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Neill Blomkamp and Peter Jackson getting a new flick off the ground called DISTRICT 9, plus some TINTIN rumors...

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a few Peter Jackson tidbits for you good folks out there. Firstly, the trades are reporting this morning that Jackson will be producing a flick called DISTRICT 9 for Neill Blomkamp to direct, which would lend credence to the rumors that they're not getting ready to launch HALO afterall. DISTRICT 9 is an original tale penned by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, a big sci-fi actioneer. There was talk of Blomkamp doing a live action version of his original short ALIVE IN JOBURG, so I can't help but wonder if DISTRICT 9 folds the events/setting of ALIVE IN JOBURG into a bigger story. Blomkamp will shoot in South Africa, just as he did JOBURG, so maybe so? Also of note is a rumor that hit that claims casting is underway in LA for TINTIN. I'm a little dubious because I'm pretty sure Jackson would be pretty seriously involved in the casting of TINTIN and I know at the moment he's directing THE LOVELY BONES in Philly, so that doesn't leave much time to cast in LA, even with the wonders of modern technology. TINTIN's a weird project, though, so it's possible the casting is going to be different, too. The TORN article also mentions that Spielberg will be shooting his TINTIN flick in LA, which doesn't jibe with what he told us at that little INDIANA JONES 4 mini-visit thing I did last month. He said then that he would be in Wellington shooting with Jackson, both sitting in on each others' shoot. Curious, but interesting nonetheless. Busy times for Mr. Jackson.

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  • Nov. 2, 2007, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I named the dog MICHAEL BAY!!!

    by Bill Brasky

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Blomkamp has style man!

    by MatDGZ

    And with PJ producing, hopefully there'll be a shit-hot film at the end of this. Ad there's no way The Beard would shoot in Wellington, in that land PJ IS KING!!!!

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 6:40 a.m. CST

    what the f is TINTIN?

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet


  • Nov. 2, 2007, 6:42 a.m. CST

    why even bother asking..

    by couP

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 6:56 a.m. CST

    I grew up on Tintin!

    by Spandau Belly

    Coke En Stock was my favorite. But this motion capture stuff creeps me out so I'll skip this movie and avoid having rotoscopovision nightmares like I did after that Final Fantasy movie.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Needs to work on Halo and Hobbit

    by Dazzler69

    Forget anything else. I hope the parop's hit him hard til he does those projects.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Let me see if I have this right...

    by Knuckleduster

    A "big sci-fi actioneer" set in Johannesburg? Yeah, kinda makes sense. Hijacking aliens, burglar droids... I'd watch that.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 7:22 a.m. CST

    You know who should be Tintin...

    by CarlosTheTackle

    Colin Hanks. And PJ has worked with him before. My god, he looks just like him.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 7:30 a.m. CST

    PJ sure is busy

    by The Jailer

    What happened to "The Dam Busters"? I thought that was his next after Lovely Bones.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST

    by meatygoodness

    Jackson's producing Dam Busters. Not directing. People seem to get these confused on this website.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Dream Schedule

    by The Chosen

    Do Lovely Bones, Tintin, then Hobbit, then Halo, then Dambusters, then Your Majesty's Dragons, then anything else he wants.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 8:02 a.m. CST

    thanks guys.

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    bunch of pricks.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 8:35 a.m. CST

    I thought a Blomkamp was...

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    ...receiving oral favors while sitting on the toilet?

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Colin Hanks

    by filmcoyote

    That's a great suggestion, dye his hair and he is Tintin. Between PJ working with him before and Spielberg's friendship with daddy Hanks he'd be an easy bag. Good thinking Carlos

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    That's a Blumpkin

    by Han Ol' Buddy


  • Nov. 2, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    if memory serves me at all...


    wasn't District 9 almost exactly the same as Halo with grunts and drop ships and even those nerdy little aliens as sort of assylum seekers!?<p>jUST MAKE fucking Halo!<P>!

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST



    Those Shaun of the Dead figures up there look Creepy Crappy!

