Neill Blomkamp, acclaimed director of sci-fi blockbusters like District 9 and Chappie, shares how he lost an ear while filming short films for Halo.
Neill Blomkamp says that when shooting a series of short films with Bungie to promote his iconic Halo franchise, the District 9 the director needed to have his ear reconstructed following an accident on the set.
Talk to Game Informer, Blomkamp explained that he needed plastic surgery following an incident involving a warthog, one of the Halo4×4 military vehicles. “I had to have my right ear reconstructed with a prosthesis with plastic surgery, it completely destroyed my right ear while doing these shorts. I was physically in the Warthog,” said Blomkamp, who goes on to describe how the The vehicle’s turret was locked in place using a specialized pin mechanism.
“… the cinematographer was attached to the other side with his own camera and we were shooting pieces of this short film,” Blomkamp continues. “Then the stuntman hit a bump at really high speed and threw us both out of the back of the Warthog. From the way we hit the bump, I was thrown straight into the gun. the rotating lock gun, which is solid steel gear, notice, and it just cuts off a piece of my ear. So the doctor on set had to pull me out, we were done shooting and that night I had to go for plastic surgery. “
The South African filmmaker is no stranger to the Halo franchise. After working on Halo Landing, the collective name of the shorts he shot, Blomkamp was asked to direct the live action Halo movie. The film had to stick closely to the narrative of Halo: combat has evolved, the groundbreaking shooter of 2001. Yet creative differences between Blomkamp and the film’s producers and spinoffs between the film studios (Fox, Universal, and Microsoft) led to the film’s cancellation.
After production on the Halo the film fell through, Blomkamp went on to produce several major sci-fi blockbusters. His most striking film, District 9, received several Oscar nominations. He also performed 2013’s Elysium and 2015 Chappie. His latest film, Demonic, launched on August 20.
While Blomkamp is Halo the film may have fallen through the cracks of bureaucracy, fans who want to see Master Chief on the small screen shouldn’t give up hope just yet. Live action Halo The series is currently in production for the Paramount + streaming service. The series stars Pablo Schreiber, Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Bentley Kalu and is slated for release in 2022.
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Source: Game Informant
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