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In an unorthodox move that's sure to raise some industry eyebrows, Microsoft (developer Bungie's corporate overlord) has hired screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, The Beach) to adapt its hit videogame series Halo for the big screen.

 

Not sure what to say about this one.

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There was a report last year, I think it was at Videobusiness Online, that some studios were vying for the Halo property, but Microsoft played things close to their chest because indeed, they wanted to develop the feature themselves.

 

I've yet to see a videogame to film transition I like, and am quite sure I never will. Garland is a curious choice for writer as he only has 28 Days Later to his name as far as screenwriting goes. John Hodge adapted Garland's novel of The Beach, and Garland like the rest of the sane world loathed the result. Depends how he tackles Halo really, but let's face it, the two game's have such a cliche ridden dull plot that....er.. I'm sure the film will be a huge success.

 

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Why not give it a shot? I'll definitely check it out. Of course, I'll keep my expectations in check.

 

I think it would be cool to do a canonical Master Chief adventure, but not just simply retell the story in the games. The books probably offer more options, especially if they show flashbacks of his augmentation/training mixed in with him kicking ass in the battles. (sounds like "Soldier")

 

 

Carlos.

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As long as they keep Uwe far, far away.

 

Uwe Boll = hack Confirm/deny?

 

In case anyone cares, Alone in the Dark got a 9 out of 100 on Metacritic. This guy's the next Ed Wood, folks. He didn't even have the incentive to edit Tara Reid calling Newfoundland "New Found Land." I'm not kidding.

 

BACK ON TOPIC

 

No point in Halo being made into a movie. I played the movie already and lived it and did all the fun stuff myself. No point.

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From what I understand, the original script for the Beach was pretty good, the studio hacked it to pieces and produced the masterpiece we have today. And 28 Days Later is pretty well written for a zombie flick.

 

I'm not going to hold my breath, but I get the feeling that if the movie sucks, MS will just refuse to release it. Like they give a shit gambling $100 million to possibly make Master Chief a mainstream cultural icon. Bill Gates probably loses checks for $100 million in his couch.

 

 

 

The Beach?! :bh

Expectations not as high anymore...

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Could be, as I never read the screenplay for The Beach, just was forced to sit through the end product! :mad: And I am not a big fan of 28 Days Later. I liked it, but it just never grabbed me. I believe in giving writers the benefit of the doubt, but I thought with a project of this magnitude, Microsoft would have gotten someone more familiar with the genre.

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Well I really like 28 Days Later. Thought it was great. And there is a difference between adapting a fighting game or platformer and a game like Half-life or Halo, which has a rich cinematic history. And finally, there is also a difference when producing a huge property like Halo. This doesn't mean I'm not hugely skeptical. But not nearly as cynical though.

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Oh Halo and its sequel are certainly cinematic in their execution, remarkably so, but the plot at the core of the two is undeniably run of the mill stuff. Now they can certianly build on the basics that the games set up, but the question is whether they'll bother... Do something decent, tie it into the plot of Halo 3 or something and make the story of a third game worth caring about. :)

 

Daniel

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