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 9:27 a.m. CST

    How do we know DISTRICT 9 isn't HALO filming undercover?

    by Abin Sur

    Wouldn't be the first time it's been done...

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Just FORGET Halo!

    by performingmonkey

    It's not gonna happen. Even with Jackson onboard it still would have sucked. Avatar all the way, fu ckers!

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Ok...correct me if I'm wrong but....

    by Darth Macchio

    isn't Tintin like freakin Garfield except on TV and not as cynical? People are excited about this? A god damned show about a guy and his dog? SHIT! I'd much rather see the further adventures of Wallace and Grommit any day and twice on Sunday than god damn Tintin. Maybe it's just me...

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Quint, this sounds like Blompkamps debut

    by Datascream

    flick, to show Hollywood execs he can direct a feature length movie. I recall that being one of the reasons Halo never took off. Maybe this is just the way to open doors. Remember the Wachowski brothers had to do "Bound" before anyone would let them make the Matrix.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I'd love to believe Abin Sur's theory.

    by The Heathen

    Code names have been used before and if anyone thinks that the Halo movie will never happen then they might want to re-evaluate the gross that Halo 3 has made so far. Hollywood loves money, they might not have an eye for much of anything good or new, but they still loves the money and it will eventually happen. When it does, I can think of nobody better than Blomkamp and Jackson and I think the live action shorts are more than enough proof of what they could do. Watch the combined shorts in 'Landfall' and get back to me. <br> <br> Avatar is going to be awesome. I love Cameron. Wait, you did mean that one and not the air bender, M. Night one right?

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Forgive my ignorance, but

    by Regenhund

    what the hell is Tintin supposed to BE anyway? I have the vague feeling it's some sort of Euro-comic. What's the draw that brings El Spielbergo and the PJ in?

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Its pretty obvious that Blomkamp is the next big thing

    by Derek Wildstarr

    His documentary style mixed with real world robotics is stunning. Im excited for whatever he does as his full length dirctorial debut. District 9 sounds too similar in title to District B13 though, he might want to change it

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST

    To everyone asking what Tintin is,

    by raw_bean

    ...did google, wikipedia, and I don't know, THE WHOLE FUCKING INTERNET just cease to exist this morning while I wasn't paying attention?!

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST

    If PJ trusts Blomkamp...

    by Rakafraker

    ...then I'm optomistic that Neill will do alright. <p>Tintin was the best "A boy and his dog solving mysteries" comic that I can remember reading as a kid. It was part Indiana Jones, part Scooby-doo (if only for the personified dog, but not half as goofy), part Hardy Boys, and part Huckleberry Fin. <p>An ensemble supporting cast of quirky reoccurring characters gave it an odd Tim Burton/David Lynch meets Archie comics feel. Smart, but way fun for kids.<p>I wonder when we'll see an Asterix movie? <p>Not to hijack the thread, but whatever happened to the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers movie?

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 12:56 p.m. CST

    A feature from Blomkamp

    by decypher44

    can't come soon enough. The man has style coming out of his ears.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    is there some alternate universe

    by zooch

    where HALO and HOBBIT are being made? Cause I want to be apart of it. Instead we get Tintin?

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Big sci-fi actioneer shot in South Africa?

    by Dragon164z

    "District 9" my ass! All signs point to this being Halo. After the sales numbers of Halo 3, I don't buy that they can't get this movie made. That said, I'd be happy to be wrong. Blomkamp's Halo shorts were ridiculous, I hope that the eventual Halo movie is nothing like those.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Blomkemp is totally unproven.

    by Ash Talon

    I thought the Alive/Joburg (or whatever it was called) short was unimpressive. It was basically a showcase for effects and featured little storytelling ability. Certainly, it isn't reason for anyone to believe he can make a feature which needs storytelling ability and actually acting. He needs to be able to communicate with actors. Has he proven either of these skills? I know he's made other shorts and commercials (which I haven't seen), but I don't have any faith in this guy. "Style" alone doesn't make you a good director. Zach Snyder, Michael Bay, and David Slade all are very stylish directors. Unfortunately, none of them can create believeable characters or compelling stories.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 3 p.m. CST

