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After being the ass end of the joke when they sent out the script with high demands on Monday, it looks like those nihilists at CAA and Microsoft will have the last laugh. Lazlo's spies tell me that Fox and Universal are working out deal to buy Halo for $5 million; split costs. It is about half of what they were asking for on Monday, but it is more coin then our drunks asses will ever see. The movie should be in theaters by 2007.

 

The report is also a report in Variety, backing up this claim, including the asking price of $10 million for the rights to the script. It wouldn't surprise me if this did get made into a film. Cripes, every other major video game franchise is. Why would Halo be any different? At the very least, it sounds as the script adheres to the story in the games fairly close, and doesn't take the fantastic liberties that the new Doom does.

 

What do you guys think? Is a Halo movie worth getting excited over?

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As far as I'm concerned I'll pass judgment when I start to hear things like about the story, or perhaps a director. THe fact that Bungie and Microsoft want to be involved with this movie makes me feel much better. THis is opposed to the companies that just farm out their shit without caring about what goes into them. Doom, House of the Dead, etc.

 

And I liked both Resident Evil movies, as well as Mortal Kombat. So IMO not ALL video game movies are that bad. For every bad video game movie I can name at lest 2 Michael Bay movies that are much crappier. :)

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At least one video game movie has to be made right eventually.

*cough*

 

http://www.lcvg.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1097&highlight=Silent+Hill

 

:D (I'm crossing my fingers. Thus far it looks like we have a good story, quality director, good writer, and they seem to have the games setting down pat.)

 

I agree with those saying they enjoyed the first Resident Evil. I also quite enjoyed it. (not so much the sequel though)

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As long as they don't cast Owen Wilson as Master Chief, I'll give the Halo movie a chance. :D

 

I liked the first Resident Evil but I absolutely despised the sequel. It's only the second movie I've ever rented from Netflix that I gave 1 star to. The other was the first Scooby Doo movie. Give me a break, I love Sarah Michelle Gellar. :tu

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So far I've hated every video game movie made except I tolerated Mortal Kombat which was barely tolerable.

I just don't see how Gans can fuck up Silent Hill, unless he really tries

Alot of times it is the studios fault and not the directors. He is told what to do and what to cut unless he has some clout. This is usually reserved for directors like Speilberg and Lucas though.

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I heard that "they" wanted to get Bryan Singer (Xmen) to do the movie or, Ridley Scott but...apparently Ridley wasn't so hot on the Halo universe.

 

Also, supposedly alot of studios turned down Bungie/Microsoft since they wanted too much money up front and, they wanted quite the lionshare of creative control. Apparently Bungie will not allow any deviation from the "Halo Bible".

 

If all that is true, this movie may, in fact, have a decent shot at being decent.

 

Big question is; who plays John, aka Master Chief and, will he show his face? I'd be really surprised if he doesn't show his face in a movie. He stands in his skivvies in the 2nd Halo novel. He's supposedly pasty white skinned, from wearing his armor all the time. At least that's what the book says.

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It's been announced that Peter Jackson will be the executive producer of the Halo movie, with WETA doing the special effects work as well.

 

From Bungie.net:

http://bungie.net/News/TopStory.aspx?story=biggorilla&p=4955829

 

Here's the quote:

The Great Hollywood Journey, Part II

No sense beating around the bush. I would only say that if you’re not already sitting down, you absolutely should.

A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to partner with two tremendous Producers from Universal, Mary Parent and Scott Stuber. In the short time they’ve been on board, Mary and Scott have joined with Peter Schlessel to accomplish unimaginably wonderful things. Example? They’ve secured an Executive Producer to help guarantee the creative integrity and technical excellence of the Halo film.

And that Executive Producer’s name is Peter Jackson.

I’ll give you a second to process. If you’re having a strong, emotional reaction, don’t panic. When I heard the news it took me the better part of a day just to stop smiling.

Yes. The Peter Jackson, Executive Producing the Halo film.

Needless to say I and the rest of Bungie are positively incontinent (Marty especially). But what really knocks us on our asses is we’re also getting the combined talent of the mighty men and women of WETA in the bargain. From fabricating Covenant weapons to building life-sized Forerunner structures to accomplishing shot after shot of complex live-action/CG integration – simply put, there’s no group of people we’d rather have realize the Halo universe on screen.

Indeed, I don’t think there’s another group that even could.

Mary and Scott know Peter Jackson and his partner Fran Walsh because of their work on King Kong (which Universal is distributing), so I asked them for their personal take on this development:

"First, let me just say how honored and excited Scott and I are to be involved in this project. As huge fans of the game ourselves we know how high the bar is. We've made it our mission to try and involve the absolute very best people one can imagine in every capacity. Having developed a great relationship with Peter and Fran through the extraordinary Kong experience, and seeing first hand just how unique a filmmaking environment they have crafted, we approached them about the possibility of coming aboard to Exec Produce. Not surprisingly, they were already avid fans of the game, and given our existing shorthand, they said yes! To be able to continue our relationship with them – on HALO of all projects – is really a dream come true for us in the biggest possible way.

I daresay me too. And did I mention that Mary and Scott are awesome?

Not surprisingly I’ve begun apartment hunting in Wellington – though Chris Butcher says I can bunk with his grandmother in Christchurch so long I don’t mind a bit of a commute…

I’m only half joking. Parsons and I are hopping on a plane to New Zealand next week to meet Mr. Jackson and his team, and I imagine it won’t be the last time we make the trip.

If I didn’t make this clear in my previous update, Bungie’s in this for the long haul – 100% dedicated to making the Halo movie the best it can be. Now we have help. Ten thousand pound gorilla help. And that’s just about the best kind there is.

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"Boll Linked to Halo"

 

There's a nasty rumor going around that perennial games-to-film helmer Uwe Boll (House of the Dead, BloodRayne) is going to direct the highly-anticipated movie version of Microsoft and Bungie's Halo franchise.

 

A quick glance over at IMDb shows Boll attached to the project. And while we haven't been able to directly contact a person of authority working on the production, we're willing to bet our life savings (it isn't much, really) that this was just a random act of madness and that Boll is not and has never been officially associated with Halo. And when you see this rumor start to turn up other places online, remember that you already heard it was bunk. In other words, don't believe the hype. And don't start sending us hundreds of freak out emails either.

 

You have to give the the producers of this flick some credit. Surely they know that fans would have their heads if the notorious Dr. Boll became linked to the adaptation of this much-beloved game series. Besides, Boll will be busy with Dungeon Siege, his latest genre effort starring Jason Statham.

 

Microsoft has teamed with Universal Studios and 20th Century Fox to make the game-based flick. Screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days) is writing the script. The film is tentatively set for a 2007 release and may be timed to coincide with the videogame release of Halo 3.

 

Could be bad. Jackson is probably just investing in the project.

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