Spielberg salvaging Halo movie?

Director's Dreamworks studio rumored to be interested in troubled big-screen adaptation of Microsoft's megafranchise.

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Source: New York Magazine's showbiz blog, Vulture.

What we heard: From 2005 to 2006, the film adaptation of Microsoft's sci-fi shooter franchise Halo was the talk of Hollywood. Alas, in October 2006, the two studios behind the project--20th Century Fox and Universal--backed out, leaving it to languish in development limbo ever since.

Will the Halo movie get the Spielberg treatment?

Now, according to Vulture, the Halo movie may be back on. Citing unnamed sources, the show business blog says that Dreamworks and its head, director Steven Spielberg, are now actively seeking the big-screen rights for Halo. The apparent impetus for the push? The small matter of Halo: Reach grossing $200 million in 24 hours just last month.

Vulture also says that Dreamworks is looking at the novels based on the Halo games as source material for the film. Apparently, the move is a way to sidestep the screenplays written for the Halo film, the use of which would require Dreamworks to repay Universal $12 million in development costs. The first such novel, Halo: The Fall of Reach, was the inspiration for Halo: Reach, which depicts the conquest and eventual destruction of the titular fortress world by the Covenant.

Adding to the intrigue is the fact the current CEO of Dreamworks, Stacey Snider, was the head of Universal when it was involved in the Halo project. Then there's the matter of screenwriter Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) having already written an unsolicited spec script based on Fall of Reach. "I'm just a huge fan," he told the blog. "My long-term goal is to get three Halo movies [based on the three novelizations] made. It's not something I can accomplish tomorrow. But if I can help, I am glad to do it."

The official story: Microsoft reps had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus that Dreamworks is interested, but a source close to Microsoft told Vulture the project remains a long shot. "It's a gigantic waste of time because [Microsoft] doesn't want anything to happen in any other media that could screw up a multi-billion dollar franchise," said the source. "Somebody has to be in control of a movie; it's a director's medium. But they're completely averse to that. Because if Steven Spielberg f***s it up, what's your recourse? So the rule is: 'First, do no harm.'"

Discussion

310 comments
deal266
deal266

i agree with han R.I.P. halo...

han117
han117

man... GI Joe rise of the cobra was the worst movie of all time, if Halo turns out like a feeble attempt of an action movie like that one i will be deeply disappointed and saddened. Too bad Peter Jackson didn't do it, now that would have been awesome :)

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

a halo movie could be epic but bungie needs to be involved or it wont turn out as good as it can

Yondaro
Yondaro

@ wi1lywonka I know, the game is overall worse then the originals. It's stupid why they removed four player from btb. Thats why I quit playing Halo, they removed too many things, and added things that made the games worse.

AdamTheNinja
AdamTheNinja

I really think that if there were to be a movie, Bungie would have to be a part of it. Without Bungie I think ther'd be something missing. Or at least a bungie director involved? A halo movie with out the halo creators involved would possibly screw things up.

wi1lywonka
wi1lywonka

@Yondaro That is my pet Peeve, I invited my friends over (8 people total) and we were going to play BTB on two seperate consoles, but only four could play at a time, it blew.

Yondaro
Yondaro

@Snipefire17 I prefer Halo 1 & 2 over 3 and especially ODST. That campaign was completely boring, and I thought the characters were complete rubbish. But I'm glad someone out there enjoyed it. And I know Reach isn't only two player. I said it had two-player big team battle. You can't play four-player split-screen battle on it anymore.

Yondaro
Yondaro

@Stonecutters908 No, I actually won lots of games on Halo 2 and 3. But your too stupid to know such a thing. I actually won most games I played. 7 out of 10. I usually got 22 kills and die like 3-9 times. So, before you talk without facts, at least make the conversation somewhat interesting and not just completely idiotic. Reach is bad to me, I'm entitled to my opinion like everyone else. That doesn't make me a complete "Douche bag" just because I think the games are horrible. Halo isn't the best franchise out there, and it's definitely not the worst. I just think that a movie can't make it any worse than it already is.

KlepticGrooves
KlepticGrooves

Don't think Spielberg should be doing this. I'd rather see Danny Boyle or the guy who produces the Halo commercials.

JrSlacker
JrSlacker

I don't understand why they just don't get the guy who's been doing the commercials, I mean c'mon, some of them are better then a feature length film...

