Halo short film : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BaVb2TlWb0
When Blomkamp made District 9, like the rest of world I saw it as innovative and really exciting. His short film on Halo only added to that excitement. The combination of Blomkamp as director and Peter Jackson as producer was a mouthwatering prospect.
Alas, it never came to be. Blomkamp in the meantime has delivered Elysium and Chappie. Visually both beautiful films, but that’s where the praise stops. Characters in both films felt underdeveloped. Plots and stories felt disjointed.
This has created a worrying trend. District 9 is a clear career high. But ever since, Blomkamp is struggling to match that. A recent interview with Total film revealed a lot about his thinking.
Blomkamp in the interview stressed how much he loves illustrations and concepts. But he wasn’t interested in reading stories at all. Stories meant nothing to him.
George R.R. Martin in a interview with the Sunday Times a few months back stressed anyone can come up with an idea, it’s the execution that marks people out.
That’s Blomkamp’s weakness. He has wonderful ideas and concepts. Elysium screamed potential, but the execution just wasn’t there to match the potential. Blomkamp has a brilliant mind, but he needs a serious scriptwriter that will bring balance to his concepts.
He can go to be a one of the top Sci-fi directors of all time. Potential is there. However, if he doesn’t match his concepts with solid stories. His vision for a new Alien film will flop despite serious promise with his illustrations.
Otherwise, he will be on borrowed time and will only be able to point back at early promise of District 9. There is only so long he can do that.