Last month, we learned that Steven Spielberg himself was in negotiations to pick up the dead Halo movie project and develop it himself (Read: A Beacon Of Hope Emerges For The D.O.A. “˜Halo’ Movie & Its Name Is Steven Spielberg). Whether this means the movie will ever finally be made or not remains to be seen, but it is exciting for those who are dying to see this happen. We first got a glimpse of what a movie version of the mega-hit game would look like when District 9 director Neil Blomkamp filmed his own live-action version as a promo for Halo 3, but unfortunately, a huge estimated movie budget killed that project off. Now, fittingly, for the release of the spinoff game Halo ODST, a new director in Rupert Sanders has made yet another live-action promo, and it looks pretty fantastic.
Blomkamp proved that a budget was really no issue if you spend your money wisely — he made District 9 look like it cost $115 Million when in fact it only ran $30 Million. Before Spielberg got involved, Blomkamp said that if the Halo movie did indeed come back to his table he would probably turn it down, so the question became “Who else could do it?” This is a question that apparently Rupert Sanders thinks he has the answer to.
Click on over to see both Blomkamp and Sanders’ live-action Halo shorts, and choose who you would rather helm the movie if it ever happens.
I personally love both of these videos; both are intense and raw and not nearly as colorful as the games were, as I would imagine it would be. The new video from Sanders actually has a Battlestar Galactica feel to me, which is pretty cool, too.
One more thing: let us not forget that Spielberg and Peter Jackson — who was set to produce the Halo movie — are currently working together on a trilogy of Tintin movies, so who knows what might be going on behind the scenes there!
Here are the videos. The new one from Sanders is first, then you can check out Blomkamp’s below that one. Share your thoughts below: we want to know whose style would you prefer to see directing the prospective live-action Halo movie!