Rumor: Halo movie script a "tour de force"

Source: The celebrated script-snatchers at Latinoreview. (WARNING: Review contains strong language.) The official story: Attempts to contact representatives at Halo distributor Universal Studios went unanswered as of press time. What we heard: Latinoreview has been a source of early reviews of...

Source: The celebrated script-snatchers at Latinoreview. (WARNING: Review contains strong language.)

The official story: Attempts to contact representatives at Halo distributor Universal Studios went unanswered as of press time.

What we heard: Latinoreview has been a source of early reviews of film scripts. Last week, reviewer El Mayimbe gave the world its first peek at the Splinter Cell movie script (the same week as a leak of the possible plot for Splinter Cell 4). While the rundown of Sam Fisher's first big-screen foray was indeed interesting, El Mayimbe dropped a not-so-subtle-hint that he had an even bigger scoop in store: a review of the highly guarded script for the Halo movie.

As fans know, Halo is expected to blast onto the big screen in 2007. Its developer Bungie and publisher Microsoft opted to make the movie on certain conditions. Microsoft paid novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, The Beach) $1 million to pen a script using a set of guidelines put forth by Bungie's creative directors, and then it shopped the script around to studios via couriers dressed as series' hero Master Chief.

Though the Halo franchise has made $600 million and counting, several studios passed (due to Microsoft's rather stark demands of creative control and monetary compensation) before Fox and Universal took on the project. However, all parties agreed to let Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson executive-produce Halo, which will feature special effects from his personal studio.

Though El Mayimbe said he wouldn't have the Halo script until November 9, today he posted a review on the site. In short, he LOVES it. Though the oft-excitable reviewer has previously heaped praise on many screenplays, he seems particularly taken with this draft of Halo, calling it a "tour de force" and giving it his highest rating of five stars.

El Mayimbe does a fairly in-depth job at laying out Halo's first act, which combines elements of the original Halo game and the novel Halo: Fall of Reach. The opening sequence is right out of the latter, which chronicles large-scale battles between Covenant armies and a whole platoon of cybernetic SPARTAN troopers. Without letting too many spoilers slip, El Mayimbe says the film will sport familiar ships, such as The Pillar of Autumn and Truth and Reconciliation, as well as enemies like jackals, hunters, and elites.

Perhaps most impressively, El Mayimbe says the game's visceral violence isn't watered down in the script, which he calls "the Saving Private Ryan of video game movies." "We got headshots, bodies being cut in half by the swords of the Stealth Elite," he wrote. "We see what kind of damage plasma grenades can do and yes we get to see the horror of flood infection vessels--heads snapping back and torsos exploding."

But how trustworthy is Latinoreivew? Its past reviews of critically lauded blockbusters, like Batman Begins have been pretty much spot-on. But is the script the real deal? Since NBC-Universal isn't talking, we don't know for sure. We hope so, though...

Bogus or not bogus?: We're going on faith and saying not bogus. That said, many-a-great script has ended up becoming a mediocre movie. Hopefully Jackson will assure a quality final product.

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lordrem93
lordrem93

Peter Jackson has been turned down on the account that he asked for to much money so bungie decided to have the director of 'Transformers' watshisname direct the halo move...

supergamer918
supergamer918

This movie will beat every movie on box office, and entertainment sales, maybe even the amount total made on launch day and so forth for Halo 3, definitely I personally am gonna watch and watch and watch this movie and buy the DVD, screw blue-ray.

Mustang194
Mustang194

I have my doubts for the movie, but the movie will gore unlike the game....which is good because the game didn't have much gore. With the help of Peter Jackson, this movie just may work out right, unlike other movies that do bad based on video games.

Alacard_Omalley
Alacard_Omalley

All around me are familiar faces Worn out places, worn out faces Bright and early for their daily races Going nowhere, going nowhere Their tears are filling up their glasses No expression, no expression Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow No tomorrow, no tomorrow

NelsonsGhost
NelsonsGhost

Everybody says, "I hope they don't mess it up." Mess what up? There's NO reason why Halo should be a good movie. There aren't any interesting characters or plotl ines. Bottom line: video game movies suck. Halo should stick to games, where it's not even that cool in the first place.

tek-9
tek-9

I hope that new director is a spielberg in the making. If halo is done justice. It will be one of the greatest ever!

recalcitrant1
recalcitrant1

They shouldn't make movies of games. They should pump the money into.......games.

kdill5
kdill5

looks like it iz gona be a nice move, cant wat

YoungDollar
YoungDollar

I rather have this movie have all the violence and fullness and be released on DVD than to be released in Theaters with a water down PG-13 movie. If all that is true...its going right beside my final Fantasy VII Advent Childrens movies along with all my other favorite movies.

ocelot787
ocelot787

This movie is gunna kick ass!! even if they dont make it exactly like the game and books idc im a huge fan.

mattro11
mattro11

I've got a bad feeling about this.................................

pigy23
pigy23

bad idea guys... this will mess up every ones perspective of halo

MasterChie08
MasterChie08

well i for one am a true blue halo fan i have just about everything halo in my room ,i have all three books , which were awesome , and now that peter jackson is letting his studio that created the special effects and creatures for Lord Of the Rings , do the creature and effects for the Halo movie i am completey astonished ! , not only that , many halo game fans are probably not sure what happened before Halo and as El Mayimbe says it shows the Spartans fighting the covenant . (others like the Master Chief ) and the novels he was referring to goes in depth on how the chief came to be so read teh halo novels and that would get you a better understanding of what WILL happen at the beginning of the Movie Halo . AWESOME!!!!!

crank359
crank359

Well reading the review I'm starting to salivate from the mouth. Im a big fan of Halo but if they pull the bull crap half ass job like Wing Commander I'll be pis!

hectorx
hectorx

cool all this things are going to be at the halo movie cant wait to see it i hope it comes early

italstal101
italstal101

i cant wait...reading the effects of stuff like the flood, swords and plasma grenades this movie sounds like it will be a hit as soon as it enters the movies...i cant wait

Ricko101
Ricko101

Great movies have great potential at failing but I'm still looking forward to this movie with high expectations. This article has risen that bar.

tt225
tt225

if its a uwe bol product it can KISS MY SHINY METAL ASS!