    I like the guy who compares Tintin to Garfield...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    ...although, if you know Tintin, you have to wonder how they'll get around the blatant racism.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Tintin is the best

    by Evil Hobbit


  • Nov. 2, 2007, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Ash Talon

    by ewokstew

    He did this other short that is more narrative than his other work. I can't think of the name but it had Linda Carter in it and a few other people who had speaking parts. He seemed to have directed it fairly well but I agree his body of work as a whole doesn't build confidence. But then again, David Fincher directed commercials and music videos and gave us Se7en. All I know is that the guy is friggin' talented so I'll reserve judgement until I actually have something to judge.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Yeah screw HALO!

    by Fixthe Fernback

    while I enjoyed the games I felt that the story was nothing more than a weak backbone to give you an excuse to shoot. The characters were very poor especially. Now a Half-Life movie I would understand; far better characters and story line.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by godhelpus

    Blomkamp for the Half-Life 2 movie, much better fit, Hollywood you owe me for that idea

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 7:36 p.m. CST

    This is a Half_life 2 movie

    by RogueIntruder

    I remember District 9 from Half Life 2. I agree Godhelpus.

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 9 p.m. CST

    Does anyone really care about Tintin?

    by JoeSixPack


  • Nov. 2, 2007, 11:48 p.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    I'm very, very happy Jackson and Blomkamp won't be making "Halo". I generally abhor video game movies so I'm excited to read Blomkamp will direct an orginal story from a... gulp... original screenplay.<p> Fuck yes!<p> This is as it should be. I hope "District 9" kicks some ass.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 12:23 a.m. CST

    by Tourist

    "isn't Tintin like freakin Garfield except on TV and not as cynical?"...Um, no. Not even remotely. What the hell Tintin are you talking about?

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 2:03 a.m. CST

    "re-evaluate the gross that Halo 3 has made so far"

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Heathen, you said: "If anyone thinks that the Halo movie will never happen then they might want to re-evaluate the gross that Halo 3 has made so far. Hollywood loves money, they might not have an eye for much of anything good or new, but they still loves the money and it will eventually happen."<p>Except that's EXACTLY the problem. Hollywood DOES love its money -- which is exactly WHY the Halo deal imploded. Because Microsoft and Bungie were demanding too big of a piece of the pie upfront AND on the backend, to the point that even when Halo was going to be a two studio co-production to help offset costs they BOTH still walked away from the table, basically willing to tell Bill Gates, Microsoft, Bungie, Jackson et al "Screw it. It may be a big game, but there's no way you're making this economically feasible for us."<p>So frankly its BECAUSE of it's gross to date that a Halo movie hasn't happened. And after the zillions that HALO 3 raked in, you can bet that right now Microsoft and Bungie are still willing to hold firm on what they want, even though that only forces Hollywood to stand by its guns as well.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST


    by Ray Gamma

    HALF-LIFE 2 would make a much more interesting and exciting movie series than Halo. It has a much more substantial storyline and characters. And potential for some of the most ridiculous effects ever (gravity gun anyone?!!!)

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Tintin could be amazing...

    by workshed

    ...Herges' stories are exciting and full of suspenseful espionage and intrigue (if slightly suspect in it's portrayal of racist stereotypes lol).

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Oi Jackson

    by Felixspoons

    You beardy (not so) fat hobbit. Give us a new zombie flick.

  • Nov. 3, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST


    by aicndoesntwantmorecowbell


  • Nov. 4, 2007, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Agreed; storywise, Half Life 2 > Halo

    by oceanic86

    Alfonso Cuaron needs to direct the movie based on Half-Life 2. If it ever happens, he would be absolutely perfect. I just couldn't shake the feeling while watching Children Of Men, how amazing it would be.