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Frank O’ Connor discusses Halo, beta, film and all May 13th, 2007

Joys­tiq were at the Halo 3 pub­lic beta event in New York this week and they had the oppor­tu­nity to inter­view Frank O’Connor, Bungie’s writ­ing lead — you prob­a­bly all know him from the reg­u­lar Fri­day updates he posts.

Here’s what he had to say about the on-hiatus Halo film that we haven’t heard much about in the past few weeks:

How about the movie? What’s hap­pen­ing there? I imag­ine that in your posi­tion that you’re also respon­si­ble for the writ­ing on that.

Well, we cer­tainly work with them on the story bible, but they have Hol­ly­wood script writ­ers. They’re not just gonna let me sit and write a movie. But the movie’s on hia­tus right now. They need to sort out the finances, the pol­i­tics of it. It’s really com­mon in the movie indus­try for would-be com­peti­tors to coöper­ate on prod­ucts, and you add a stu­dio and a big cor­po­ra­tion like Microsoft in the mix and it’s really com­pli­cated. I per­son­ally wish that we kept up the momen­tum with the movie so that I could see it next year. That’s not going to hap­pen. But tech­ni­cally the movie is still a work in progress that will hap­pen one day so we’re just wait­ing until everything’s right and all our ducks are in a row to make it hap­pen properly.

Are Microsoft, and Peter Jack­son as pro­ducer, still wed­ded to Neil Blomkamp as direc­tor? That was one of the prob­lems that the financiers had.

That was one of the rumors. It’s a lot more com­pli­cated than that. But Neil Blomkamp is still work­ing really closely with Peter Jack­son. Hon­estly, I’d be really curi­ous to see what Neil Blomkamp — if you’ve seen any of his shorts — what he could do with the phys­i­cal­ity of the Mas­ter Chief. See­ing the Mas­ter Chief in video games is one thing; he’s run­ning around with guns and rocket launch­ers. I’d like to see him tak­ing out some trucks bare-handed, clam­ber­ing across rooftops, leap­ing from build­ing to build­ing, in a way that you can only really do in a movie. You can take such artis­tic lib­er­ties with the game­play ele­ments, that I think Neil Blomkamp would be able to do some­thing fan­tas­tic but I lit­er­ally don’t know if he would be the direc­tor who made the movie even­tu­ally. I have no idea.

He’s cer­tainly an inter­est­ing choice, a unique choice.

As a direc­tor, he cer­tainly speaks to the mil­i­taris­tic, real­is­tic sort of anachro­nis­tic almost, human ele­ment that we have in the game. If you look at Halo, you’ll see that human tech­nol­ogy in the 26th cen­tury is barely changed from the 21st. I think he’d be able to do some really inter­est­ing things with atmos­phere as well as with action.

So it looks like things are still going to head for­ward some­time in the future, just the nitty gritty busi­ness deals and fund­ing to get sorted, as per usual. Also… bring on the Halo 3 beta (did you all get your Halo 3 beta invite?), I think we’re all look­ing for­ward to it.

Full inter­view at Joys­tiq, read on for info about Halo 3 mul­ti­player, story lines and Peter Jackson’s episodic content.

Crossing the Line April 24th, 2007

Despite the Halo Movie’s appar­ent pause, Neill Blomkamp and Peter Jack­son con­tinue to work together. The recently sur­faced “Cross­ing the Line” clip using the high tech Red 4k has been writ­ten and directed by the pair. Check it out at the Red user forums, down­load links at the bottom.

Also, look­ing for­ward to the Halo 3 pub­lic beta?

Keep things ticking over March 31st, 2007

We’re get­ting reports of all sorts of video game to movie adap­ta­tions, they seem to be spring­ing up left, right and cen­tre. But noth­ing new on the Halo movie front — it seems like the pro­duc­tion is still in its deadly limbo mode. All we can do is hope for some big announce­ment in the near future and keep our fin­gers crossed.In the mean­time how­ever I will bring up a cou­ple of lit­tle treats I have come across.

Firstly, there’s an arti­cle look­ing at the recent spate of video game adap­ta­tions here which goes into some details about the Halo project, here are some quotes from Peter Jack­son and Microsoft rep­re­sen­ta­tives that are in the article:

“My goal is not just to make ‘Halo the Movie’ a great film adap­ta­tion of a great game,” he says. “I really want it to be a great science-fiction action film. I want it to be a great movie in its own right.” […] “We real­ize there’s not a great track record there,” he says. “That’s why it was so impor­tant to part­ner with some­body like Peter Jack­son. It’s about as close to a guar­an­tee as we could get that this is going to be a high-quality movie with high-production val­ues and good sto­ry­telling.” […] “For me, the Mas­ter Chief is like the Clint East­wood — Dirty Harry — was for us when we were grow­ing up,” Lee says. “He could poten­tially be that for the kids grow­ing up today.”

