Say Halo to my Little Friend

STOP THE PRESS – The Halo movie is back.  The once Peter Jackson. Neil Blomkamp project that was canned when, allegedly, Jackson wanted too much money has been picked up by the high king of Hollywood.  Steven Spielberg. IESB claims that Spielberg has become a big fan of the game’s rather detailed universe and, more to the point, is in active negotiations to secure a script based on a spin off novel named HALO:  FALL OF THE REACH.

It would seem this will be Dreamworks’s replacement for the Transformers franchise now that they’ve split from Paramount… which for everyone with any sense of taste will agree is a good thing.  Fucking Transformers…

Of course Spielberg’s position will most likely be that of exec producer again so it will mean they need a director and though it would be fantastic to think Blomkamp would be considered I think they’ll be looking more along the lines of a blockbuster helmsman.  As horrible as the result was he certainly made a fantastic financial decision to bring in Michael Bay for Transformers.  Let’s hope he balances his business smarts with some genuine quality smarts this time around.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we hear the name of someone like Gore Verbrinski (currently working on Bioshock) in the next few weeks.

Here’s an extract from Latino Review‘s description of the script:

The script is, first and foremost, a character-driven story about a soldier named John who was kidnapped or “conscripted” by the UNSC when he was just six years old, and then brutally trained to become an elite Spartan warrior known as Master Chief 117.

The script then takes us through the horrific first contact with the Covenant hordes on the doomed colony world of Harvest, and then climaxes with the spectacular fall of the UNSC forward base on Reach, during which every other Spartan is slaughtered.

The script also gives detailed outlines for the second movie, HALO: RISE OF THE FLOOD, which takes place entirely on the Halo ringworld, and the third and final movie, HALO: BATTLE FOR EARTH, which roughly follows the events of Halo 3, the game.

One cool advantage of this first script is that (like the shark in JAWS) you don’t even see the Covenant until halfway through the movie. And because all the creatures are CGI creations, this cuts the budget down dramatically and makes a first Halo movie that much more viable. For Halo fans, it’s like the prequel that provides all the answers to questions they’ve thought about for years. For non Halo fans, it’s an exciting action movie that provides a clear, concise introduction to a world five hundred years in the future with relatable characters and a terrifying alien menace.

Thanks to G for the news.

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