.html A new breed of director, Neill Blomkamp has harnessed the powers of technology, art and creativity to bring the world imagery never before possible. Garnering his exceptional CG skills in an intelligent and specific manner, his forte is creating pure photo-real visualizations of concepts that not only can’t be photographed, but exists only in his imagination.
Recognizing that filmmaking is as organic as it is artificial; Neill has merged the two seamlessly, making a hybrid which feels unexpectedly authentic. He enjoys creating atmosphere in a spot where the concept is not only unique, but slightly bizarre.
From our forums: I think choosing a director like Blomkamp is an excellent decision which has given this film the best possible chance of being the first truly worthwhile video game adaptation. After watching those shorts I’m very impressed with his naturalistic directing style, the way everything seems to give off the appearance on of an almost documentary-like rawness. This roughness and mixture of the real and the fantastical I think is necessary to keep the Halo movie’s story from turning into a bloated Star Wars-esque space opera, much like Halo 2’s did. What made the original Halo’s world so fascinating to explore was the juxtaposition of the familiar within an alien environment, the way that the Halo both felt similar to Earth and at the same time completely foreign, and I’m hoping Neill can recapture this atmosphere. With him on board I’m now genuinely looking forward to watching how this film develops. — Legion
Alive in Joburg
An earlier piece of work that has made its way around the internet is this little gem: Tetra Vaal
And for those wondering what the Citroen ad looks like, it’s the one that makes us wish Transformers will be this good. We can only hope.