Rumours do con­tinue to fly, but a nice one is the pos­si­bil­ity of some Halo Movie con­tent appear­ing as a bonus with Halo 3 (in the leg­endary pack maybe?). Maybe some con­cep­tual art­work; with pro­duc­tion on hold we shouldn’t really hope for much more. Many sites are claim­ing teaster trail­ers et al, but I think that’s a bit much to expect. Peo­ple have also reported to me rumours of Microsoft wait­ing for Mar­vel to develop their own film stu­dio as they have tie ins with the Halo graphic novel. How­ever I think this is just spec­u­la­tion and such a wait would impose sig­nif­i­cant delays.

Finally, here is a very nicely FAN made trailer that pulls together a lot of Halo 3, Halo Wars, Halo 2 and ran­dom tid-bits to cre­ate an inter­est­ing pic­ture of what the Halo Movie could achieve.

Squabbling amongst the studios February 13th, 2007

Dead­line Hol­ly­wood Daily reports that Fox and Uni­ver­sal are fight­ing over the $12m Halo movie pre-production costs, the slew of the prob­lems come as Fox refuse to pay for the split costs 50–50, claim­ing that Uni­ver­sal stu­dios should have asked per­mis­sion to split these costs before­hand. In response, Uni­ver­sal are threat­en­ing to sue Fox to force them to pay what they believe they right­fully should.

It’s all quite funny.

The Silence December 16th, 2006

I have just fin­ished watch­ing Ing­mar Bergman’s “The Silence” and it seems like an apt title for the pro­ceed­ings of the Halo Movie. Since the announce­ment that this Halo adap­ta­tion was going on hold we have heard nigh pip nor squeak, except maybe a soli­tary arti­cle enti­tled “The 5 things you didn’t know about the Halo movie” which cov­ers every­thing we already know and noth­ing more.

The hope­ful announce­ment amidst the Wii and PS3 releases was that of a Halo 3 pub­lic beta and a now aired Halo 3 commercial:

Well, amidst this desert of media activ­ity I bid you Happy Christ­mas, “for one and all”.

Peter Moore comments on Halo Movie November 11th, 2006

Peter Moore has spo­ken out about the Halo Movie adap­ta­tion in an MTV inter­view. He states that since the project was placed on offi­cial hia­tus there have been a num­ber of vis­its to Weta’s stu­dios in New Zealand by inter­ested par­ties to check out the pre­lim­i­nary devel­op­ment of the movie. In his own words, he continues:

“While we have no deals to announce, every­one in Hol­ly­wood is look­ing at it. For the mag­ni­tude of what the script is — I’ve read the screen­play — and what we need to do to uphold the ‘Halo’ uni­verse for its legion of fans in the way they want to see a movie being made, no, it won’t be next year.”

Full Arti­cle at MTV​.com

Halo Movie Officially Postponed October 31st, 2006

Well, given the pre­vi­ous state­ments con­cern­ing the movie’s con­tin­ued progress this is most def­i­nitely a shot to the gut. The offi­cial state­ment via Peter Jack­son and Microsoft’s WingNut Films goes like this:

As was pre­vi­ously con­firmed, we deeply regret that both Uni­ver­sal and Fox did not choose to move for­ward with financ­ing the Halo film under the orig­i­nal terms of the agree­ment. At this time Peter Jack­son and Fran Walsh, along with their part­ner, Microsoft, have mutu­ally agreed to post­pone mak­ing a fea­ture film based on the Halo video game uni­verse until we can ful­fill the promise we made to mil­lions of Halo fans through­out the world that we would set­tle for no less than bring­ing a first class film to the big screen. We are fully sup­port­ive of Direc­tor Neill Blomkamp’s vision of the film. Neill is a tremen­dously gifted film­maker and his pre­lim­i­nary work on Halo is truly awe-inspiring. While it will undoubt­edly take a lit­tle longer for Halo to reach the big screen, we are con­fi­dent that the final fea­ture film will be well worth the wait.

Please note POSTPONED does NOT mean can­celed. So many news arti­cles claimed Game Over for the Halo movie, it’s not over, it’s an unfor­tu­nate set back.

AintitCool’s Quint also has a com­men­tary on this predica­ment.
Com­ing­Soon — Fur­ther coverage.

A Third Screenwriter, Josh Olson? October 28th, 2006

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.

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