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Halo director "wouldn't do" film now

Blomkamp "probably better off" with sci-fi effort District 9

Ex-Halo movie director, Neill Blomkamp says he "probably wouldn't do" the Master Chief's big screen adaptation if it was offered to him again today.

The South African newcomer was lined up to helm the Halo flick before it collapsed thanks to money disputes between film studios. You can see his work in the Halo short below, but now Blomkamp's about to launch his excellent-looking Peter Jackson-produced debut, District 9 - which is basically the Halo film without the Halo.

"The answer is, I probably wouldn't do Halo if it was offered to me," the director told Slash Film. "But creatively, I would like to do it. It's kind of like I'd be sad to not work on it, but I would still say no... I worked on it for five months... I put a lot of sort of sweat and blood into Halo.

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"Creatively, it's very compelling. I love it. But, when you work that long on something and you have it bottom out and collapse... I mean, I got District 9 out of it, I think I'm probably better off because it's more of a personal film. But yeah, I love the world of Halo. I don't think I would go back there."

Would-be Halo exec producer, Peter Jackson said of the film yesterday: "District 9 was definitely born out of the Halo film ruins, and we wouldn't have seen this movie if Halo had gone ahead. I have always felt that if fate is taking you somewhere, don't fight it."

There's no way we'll be able to watch District 9 without imagining how great Master Chief on the big screen could've been.

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