Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp Bringing District 9
Mention of Neill Blomkamp elicits hopes of a Halo movie but unfortunately that won't be happening for quite some time. In the meantime, Peter Jackson will be produce, with Neill Blomkamp at the helm, a film titled District 9, a live-action sci-fi project. Blomkamp wrote the script with partner Terri Tatchell and will start filming this spring in South Africa. Jackson's Weta Workshop is fully standing by ready to provide the visual effects for the film as well.
Plot details will be revealed later and all that's known at the moment is the title and basic genre. Jackson has been incredibly confident in Neill Blomkamp all along, and even goes on to comment openly about him.
"For the last year, my team and I have had the pleasure of working very closely with Neill," Jackson said. "He has a passion and a command of the language of cinema that will result in 'District 9' fascinating people all over the world."
I just have a feeling that this could turn out incredible. A lot of it hinges on the fantastic set of short videos Neill created for advertising Halo 3 in September. Watch those and just imagine what a full-fledged sci-fi film would be like with the same style of action and intensity.
What it seems that they (being Peter, Microsoft, and everyone else involved on the Halo project) are trying to do is really get an entire movie under Neill's belt that comes out, makes money, starts a following, and proves his directing abilities, before they go back to seeking funding for the Halo movie. It's a great idea, it just means that the Halo project will continue to be on hold for quite a while. However, if the result is something truly great, then that will mean Neill has an even better starting point for Halo.