Hollywood has been trying to make a Halo movie for the best part of a decade, but the most recent effort - with Peter Jackson producing and District 9 director Neil Blomkamp at the helm - fell apart in 2007.
At the time, Blomkamp ruled out a return to the project if it got off the ground. "I worked on it for five months... I put a lot of sort of sweat and blood into Halo," he told Slashfilm. "Creatively, its very compelling. I love it. But, when you work that long on something and you have it bottom out and collapse...I love the world of Halo. I dont think I would go back there."
It seems the passage of years may have changed his mind, however. "I still really love the world and the universe and the mythology of Halo," Blomkamp has told IGN. "If I was given control, I would really like to do that film."
He's clearly not kidding about his love for the franchise. As well as directing live action promotional films for Halo 3 back in 2007, his new movie - the Matt Damon-starring sci-fi adventure Elysium - takes place on a giant space ring that looks very familiar.
Will a Halo movie ever get in front of cameras? Microsoft certainly wants it to happen, and the project is not without high profile supporters. Steven Spielberg, no less, has expressed interest in helping to make it a reality.For now, we've always got the games. Halo 4, was released last year for Xbox 360, recently received its third and final multiplayer DLC update in the shape of the Castle Map Pack. It's really very good.