Spielberg to resurrect Halo?
Halo was dead as a project when Neill Blomkamp and Peter Jackson walked away from it, the reason was that the studios were too scared of cost and that Microsoft were holding on tightly to the bible of the Halo universe, unwilling to change things too much from the world we've seen in the games, as well as holding onto their cut of the profits.
Now though there's hope. Stuart Beattie's script that he wrote from the prequel novel Halo: Fall of Reach, has gained the keen eye of Steven Spielberg no less, and rumours are that Spielberg is in active negotiations to produce the film.
Going back to the reasons that the film failed for a second. It does astound me that Peter Jackson made Lord of the Rings and took home so much money for the studio thanks to a ready made audience, and the studios won't see the potential in Halo. Come on, they are all about the ready made audience, that's why they are insistent on making films from action figures, board games, video games, and so on.
As for the effects and the tight control, well they went through that with Lord of the Rings too, and we're watching them pile money into completely brand new projects such as Avatar where, to be honest, the only tried and tested part is the director.
Oh of course it will be successful, but imagine what Halo would pull at the box office with all the keen Halo gamers dying to go see it? Tie it in with a video game release that follows on from the end of the film too, and viola you're going to have the biggest earner ever.
Hold on though, let's make films about all-American action figures and 3D slide viewers.
There's not much more news in the story, but they do speculate that the newly separated DreamWorks are looking for a project to be their big flagship film, particularly as Transformers stayed with Paramount after the separation.
Apparently Spielberg loves gaming, he loves Stuart Beattie's script, is friends with Bill Gates and has been known to deal with them before.
To remind you of Beattie's script, here's the blurb for it I carried for it back in April 2008:
"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."
Certainly seems like it would address the costs, and perhaps the returns on the first film would give the studios the balls to go after the others, because let's face facts here, the CGI would be rampant in the next two films.
We're waiting for more news, but this could be a huge kick up the rear for the possibility of a Halo film, and with Spielberg doing the kicking we might just see a conversion.