Sgt_Knoper
Sgt_Knoper

What about Neill Blomkamp the director of District 9? He made a couple pretty sweet action shorts based on the Halo universe.

senorbusyman
senorbusyman

it should be george lucas, ridley scott, jim cam, or someone with skills. dont get me wrong spielberg is a great director but some of his movies are lacking that spielberg touch

Menelick
Menelick

..NOBODY SHOULD TOUCH MY halo..its got enough problems (success) already..lmao

blancobo
blancobo

@xxpoo521xx I agree!!! But the fact is that most (if not all) conversions from one realm of entertainment to the other, have proven to be wrong if not abysmal. About CoD... I have to totally agree with you! but the money here is the driver! The movie can be the worst and if it makes 500 million out of the billion the franchise made last year with MW2, they will still make it. The same will happen with the Halo movie, even though there are Cameron haters out there, at least it will look pretty in HD and cool in 3D.

xxpoo521xx
xxpoo521xx

@blancobo There will nd should never be a movie of COD, but more than likely they will. All they have to do is pick the most generic war story ever told and slap that title on it. Who will ever know the difference? But with Halo its something completly different and unique on its own, it may have some similarities to the origonal Starship Troopers but it is still a unique story prospect.

MaplePebble
MaplePebble

I don't like where this is going at all. It sounds like just one of Dreamworks' attempts to score an undeserved cut in the pay using something that's not even theirs. If Microsoft gives them permission to do so, it'll be a dark day for Bungie, and even worse, the video game industry. Losing such a fantastic franchise to a greedy film corporation is not something I want to see. Ever.

New-Vegas-Fan
New-Vegas-Fan

I dont see what the big problem is, Spielberg is willing to do this!! Its combining one of the best gaming franchises with the greatest director in the world. I smell multi-trillion dollar profits.

blancobo
blancobo

It's a bit funny when the driver of the movie is the 200 Million in 24 hrs if you consider how well the Call of Duty franchise has done the past 3 yrs (MW, WaW, MW2)... based on this we are deemed to a Call of Duty movie some time. Fact is, this move fellas don't know what most gamers do... The movie to game cross, as well as the game to movie cross are not always successful stories. Just look at the Prince of Persia fiasco last may... the Max Payne - maximum painful (as the media has called it), and others for example.

fooltheroyalbos
fooltheroyalbos

@amaan4ever if you haven't followed the other halo movie news posted here. it was canceled due to it's ever growing budget. So District 9 was created instead.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

i heard about th halo movie after Halo 2 was released that was about 5-6 years ago......gamespot FAIL

kobyjordan7
kobyjordan7

I would probably go see it but what i want is another novel

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

@ jayd02 If James Cameron did a Halo movie he would make the UNSC some corporate owned millitary force whose purpose is to go "rape" innocent alien people and their planets of their culture and natural rescources, the Spartans would be death squads meant to exterminate those peace loving nature friendly Covanent. The Covanent wouldnt be invading the galaxy, they would be trying to enlighten it. The Flood would represent the symbiosis with nature that all people should strive for and Grave Mind would be the Tree of Life. Master Chief would be the Man who walks with indians... i mean aliens. Master Chief would start the movie fighting aliens and then realize that the covanent are the good guys, he turns to their side, beats earths forces and Yay the liberals win. No... I dont want James Cameron and his obvious liberal spin anywhere near Halo.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

I gotta say I'm with Jayd02 on this one, it takes a very special director to film a adeptation of a movie based on a video game. The only two directors I know that could make halo into a movie has to be Micheal Bay or James Cameron then again I could careless about a Halo movie through....

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@ WiteLite Max Payne was terrible brooooo. I can honestly say the only good movies based off of video games that cam out was the first Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil and Final Fantasy Advent Children(The Complete version anyway)

zaofreak03
zaofreak03

@ witelite As I said there are exceptions, but as of right now video game movies do seem cursed. I would also argue that the movies you listed off only seem good compared to the other video game movies that had no budget and where rushed. case and point, none of the movies you listed made it passed a 36% on rotten tomatoes, and still generally get poor reviews. I like these movies because Im a video game junkie, and love the fact that they have done better than their predecessors, and have hopes that video game movies can continue to progress. However the film critic in me must acknowledge that these movies are still pretty bad.