Zack2301
Zack2301

one thing that is going to scare me .......HUNTERS!!!!!!!!

Timelord360
Timelord360

It would be heaps sick to see halo come out as a movie it would be better than doom.

Lord_Noob
Lord_Noob

the movie industry hasnt had a very good reputation with video games. while i would put my money on bungie before pretty much anyone else, if the movie does turn out to be crapness, it would just seem like such a waste to have the good halo name ruined I want it to be good, but if its not.... bad things will happen

dastuph
dastuph

I will crap my pants if this turns out well........

Wolverine1701
Wolverine1701

Both SP and Halo movies look awesome...at this point. Between now and filming, either one could be seriously watered down into the mediocre video game movies we've seen too many times before. Let's hope these two stay pure.

mac1979
mac1979

sounds too much like the game and the novels all tied in to a movie form. with is cool for people who dont know halo.. true halo fans want new material what happens when MC gets back to earth at the end of halo 2 if halo 3 is the answer to are question then let it be. Just dont make a movie about something that every body knows already.

jackelhunter
jackelhunter

OMFG Ive read this a few of weeks ago this movie sounds soooooooo freakin cool. Finally a sci fi movie that won't suck. Hopefully Halo 3 will come out when the movie comes out.

venom_man2
venom_man2

First off, I'm getting a mental picture of the team during the begining of Fall of Reach when they kill all those grunts and stuff with shreader rounds and a Shiva, i think it was. And it looks CG. lol I personally believe this game is going to have to go CG. (Computer Generated, like the commercials on TV for Call of Duty and stuff, or toy story) CG will take a whole lot of areas to go wrong in, out. They would just need voice actors as opposed to finding those with fitting body characteristics and language.

SteelAttack
SteelAttack

Well, we can only wait and hope it lives up to the expectations.

thedarkone12
thedarkone12

OOOOOOH I cant wait I loved Saving Private Ryan come on 2007

Renegade_Fury
Renegade_Fury

I think it's going to be better than most will expect, but it still won't be the End All movie some people think

DANIEL3443
DANIEL3443

I wonder if this movie will be as good as the game?!

LordValoo
LordValoo

i have been a fan of halo since i got the game and this movie better be good and it needs to follow the storyline i seriously hope pete doesnt $%^& this $h!% up or ill sue him when i learn to sue lol

xerxes5678
xerxes5678

From what I read, it seems like the age of terrible game-to-movie transitions has ended; great script BTW.

solidsnake2050
solidsnake2050

Also, Halo plus Saving Private Ryan= It looks like Christmas already.

solidsnake2050
solidsnake2050

To the guy that said that the movie is aimed at 17 year-old kids- first, a 17 year-old is not a kid. And secondly, how can it be aimed at kids? Have you even played Halo?? Besides, with the way Microsofts running the development of the movie, there's no way there gonna screw it up by aiming it at kids, especially not with Bungie's supervision. And why would Microsoft pay a script writer known for violent movies 1 million dollers to write it just to have it edited for kids in the end.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I'm still skeptical about a Halo movie. :| Waiting very, very patiently. Take your time P. Jackson. They better invest a lot of moeny in it. This movie will have to attract more people than only gamers.

TheMetalClaw117
TheMetalClaw117

i think a most entertaining movie for both the gamer and non-gamer audience would be a film more based on the novel Fall of Reach, rather than of the game itself. man i hope they don't f this up. i always envisioned in the past that if there were ever to be a halo movie, it should be done like the final fantasy movie. with that level of cg (so as to avoid those too-bad-so-sad live action renditions of games to film). but with peter jackson lending a hand....? *fingers crossed*

DeathKazoo
DeathKazoo

Woo! Can't wait for it! But something tells me that parents groups will be up in arms.

WhiskyTango
WhiskyTango

Maybe this will help make up for the **** that is halo 2. If it goes like they say it most definitely will. Can't wait

jgeslufgdlsgflg
jgeslufgdlsgflg

halo is going to officially suck if they don't make the movie super big and i mean BIG we can only hope itl be as big as the game

thesuggestion2
thesuggestion2

Hope it tells the pre-sequel of Halo, on how the Covenant and Humans met, the floods origins, and who the flip created the Halo rings and most importantly the beging of the whole story. So many things on my mind of the movie, they better not kill it with the movie and mess it up for all of its Halo fans! You know like on "The Lord of the Rings" movies, they always tell the presequel.( How it all began)

thesuggestion2
thesuggestion2

2007, better start putting X's on my calendar till the movie comes out. I wonder what will become of me in that one year.

spectre-791
spectre-791

With Peter Jackson executive producing the movie, I doubt it's going to blow a stinker.

tdog5
tdog5

I pray this doesnt turn out to be a doom....i dont know how many of you liked it but i thought it was awful...i dont see that happening with this movie...but there is always that chance...if peter jackson has any part in it..it should be good

ugotjuiced
ugotjuiced

I dont think they can mess this up. With all this pressure on them they'll HAVE to make a good movie.

ArmoredAshes
ArmoredAshes

If this turns out as awesome as they are hyping it to be idk if ill be able to get into the theatre to see it hahahah...but if they screw it up there will be alot of ppl crying about it..."oh i knew this would be terrible"....yepp...