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Hollywood screenwriter, Stuart Beattie, who was responsible for Gears of War screenplay for New Line Cinema last year, has written the new Halo script. Word says that Microsoft like it and that they are discussing possible plans for it to be made.
Bettie beleives the old style Halo movie incaration is dead and is ready to release his vision, Halo: The Fall of Reach, a prequel to the first game. John Gaudiosi finds out what this vision is, in his interview for game daily. See the full transcript below.
And thanks to Blair Allan for sending us this news.
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Latino Review have the exclusive on some concept are released to coincide with Stuart Beattie’s Halo: Fall of Reach treatment which acts as a prequel to the Halo video game series. The image is by conceptual artist Kasra Farahani (previous work includes Spider-man 3 and Hancock) and is part of a larger presentation to Microsoft.
According to Latino writer El Mayimbe, there are some big time Hollywood professionals that are also major Halo fans that want to see this movie made — let’s not give up hope yet.
Neill Blomkamp’s first big screen work has also started a viral stir at SDCC, District 9 which looks very interesting. “For Humans Only”. Due for release next August, if this film can deliver the goods then the old Jackson/Blomkamp partnership may get its financial backing after all.
We can also look forward to five more concept images being released over the next few weeks, stay tuned.
MTV have pointed out Microsoft’s quietly added new job listings for the Jackson helmed, highly secretive Halo project:
“A Peter Jackson-helmed Halo project was announced at X06 in Barcelona,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. “Since then, Microsoft Game Studios has been hard at work collaborating with Peter Jackson and Bungie on the development of that project. At this time, it’s necessary to grow the internal team to keep pace with development. Bungie will continue to remain involved in multiple aspects of the Halo Universe with MGS.”
Who honestly knows what is going on with the Halo Movie adaptation at the moment? Last week Neill Blomkamp came out and stated that the movie in its current form was dead and that we shouldn’t look forward to a Halo Movie any time soon.
I’d seen stories like this before so I was a little reluctant to post the news article, that and it would mean the end of this blog, which isn’t something I look forward to. So I held on with what little hope I had left.
Seems like my hope wasn’t entirely in vain. This week Peter Jackson’s representative, Ken Kamins spoke to Computer and Video games. It first outlines the dastardly ways that Fox and Universal attempted to force the film makers to a less than opportune deal. Most importantly however, he states that everybody is supremely confident in Neill and that production is still underway and that give Halo 3’s $300 million in sales a number of movie studios have renewed interest.
We have all, by now, seen Neill Blomkamp’s brief E3 trailer which had been made in partnership with Weta Workshop. Now we can reveal the full life size replica, fully functional Warthog that Weta created for Blomkamp to use in his shorts. This is a thing of beauty.
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Many misleading reports have been filed about the purported re-firing of the Halo Movie engines. These reports assumed that a Halo GAME and FRANCHISE distribution deal, made by Fox, extended to the movie. This is not the case and NO MOVIE DEVELOPMENT plans have as YET been confirmed.
This deal does however look favourably on the Halo movie process and could initiate the future development. Though, as it stands, we are still not moving anywhere, our ignition is firmly set to off.
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