Microsoft discusses how it would approach Halo movie

Franchise director Frank O'Connor says if a Halo movie ever comes to be, Microsoft will "go into it with our eyes wide open."

Today at the 2013 Game Developers Conference, franchise director Frank O'Connor confirmed Microsoft is not currently making a Halo movie, but opened up on how the company would approach a film set in the sci-fi universe.

"We're not working on a Halo movie right now," O'Connor said. "I think that if a Halo movie ever happens…we'll just go into it with our eyes wide open."

"We won't be stupid enough to think that we're now mega-stars," he added.

O'Connor's comments came during a question-and-answer session following a panel focused on the Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Internet video series, which has drawn over 55 million views to date.

He explained that while 343 Industries learned a great deal during its planning and production of Forward Unto Dawn, the scale of the series is "geometrically different" than a film or TV show.

O'Connor suggested that if a Halo movie were to happen, Microsoft would not settle when it came to choosing a director or production company. He said learning to work with the right people was the most important lesson Microsoft learned from the Forward Unto Dawn production process.

The Halo movie famously fell through. Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson and his WingNut Films production company were at one time attached to the film, to be directed by Neill Blomkamp, but the project was indefinitely postponed in 2006. Instead, Jackson and Blomkamp would go on to produce and direct, respectively, the sci-fi film District 9.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

91 comments
Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

I hope they eventually make a movie. It COULD be good. Also looking forward to a Mass Effect movie. 

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

what M$ will make is a balls to the wall non stop shooting with irrelevant "soft" scenes with cortana 

pretty much they've killed the halo franchise with the crappy, unfinished, cod rip-off halo 4

tim1935
tim1935

55 MILLION people were interested in a Halo movie and watched Forward Unto Dawn.  So why is this still a difficult decision?  Maybe they are waiting for as many hits as Gangnam Style.

bannermanner
bannermanner

Am I the only person on the planet who thinks the storytelling and writing for Halo is embarrassingly inept?

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

They all blew it.  2006 was around when the series was at it's most popular, and Bungie was still around to guide things.  I don't think a Halo movie now would get quite the hype or box office success nowadays, but I think it would still do very well if made well.

JPL1982
JPL1982

Why the title is not "Microsoft discusses when the whole Halo series will embrace the PC world" ...

Nibraybirk
Nibraybirk

Master Chief has no face. How is that going to be a movie?

wanaskug
wanaskug

Downloading this right now, omg my pc is filled with new mmo's. tera, eve, rift, age of wushu, which one do i start?

Saketume
Saketume

A movie based on an FPS game. I'm sure it will be great. If you're lucky it will be just as good as the Doom movie.

keysnsamples
keysnsamples

Screw a Halo movie...I want a Bioshock movie!

m4a5
m4a5

Well... I guess this is better than just a "We're not working on a Halo movie"...

bkohary
bkohary

I'd like to approach a Halo movie by waiting behind a rock, waiting for it to come by and then jump out and shout "Boo!"

GOGOGOGURT
GOGOGOGURT

If it ends up being rated R and has big battle sequences...It will be the most original movie in a long time.  I have been waiting for a sci-fi movie like this for 20 years.

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

love Forward Unto Dawn, i hope one day Halo movie can come true. It have so much potential to be great if it done right

wyan_
wyan_

...and your wallets.

PubicJesus
PubicJesus

I'm putting it out there. Sure it would be nice to have a halo movie...but do we really need game-to-movie adaptions anymore? Games have enough cinematic value to surpass a lot of films these days. Just look at Metal Gear Solid 4, and what about The Last of Us? You spend more time with the characters so end up more attached than you would in a 2 hour flick. I really enjoyed Halo 4 for the story, and how Chief is slowly getting humanised so he can be interesting enough when going it alone in Halo 5. Games are bigger than films now.

HaloinventedFPS
HaloinventedFPS

"You must go into this with both eyes open"

Still ripping off Starcraft lol

kerc_chaos
kerc_chaos

Also... we talk about studios not staying true to the source material and butchering IPs when they make movies, I'd like to present to you Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. A movie, true to its source material but did the fans go and watch it and make sure it was a success? No.

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

Well this is exactly how Microsoft would approach a Halo movie. first they would charge you so you can watch the teaser, and then the trailer. When the movie finally comes out, they will charge admission, then they would have ads constantly streamlining on the bottom, and the top of the screen. Then when the movie was about to finish, they would charge you to see the ending.

Yep, Halo movie, microsoft in a nut shell!

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

They can approach it however they want.  I for one shall back away from it. 

hadlee73
hadlee73

So this is an article about a guy saying that if he was working on something (even though he isn't) he'd probably do an alright job of it.

