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IESB are reporting that Steven Spielberg may be taking up the Halo movie gig, a couple years after his Tintin pal Peter Jackson dropped the project. There’s no conclusive proof and the rumor sources are “studio executives” and “close ties to CAA”; what do the rumors say?
“[Steven Spielberg is] currently in active negotiations to develop the feature film adaptation”
The story is hyped up with details of Spielberg’s video game hobbies and suggested fascination of the latest Stuart Beattie “Fall of reach” script, aka a Master Chief back story originally written in 2001 by Erik Nylund. We’re taking this one with a grain of salt. BUT, it is good to see the Halo movie back in the limelight — one day, maybe, it will hit the big screens.
IESB has learned exclusively (believe me this is solid and I’ve confirmed it three times over with studio executives and our close ties to CAA) that one of the biggest producers in Hollywood history is currently in active negotiations to develop the feature film adaptation and no it’s not Jerry Bruckheimer or Peter Jackson. It’s the man behind Jaws, E.T., Indiana Jones and Transformers, Mr. Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg is blown away by writer Stuart Beattie’s take on the game in his script entitled HALO THE FALL OF REACH. This coupled with the fact that his Dreamworks umbrella is looking for a big tent pole to help launch their newly independant studio with distribution over at Walt Disney Pictures after losing Transformers to Paramount in the separation, it’s the perfect combination.
Latino Review got the scoop on this little gem — all news is good news for the Halo Movie, which is currently on hiatus. This has been announced on April fool’s day — so be wary. Though they do boldly say “this is not an April fool’s”:
In an effort to get the ball rolling again, I just learned that big time G.I. JOE screenwriter STUART BEATTIE has written a spec screenplay called HALO: FALL OF REACH, and it’s based on the best selling novel of the same name by Eric Nylund.
A spec screenplay is when you write a script on your own without being paid a dime for it in the hopes that it could sell
Stuart was commissioned to write SPY HUNTER, SPLINTER CELL, and GEARS OF WAR for various studios. His G.I. JOE script is the one that got Paramount to greenlight the $170 million dollar movie which is shooting now.
HALO: FALL OF REACH is a labor of love by Beattie in the hopes of finally getting the movie made.
The Premise 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 élite 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.
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.
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.
Rumors are abound with reports that a third screenwriter is being called upon to look over and modify the existing Halo screenplay. Variety reports that “A History of Violence” writer Josh Olson is in the mix.
It seems Microsoft (via the Xbox.com website) have removed the Neill Blomkamp announcement, the previous URL now leads to a 404 page error. There can be a number of explanations for this:
The announcement may have been premature
This could suggest the contract details or some other finer points had not been concluded at the time of publication. This would call for a retraction of the statement to conform with a confidentiality clause.
The article was wrong
It’s possible that someone could have screwed up or alternatively messages may have been mixed. Neill Blomkamp’s role may not be as big as director, he could just be running the special effects department. But considering the AICN interview and the words from Blomkamp’s mouth this is highly unlikely.
The site messed up
It’s just a problem with the site — I like this explanation.
Well this is all just speculation; such activities are confusing and in the past have pointed to PR disasters etc. My hunch is that this is nothing but I bring it to your attention anyway just in case.
News has been short of late. With Microsoft’s attempts to force this into cinemas as fast as humanly possible they must surely be disappointed at the rate the schedule is progressing. Or maybe they have re-evaluated and re-calculated the production times of both game and movie and may now opt for a release that is not simultaneous, or even within the same year. *shrug*
However, it seems Movies Online has a brief update concerning the status of the script. They categorically state that Alex Garland, the acclaimed British writer, is no longer providing the drafts for the adaptation, but D.B. Weiss is instead on his second. How good is he? What has he written before? Who knows, his IMDB page is blank. Let’s hope he is not a patsy to the whims and wills of the megacorps. And that may be true if he did indeed only complete the game on Easy! 1Up also has a feature here: 1Up and of course the full interview is here GameSetWatch
Some other news you may have come across recently are the rumours that Denzel Washington is to be cast as Master Chief. Originating from Dark Horizons, to quote: “Halo: Latest rumours have Denzel Washington as the favourite for Master Chief.” That is all. This is nothing but rumour and likely entirely unsubstantiated. I’d personally see him as a Sarge. Following this internet flurry there was a quick and brief rebuttal which appeared on AICN stating: “Master Chief will not be removing his helmet at any point during the film. (…) Can you see Denzel Washington signing up for a film where he won’t be seen at any point?”
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