DreamWorks Attempting to Make HALO Movie
Published: October 6, 2010 - 9:53am
Last month, we reported that Microsoft was still interested in making a HALO movie. DreamWorks pictures has now stepped in and is looking to get involved.
The game, HALO: Reach, premiered on September 14th and had $200 million in sales its first day. While promoting the new game's launch, Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor touched base on Microsoft's continuing interest in adapting HALO to a feature length film.
"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."
The feature film adaptation has been stuck in the proverbial 'development hell' for some time now. After Microsoft pitched the movie to all the major studios Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox attempted to partner up rather than go into a bidding war. Production costs and back end deals quickly spiraled out of control and the project dissipated after more than a year in pre-production with Peter Jackson and Neil Blomkamp. Universal reportedly lost over $12 million in the investment and Fox refused to split any of that loss citing mismanagement. Microsoft is aware of these thorny issues as well. O'Connor also said in the previous announcement that any HALO movie would not be "a verbatim retelling of the game".
Vulture is reporting that DreamWorks Pictures is looking to do what Universal and Fox couldn't come to agreement on: adapting the popular video game franchise for the big screen. Their tactic will be to adapt a novelization of the games so as not to get drawn in to any of the legal issues surrounding the previous effort at the other studios. One possible source may be Stuart Beattie's script based on the novel "Halo: The Fall of Reach" which was sent to Microsoft. He tells the site that his "long-term goal is to get three Halo movies [based on the three novelizations] made. It's not something I can accomplish tomorrow. But if I can help, I am glad to do it."
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.