A metamorphosing sneaker, a dancing car-bot, a renegade android and now, Master Chief. Neill Blomkamp, repped out of RSA and Spy Films, has landed the director's seat on the upcoming feature film Halo, based on the popular video game, targeted for release in summer 2008. Microsoft released the news Wednesday, perhaps the biggest development since Universal and 20th Century Fox announced late last year that Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson and wife Fran Walsh would executive produce the feature out of their company WingNut Films. Blomkamp, a Saatchi New Directors showcase alum, is perhaps best known for his startlingly organic looking effects-driven work for Nike, Citroen and the recent adicolor "Yellow" short. Prior to directing, the South African-born Blomkamp was a seasoned effects artist who'd opened his own shop The Embassy in Vancouver. The director could not provide comment (sources say Microsoft's announcement was not OK'd by the studios)—but check out what Blomkamp offered up at our recent directors roundtable, where he made some surprising revelations about his approach.