Microsoft Still Wants To Bring HALO To The Big Screen

The next installment of the popular game franchise, HALO: REACH, hits stores this September 14th. While promoting the new game's launch, Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor also touched base on Microsoft's continuing interest in adapting HALO to a feature length film.

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"We're still interested in making an excellent 'Halo' movie," O'Connor says. "We've created an awful lot of documentation and materials to support a feature film. We have a good idea of what kind of story we want to tell, but won't move on it until there's a great reason to do it. We're in no particular hurry."


HALO is a science fiction video game franchise; the first trilogy centers on the experiences of the Master Chief, a cybernetically-enhanced human super-soldier, and his artificial intelligence (AI) companion, Cortana. The Master Chief aids future humanity in battling the Covenant, a theocratic alliance of alien races that worship an ancient civilization known as the Forerunners, and a parasitic organism known as the Flood. In this science fiction setting, the term "HALO" refers to Halo megastructures: large, habitable ringed structures,

As you may recall, Peter Jackson's WETA Digital had created test footage featuring vehicles and visual effects in an effort to get a Halo movie greenlit (seen below). Due primarily to budget concerns, the project never went further; but the test footage motivated Jackson to work with it's director, Neil Blomkamp, again on District 9.

Were a HALO film to eventually get made, O'Connor points out that it's story line would likely be a standalone one and not be "a verbatim retelling of the game". Microsoft, who retain the movie rights to any HALO movies, is also looking towards television as a potential outlet for a future series..

Variety states that Microsoft is still developing scripts by Alex Garland, Stuart Beattie, D.B. Weiss and Josh Olson as potential blueprints.

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ckal

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@Bryan- Nice find man

Yeah I could get behind this, as long as it is anything like the test footage clip. That was pretty awesome and seemed to capture the general feeling of Halo.

Would have loved to see Blomkamp do his thing with it though.

Bryan Kritz  |  Managing Editor

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Thanks ckal! I doubt Jackson or Blomkamp will touch Halo again since they got shot down not too long ago. Variety makes an interesting point that just over 5-6 years ago studios balked at an escalating $135 million dollar price tag and now Battleship (???) is getting made at over $200 million.

ckal

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Bryan Kritz wrote:

Thanks ckal! I doubt Jackson or Blomkamp will touch Halo again since they got shot down not too long ago. Variety makes an interesting point that just over 5-6 years ago studios balked at an escalating $135 million dollar price tag and now Battleship (???) is getting made at over $200 million.

Yeah I seriously can't understand Battleship. I was wondering what they would do with it and apparently they turned it into an alien invasion movie...sigh...whatever

Personally, I think the Halo craze has been down for a long time, but it should probably pick back up again in the coming weeks with the release of the heavily anticipated Halo: Reach. Maybe that will jump start the production process somewhat and $135 mil won't seem to large anymore

Captain America

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BLAM BLAM!

UberGeek

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Samaritan

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J.J Abram's name is written all over this! I wanted Halo in Hollywood ever since I layed my hands on Combat Evolved.

Phinehas

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I would personally prefer a verbatim retelling of the game! Especially the first one. The subsequent Halo games were subpar, imo, and I am not that interested their stories.

ckal

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Phinehas wrote:

I would personally prefer a verbatim retelling of the game! Especially the first one. The subsequent Halo games were subpar, imo, and I am not that interested their stories.

I remember when I first got XBOX and it came with a few games, one being Halo: CE. I had no idea what it was until I played it, and I got absolutely hooked. Since there was no Live capability for that game, it had to rely on single player mostly to be a great game. And yeah, the campaign story was really really good. I would love to see a retelling of that for sure.