Del Toro Torn Between "Hell" and a "Halo"

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It was news-gossiped about just a few days ago, but Empire Online was able to get the word straight from Guillermo del Toro's mouth: He has been in talks to direct the movie version of "Halo," but it seems that his "Hellboy 2" might manage to cause some scheduling problems.

"On the one hand, he is raring to go on "Hellboy 2," the sequel to last year?s cracking comic book adaptation, starring Ron Perlman as the red-skinned, demonic, wisecracking paranormal investigator.

The original made just under $100 million worldwide, but has done very well on DVD, prompting Sony Revolution to allow him and producers Lloyd Levin and Larry Gordon to develop a sequel. ?It?s going really good,? says del Toro, who?s completed a script. ?It?s about the fairy world and the mythical creatures all rebelling against humanity and saying it?s the end of mankind and it?s the season for the sons of the Earth. And basically Hellboy has to try to repress or suppress that rebellion.?

Sounds good. Perlman and the rest of the original cast ? including Selma Blair, Doug Jones, David Hyde-Pierce and Rupert Evans ? are all coming back, while Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is also on board. ?He should be reading the screenplay right now,? laughed Guillermo.

But ? and it?s a big but ? Hellboy 2 is still awaiting the big greenlight, before filming can take place (partially in the UK, fact fans). ?We?re budgeting,? said del Toro. ?I?m very much looking forward to it. I wanna do it. It?s still on the front burner, but it?s all about budget.?

On the back burner, but very much in Guillermo?s thinking, is Halo, a game that, with its fully realised alien worlds and bizarre creatures, is after del Toro?s own heart.

?Well, Halo is very much an interesting project because it?s so full of monsters,? he said. ?It?s a big temptation. I?m in talks with them [Universal and Bungie Films] and (producer) Peter (Jackson), but it?s not true that it?s on and Hellboy?s off. Hellboy?s on. If everything goes as planned, Hellboy will go.?

An avid gamer, del Toro has been a big fan of Halo for some time. ?Most of the time games don?t have an universe or creatures that interest me enough. And this one does. Master Chief [Halo?s mysterious hero] is such an iconic character and it?s very much a sort of a good version of [Hellboy villain] Kroenen.?"

For more of Mr. del Toro's thoughts on "Halo" and "Hellboy 2," check out the interview over at Empire Online.