WiteLite
WiteLite

@zaofreak03 yes in the past most every movie was horrible. lately though all the video game movies have done very well. Resident evil, prince of persia, max pain. The biggest problem was a lack of funding. most game movies had an extremely low budget. Now they are realizing that if you take the concept and affix a large scale production value budget to these movies, they can do quite well.

zaofreak03
zaofreak03

I think even if it did get made there is a very good chance it would fit right in with most of the other video game movies made. Not very many video game movies make it past suck. Though there are exceptions...

jayd02
jayd02

I think if Michael Bay or James Cameron came up to M$ then they would do it hands down. I am not surprised M$ hasn't asked James to do the movie because almost every movie he does is a hit, it would only make since for him to work with one of the biggest game series.

funnysplay
funnysplay

Steven Spielberg hasn't done anything good since the 90's. And since Neill Blomkamp quit working on halo in 2006 and stated he never would again, their is no hope for any halo film that will ever come out.

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

I like halo as much as the next fella but it's time to take the project off life support, that thing has been in developmental hell for years. Between the producer, the studio, Microsoft and Bungie wanting some level of creative control it ends up being one big beirocratic mess... Though I did get to see video of a working warthog outta that whole fiasco so it wasn't a complete loss.

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

I was devastated when I learned the Halo movie wasn't going to be made, but this has renewed my hope. A Halo movie could be incredibly epic, and with a legendary director like Speilberg at the helm, this could really be something. Seriously, go and watch the various live-action Halo trailers and TV spots. The potential is there already. We just need to put it together.

Soilworker1234
Soilworker1234

@Sgthombre If it is done correctly, it will be amazing.

Kid2812
Kid2812

I dont own a XboX but a PS3 and i prefer Killzone over Halo which is why i brought a ps3 and not a xbox but i would love to see a movie based on Microsoft's best game it should be epic and i hope it doesnt scar the Halo name (not that i care)

SirMordredX
SirMordredX

@MrHatnClogs Yeah - that's one of the reasons I really don't want him to be involved with it. Way too family-adventure movie-type for my tastes - it's not bad, just not what a Halo movie should be ANYTHING like. @green_dominator Precisely why I mentioned SPR. He's a good director - but he would make a Halo movie way too mainstream-movie-like. His work is cool - but Halo is on a different level IMO. He makes most things a bit too hollywood for my liking.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Why would I watch this when I could play it?

jameslee1997
jameslee1997

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jameslee1997

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unbentonslaught
unbentonslaught

hey, if it screws up a multi-billion dollar franchise they should make it. Halo is way too overrated anyway.

Wookiemonster12
Wookiemonster12

@N0tYrBeezin they said what happened 5 years ago and then they are saying what's happening now need glasses?

Legolas22
Legolas22

Whoever was in charge of the live action trailers for the last few Halo games should make the movie. They're the best trailers for games or movies I've ever seen and to me capture the feeling of the Halo series. Microsoft would also have control then. Only problem is they wouldn't want to bankroll the project and I can't see a studio being prepared to just front the money and have nothing else to do with the film. They would also have to make sure that the film wouldn't get the "hollywood" treatment as it could end up as some cheesy piece of crap.

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

So gamespot runs out of news to write and has to dig this up from the 5 year old archive?

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Release a trailer, give us some casting info, then I'll be interested. These rumors have been flying around on-off for four years now.

Slagar
Slagar

I think most videogame-movies are missing interest/passion from the directors - not skill. Find a proven director who actually loves Halo and wants to do it justice, and you'll have a good movie.

TWayne1020
TWayne1020

Spielberg maybe could make a decent Halo movie , with the help of Goerge Lucas .Could be good as long as the editors don,t chop it to shreeds, like they do 99% of todays movies, which ruins them !!!! And Hollywood can not figure why their movies are no good today ?????

Valkarie3
Valkarie3

@ kenerhai The Fall of Reach was about the start of the Spartan project, its maturity and the whole cast of Eric Nylund's Spartans. I don't know if he created Dr. Halsey (which they botched horribly in the game ) but he gave her substance and Cortana a personality. I never looked at the Halo series the same since reading ' The Fall of Reach ' and ' First Strike' I really wish they would make those into movies. They could sum up the events of the games within an hour considering there isn't much acting involved, but to involve the whole cast would be stellar. This is news to me and hope that it indeed comes to fruition.