In an article from LA Times, Neill Blomkamp – director of District 9 and the upcoming Elysium - said not making the Halo movie is one of the best things to have happened in his career.
It’s not as blunt as it sounds though.
Blomkamp said were it not for the collapse of the Halo movie, which he was going to work on with Lord of the Rings’ Peter Jackson, District 9 would have never seen the light of day. The Halo movie failing to launch also taught Blomkamp valuable lessons as well.
“The luck is the fact that Peter and Fran [Jackson's wife] 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.”
With the wild success of District 9, Blomkamp was given the chance to work on other projects, but because of District 9, it made him realize he wanted to focus on his own projects.
“It’s getting to the point now where [his agency] WME just doesn’t send me stuff any more. 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. 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.”
What do you think? Would you want to see the Halo movie if it meant giving up District 9? Is District 9 prawn crap compared to what a Halo movie could be? Let us know in the comments below or by answering the poll.
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