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Aug. 5, 2013by: Jesse Giroux
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Last month Neill Blomkamp talked a little about his future films and why the HALO film was canned, but a new interview with Hero Complex has the director opening up a bit more about the failed project. Some may have though Neil Blomkamp was a little too honest harsh about why HALO failed in the previous interview, but in this new one the director says that not doing HALO was probably the best thing for him and a great stroke of luck

The luck is the fact that Peter and Fran 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.

After DISTRICT 9 was huge Neill Blomkamp had plenty of offers to helm big budget films, but he didn't forget about what happened with HALO:

It’s getting to the point now where WME (Blomkamp's agency William Morris Endeavor) just doesn’t send me stuff anymore. It’s not because I think I’m better than any of that stuff. There are many franchises out there I would love to participate in. The problem is when you agree to do that, you take a lot of the control that you have over your own creative destiny away from yourself.

Neill Blomkamp would have been perfect for HALO, but I would much rather see the director do his own thing. Whenever a director or actor is attached to a big film their hands tend to get tied by the studios, and Blomkamp is a director (in my opinion) that should be free to do what he wants with his movies. And it just goes to show you that some bad news now might not seem so bad after some time passes and you can look back at what could or could not have been.

You can check out Neill Blomkamp's next film ELYSIUM on Friday.

Extra Tidbit: Which franchise or big budget property would you like to see Neill Blomkamp work on if he had creative control?
Source: Hero Complex

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5:04AM on 08/06/2013

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Star Wars. Definitely Star Wars.
Star Wars. Definitely Star Wars.
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10:13PM on 08/05/2013
So ready to finally see Elysium.
So ready to finally see Elysium.
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7:26PM on 08/05/2013
I think that if the stars aligned and Neil had to direct a franchise installment... he would direct the shit out of a sequel to Dredd. My mind is blown just thinking about it!!!
I think that if the stars aligned and Neil had to direct a franchise installment... he would direct the shit out of a sequel to Dredd. My mind is blown just thinking about it!!!
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4:36PM on 08/05/2013
I really do want Neil to go do his own thing because I think that he has to establish himself a bit more before taking on something big. District 9 was a great movie, and I am really looking forward to Elysium, but he still a new director. If he takes on a big franchise and fails it, then it's a big mark on his relatively small career in Hollywood. So let him run a few original ideas, maybe one or two of his own films, then give him something big. I do think he is one of the best new directors,
I really do want Neil to go do his own thing because I think that he has to establish himself a bit more before taking on something big. District 9 was a great movie, and I am really looking forward to Elysium, but he still a new director. If he takes on a big franchise and fails it, then it's a big mark on his relatively small career in Hollywood. So let him run a few original ideas, maybe one or two of his own films, then give him something big. I do think he is one of the best new directors, but I'd hate to see him end up like Shyamalan and deflate after his third or fourth film.

Personally, I would love to see him do a Deus Ex movie, specifically one like Human Revolution. He has the right kind of mindset deal with the moral issues of the story and he's already done the sci-fi stuff extremely well. I think he could do a very good Deus Ex movie.
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11:13AM on 08/05/2013
It's always too bad when a filmmaker gets screwed over by the studio system and doesn't get to fulfil his vision, but it's great that Blomkamp eventually got District 9 out of the whole mess, and is also testament to how good a guy Peter Jackson is.
It's always too bad when a filmmaker gets screwed over by the studio system and doesn't get to fulfil his vision, but it's great that Blomkamp eventually got District 9 out of the whole mess, and is also testament to how good a guy Peter Jackson is.
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11:08AM on 08/05/2013
Tidbit: I think he would be perfect for a Half-Life movie.
Tidbit: I think he would be perfect for a Half-Life movie.
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