SSJMonkey
SSJMonkey

Games have evolved so much that there is little point to a movie. I used to play certain games and say to myself this would make a great movie. But now, the thought never crosses my mind. Some games have been just as, if not more, visually stunning as movies, and the storytelling and characters have reached the same levels, sometimes better. Many even use the same composers and voice actors now, and just overall everything just fits better in the format of a game. In fact sometimes I find myself just thinking how much I hope no more of my favorite gaming franchises fall into the hands of some greedy producer. But when its just going to happen, I do like to see someone like Kojima just repeatedly turn down scripts and offers for years until he feels it will do his series justice.

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

Why can't they just let it go? People are happy to play the games. Isn't it enough to leave this medium as what it is? 

Renloco
Renloco

games never become good movie end of story. and Kevlar101 District 9 was a good movie.

Kevlar101
Kevlar101

District 9 was awful. It makes me wonder what they would have done to it had it been a Halo movie.

cm94
cm94

@thequickshooter Ya I hated Halo 4. I wish they just left master chiefs story end with Halo 3, instead of ruining his story with that mess of a campaign. 

Itmeow
Itmeow

@bannermanner Nope! The lore of Halo isn't explained throughout the actual narative, making it insanely hard to follow. The whole forerunner and gaurdian stuff still confuses me a bit. Overall it's sloppily explained in my opinion. I guess it wouldn't be too hard to explain in a movie simply because you could have an intro scene or whatever, but still. The game is an fps and for the first 3 games the main chracater hardly says a word. The nature of an fps game is very little downtime for plot. Instead it is delivered through the occasional cut-scene but 95% of the dialouge is just com chatter. It would be really hard to make that into a movie that doesn't just appeal to people who have already played the games.

But then again I don't think video games should ever be made into movies. They are a completely different form of storytelling and I just don't think you could pace a movie properly if you wish to do the game any justice.

tim1935
tim1935

@Nibraybirk Beat Halo 4 on Legendary and you see that he DOES have a face!

unfreak-believ
unfreak-believ

@Nibraybirk Does he need one?

I wasn't the biggest fan of Watchmen, but by far the best thing in that movie was Rorschach.  And if I remember correctly, you only see his face for like 2 minutes at the very end of the film.

JTKenyon654
JTKenyon654

@Nibraybirk Simple...don't work with Master Chief, there are plenty of great stories in the Halo universe that they could work with that doesn't deal with Master Chief

TrueGB
TrueGB

@keysnsamples Not gonna happen. A film maker has a plan in place, but he can't get funding for the movie unless he makes it PG13. He refuses to settle on what should by all rights be an R rated film.

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

@PubicJesus Honestly it's mostly a business decision. Tap into a preexisting fanbase for movie revenue, bring in new fans to the game at the same time. It's like crossovers or spinoffs on tv. Same thing with movies and books too. Bring new fans to the books, get a minimum group of movie goers. Half the time it's crap unless they really get the differences and pitfalls. You have to be original, but not enough to offend fans, and still enough to satisfy fans. And it has to stand on it's own. Resident evil, doom, street fighter, changed some key stuff which offended fans(though it didn't help most were crap). Actually the resident evil series was probably the best movie adaptation of a game ever, but they're still glorified b movies.

kerc_chaos
kerc_chaos

@HaloinventedFPS Starcraft, which ripped off aliens and predator and a whole host of other Sci Fi ideas... your point? =)

kerc_chaos
kerc_chaos

@Hellhound30x Erm... they didn't charge anyone to watch Forward Unto Dawn? The Halo 4 trailer? The Forward Unto Dawn trailer? Their E3 presentations? They didn't even charge linux for all the coding they helped them develop. Your comment rings hollow.

PubicJesus
PubicJesus

@SSJMonkey Haha, I just posted my comment and then read this. I'm completely with you.

kerc_chaos
kerc_chaos

@SSJMonkey Movies have a cohesion that games by their very nature don't. Furthermore, the special effects alone might be worth the price of entry.

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

@biggest_loser You mean like comicbooks and all the amazing movies that have come from that medium the last 10-15 years?

Kevlar101
Kevlar101

@Renloco Say that as a reply to my original comment, not in a whole new one.

Saketume
Saketume

@Kevlar101 It was awful. I don't know what people see in it. It's a really stupid movie. Too many flaws to be good.

H4num4n
H4num4n

@Kevlar101 District 9 was really good, i don't know which movie you have seen.

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

@Kevlar101 Reassess your statement after you research District 9's budget.   But I think you're right that it wouldn't have been a good marriage for Blomkamp and Halo.  If anything Blomkamp would probably make a better HL movie due to the 'resistance style' feel that made District 9 look great.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@cm94 @thequickshooter in our minds 

halo 3 was the last halo game 

halo 4 is just some poorly executed spin-off by 343 (an imposter to the true halo developer)

keysnsamples
keysnsamples

@TrueGB I know, but I can still hope. 

As much as I like Halo, Bioshock would make a much better movie.

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

@thequickshooter @cm94 you guys are crazy... Halo 4 was an incredible leap in both emotional story telling and scope, the original Halo games by bungie were good but you could tell that, with reach, they had grown bored and wanted to move on. 4 gave Halo a massive lease of new life