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Microsoft hiring Halo team for Peter Jackson April 27th, 2008

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.”

Stuart Beattie writes a Halo Treatment April 2nd, 2008

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.

Bungie experience real life Halo Weapons January 22nd, 2008

eta have been kind enough to send Bungie some of their real life Halo movie props. In this week’s update Bungie decided to share some pic­tures with us…

Halo Movie still in Production October 31st, 2007

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.

Handling on the real life Warthog October 2nd, 2007

Halo 3 let’s you drive a warthog, but not like this. Here is the Bungie team try­ing out a real life Warthog. If only they cre­ated some of those Covenant vehi­cles, maybe we’ll get to see some if the movie ever pulls itself into gear.

Halo Live Action Short, Part 3 September 25th, 2007

Doesn’t this just make you crave for a Halo Live Action movie? Neill Blomkamp really is some­thing spe­cial, and imag­ine that com­bined with the mas­tery of Peter Jack­son. Why isn’t this being made faster?

Oh, and I hope you are all enjoy­ing Halo 3!

Welcome to Movie Chronicles September 18th, 2007

A blog net­work deliv­er­ing the lat­est news updates on a range of in-production block­buster movies.

Alex Garland’s Script Leaked September 11th, 2007

RUMOR has it that Alex Garland’s treat­ment of the Halo sub­ject has been leaked onto the inter­net, via Bit­Tor­rent in a PDF for­mat. At least this is the case made by 1Up. They claim that the script itself, found via one of their forum mem­bers, shows a num­ber of par­al­lels with the Latino Script review from Decem­ber 2005 (back when the movie was in development).

1Up have pasted some pages from the script show­ing the intro­duc­tion and intended finale and setup for a sequel. Warn­ing, SPOILERS herein.

This ver­sion has since been aban­doned, pro­duc­tion instead opt­ing for a rewrite by D.B.Weiss.

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