Fear not fellow Halo fans, it looks like the Halo movie might possibly have been saved. As a lot of you may have been aware Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings fame, had expressed an interest in the film. However, nothing really came of it. After that the movie got put on the backburner for a lot of studios and looked to be dead in the water.
Now there might be hope. One the the big producers in Hollywood has expressed an interest. An man close to many a nerd’s hearts due to his involvement with the Indiana Jones series. No I don’t mean George Lucas, I shudder to think of what he’d do to Halo. No, Steven Spielberg is the man who has expressed a great interest in development of a Halo game. According to IESB:
Spielberg is blown away by writer Stuart Beattie’s take on the game in his script entitled HALO THE FALL OF REACH. This coupled with the fact that his Dreamworks umbrella is looking for a big tent pole to help launch their newly independent studio with distribution over at Walt Disney Pictures after losing Transformers to Paramount in the separation, it’s the perfect combination.
This script written by Stuart Beattie during the writer’s strike of 2007 is based on Eric Nyland’s prequel novel to the Halo games entitled The Fall of Reach. If you haven’t read it, its worth checking out. It give a ton of backstory on the Master Chief (Spartan 117) and the Spartan program. Let me get this out of the way first, Beattie was involved in writing the screenplay for GI Joe, but I’m willing to forgive that based on the early impressions of his story for Halo.
In April 2008, the Latino Review was the first to break the news that a Halo script had been developed. They had this to say about the film.
The script is, first and foremost, a character-driven story about a soldier named John who was kidnapped or “conscripted” by the UNSC when he was just six years old, and then brutally trained to become an elite Spartan warrior known as Master Chief 117.
The script then takes us through the horrific first contact with the Covenant hordes on the doomed colony world of Harvest, and then climaxes with the spectacular fall of the UNSC forward base on Reach, during which every other Spartan is slaughtered.
The script also gives detailed outlines for the second movie, HALO: RISE OF THE FLOOD, which takes place entirely on the Halo ringworld, and the third and final movie, HALO: BATTLE FOR EARTH, which roughly follows the events of Halo 3, the game.
One cool advantage of this first script is that (like the shark in JAWS) you don’t even see the Covenant until halfway through the movie. And because all the creatures are CGI creations, this cuts the budget down dramatically and makes a first Halo movie that much more viable. For Halo fans, it’s like the prequel that provides all the answers to questions they’ve thought about for years. For non Halo fans, it’s an exciting action movie that provides a clear, concise introduction to a world five hundred years in the future with relatable characters and a terrifying alien menace.
Later the site showed off a good deal of concept art designed for the movie, and it was pretty to say the least. If you haven’t seen it yet, the Round Table will be tracking it down to present to you later this week, so stay tuned. Is anyone else as excited as I am that the Halo movie isn’t dead? With Spielberg on board, or at least interested my hope has returned!