Speilberg to Raise Halo from the Dead

Now that there seems to be some positive buzz behind District 9, it was only a matter of time before talks of the dead in the water Halo movie started back up again. The inexperienced director Neill Blomkamp has cut his teeth on a smaller film, and is now ready to try and prove himself in the Bigs. So all that doubt the studios (and money) had about him directing Halo now have a measuring stick to pit him against.

So bring it on. Halo is back.

Oh wait… It’s NOT going to have Peter Jackson or Neill Blomkamp involved? Who? Speilberg??

Chud shares:

Steven Spielberg is in negotiations to bring Stuart Beattie’s spec script Halo: The Fall of Reach, to Dreamworks, which is now partnered with Disney. Spielberg apparently sees the film as a possible tentpole to fill the hole left by Transformers, which stays at Paramount.

The script that was floating around the net got some pretty decent reviews, and the franchise is massive to begin with. Now that Speilberg has his mitts on it and is negotiating with Dreamworks trying to get involved, it is going to gain a lot of steam really fast.

They haven’t named a director or effects studio, so its too early to strictly rule out Blomkamp (the publicity buzz on that alone might make him contender) and Weta could put in a bid for effects. But I somehow feel they might just run with a clean slate on this one and avoid all the drama.

Personally I would like to see this as a full CGI film, but its likely to be live action special effects summer flick.

I can deal with that.

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17 thoughts on “Speilberg to Raise Halo from the Dead

  1. I have nothing bad to say about Spielberg.

    The only thing that bugs the hell out of me is the idea of Dreamworks/Disney making a Halo movie.

    1. It does seem odd, if you put it that way. But really Disney has been making non kid movies, in a way, for years now. Just under a the different name of Miramax.

      And as far as I know, since Drameworks is with Disney now, doesn’t mean they aren’t allowed to make non kids movies anymore. But I’m really not sure either. >_<

  2. TWO THINGS:

    * Stuart Beattie’s script was on spec. Bungi didn’t rape it yet.

    * Bungi cannot dictate to Spielberg how to jump or how high.

    That’s all I need to know at this time.

  3. Well I’m glad to see this back on the road again and much sooner then I was expecting.

    I want to see Speilberg directing, but if he doesn’t, then Neill Blomkamp is for sure my second choice.

    I haven’t read the Halo: The Fall of Reach novel yet myself, but I have heard good things about it. Really I lost interest in the Halo story line after Halo 3. I just felt it all ended very weak compaired to how strong it all started with the great story of the original Halo. I want the Halo movie to have an amazing story as good or better then the original game. Who ever gets the directing and writing gigs, if they redo the script, which I kind of hope they do, I hope they can make that happen.

  4. I agree with the Rodney on the CG part. I think that a hyper realistic mocap film similar to what James Cameron is doing with Avatar would be the perfect formula for this movie. For starters, they could cast some of the people who did the voices for the game to reprise their roles in the film. I just can’t see myself being able to accept another voice for Cortana other than Jen Taylor’s. But that’s just me. Another cool thing about the Fall of Reach story line is that it completely eliminates any controversy when it comes to revealing Master Chief’s (A.K.A John 117) face.

    1. It would be outstanding if the director signing on would be Bob Zemeckis, who would be reunited with his Back To The Future producer. Yeah. Halo ‘Beowulf’ style.

      I seriously doubt it though, but man, if that were so the net film community would lose their shit.

  5. As far as books based on videogames go, Halo: The Fall of Reach wasn’t bad. It definitely has movie potential.

    1. Agreed. All the books were really good, especially Ghosts of Onyx. Some will take this as blasphemy, but I enjoyed them more than the Thrawn trilogy. Many have said this before, but it’s tough to read the books without thinking what a great movie any of them would make. Can’t wait for ODST!

    1. I really don’t think that I would want to see a Halo movie “directed” by Peter Jackson. Don’t get me wrong, he is a fantastic director, but I think that his style (directing, not effects work) isn’t completely right for Halo. I would rather see someone fresh like Neil Blomkamp or someone who has already established themselves as a science fiction director such as James Cameron or even Speilberg.

    2. I agree having someone who has specialized in sci-fi before would be better for the role, but its better having a good director than having someone like Michael Bay who’s specialty is making ape shit crazy explosions and over the top action scenes.

    1. I wish he would. Him directing this could be phenomenal.

      But he’ll probably just produce, like he did Transformers, which he should of also directed himself. :'(

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