Groan....A "Halo" Movie is On the Way -- plus the Halo series on Paramount+

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une 10, 2005 - Two Hollywood studios are joining forces with Microsoft to bring Halo to the big screen. Today's Hollywood Reporter broke the news claiming that 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures are in negotiations to presumably split the production costs and divide the distribution rights for a flick based on the smash hit videogame franchise. Universal would release the movie in North America and Fox would handle overseas distribution.

Word of the deal comes just a few days after the script was delivered to studios by messengers dressed as Master Chief. Microsoft had developed the project in-house, hiring 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland to pen the script. They were originally asking for $10 million up-front and a percentage of the film's gross, but that deal was reportedly too much for the studios to stomach. No details on the new deal have been announced. Part of the original deal that may have remained intact is an agreement that the studio adhere to strict guidelines that have been set by the developers.

No directors have been linked to the project since the initial rumored involvement (or disinterest) of filmmaker Ridley Scott. Scott was said to have been approached with the idea of a Halo movie and upon further review said that he "didn't see a world for a story." But this was before Halo 2 was released and made oodles of money (and well before Garland's script was written), so it's possible Mr. Scott has adjusted his perspective. We'll let you know as soon as there are new developments.

latebloomer: We kissy kiss in the rear view (latebloomer), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 14:54 (eighteen years ago) link

A "Simpsons" movie is allegedly on the way as well:

http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/624/624719p1.html

June 13, 2005 - Fans who have enjoyed the long, successful run of The Simpsons might be happy to know that creator Matt Groening is putting the same writing talent used on the series to work on the Simpsons feature film.

After voice actress Nancy Cartwright broke the news that a movie was under way, E! Online received confirmation from studio spokeswoman Antonia Coffman.

"They are working on hammering out a script, but there's no title or production date or release date. We always wanted the show to end first but it just keeps going. Now they've worked out a team to simultaneously do [both the film and show]."

There appears to be no rush at this point, but if a relaxed schedule lets the producers keep the same talented people working on both the film and the series, Simpsons lovers can't ask for much more.

Details for the film's production still remain to be worked out. Groening and company might stick with Film Roman, which does the animation for the series, or they might bring on another company to animate the Simpsons movie.

Even if it takes a year or two, the film will almost certainly open before the series ends its run. The Simpsons is currently starting its 17th season on Fox this fall, and fulfilling its current contract would mean staying on the air for at least two more seasons afterward.

latebloomer: We kissy kiss in the rear view (latebloomer), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 14:57 (eighteen years ago) link

Where the hell is the Warcraft movie???

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 14:58 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm waiting for the "Tetris" flick myself.

latebloomer: We kissy kiss in the rear view (latebloomer), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 15:10 (eighteen years ago) link

PONG: EPISODE 1 -- THE SCORING MENACE

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 15:11 (eighteen years ago) link

PADDLE 1: *BOOP*
PADDLE 2: *BOOP*
PADDLE 1: *BOOP*
PADDLE 2: *BOOP*

PADDLE 1 flashbacks to his childhood, when a mysterious paddle fired a barrage of little white dots at his mother, killing her.

PADDLE 1: (eyes narrowing) *BOOP*
PADDLE 2: (missing dot) Fuck!

Bruce Bwned (Matt Chesnut), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 15:21 (eighteen years ago) link

ALL IN GLORIOUS THX DIGITAL SOUND

latebloomer: We kissy kiss in the rear view (latebloomer), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 15:54 (eighteen years ago) link

John Williams' greatest triumph.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 15:57 (eighteen years ago) link

Actually I'd like to see JON William's score for a "Pong" movie.

latebloomer: We kissy kiss in the rear view (latebloomer), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 16:00 (eighteen years ago) link

after the script was delivered to studios by messengers dressed as Master Chief.

...how did they get there? Did they ride bikes? I sure hope so.

giboyeux (skowly), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 16:01 (eighteen years ago) link

oh good, more potential work for Uwe Boll!

kf, Tuesday, 14 June 2005 16:23 (eighteen years ago) link

Clearly Rotterdam Termination Source is going to do the soundtrack to the Pong movie!

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 16:28 (eighteen years ago) link

oh good, more potential work for Uwe Boll!

-- kf (stil...), June 14th, 2005.

Nah...they'd give him the Red Faction or Deus Ex movie though.

latebloomer: We kissy kiss in the rear view (latebloomer), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 16:30 (eighteen years ago) link

Now, I'm wondering if they're going to do this movie like the game, with the master chief character having his helmet on the ENTIRE time.

latebloomer: We kissy kiss in the rear view (latebloomer), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 16:40 (eighteen years ago) link

Now, I'm wondering if they're going to do this movie like the game, with the master chief character having his helmet on the ENTIRE time.

Totally. Master Chief should be voiced by someone famous, mebbe (or whoever did his voice originally) and then have the REAL star playing a normal ground troop who bears witness. Or something.

giboyeux (skowly), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 16:44 (eighteen years ago) link

well, the Rock could do another militaristic shooter movie...

kingfish, Tuesday, 14 June 2005 16:53 (eighteen years ago) link

speaking of the Rock, did anyone actually SEE that Travolta flick he was in earlier this year?

kingfish, Tuesday, 14 June 2005 16:54 (eighteen years ago) link

I bet the rock would be good as the Chief! I think he gets a bad rap. Sure his movies sorta suck, but he's a charismatic and funny guy (in interviews at least)

giboyeux (skowly), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 16:56 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
AICN: "Quint interviews HALO director Neill Blomkamp!!!"

Marmot (marmotwolof), Thursday, 10 August 2006 23:01 (seventeen years ago) link

seventeen years pass...

Oh so we did have a Halo adaptation thread of sorts. Anyway the first season of the show the other year was kind of a quiet favorite of mine -- it wasn't truly great, sure, but it had a very spare, chilly vibe I kinda appreciated a lot, barely any game-style POV moments, exhibiting a lot of patient buildup. You can check it out in full on YouTube at present, and meantime season 2 arrives in February:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfiTJ2JNDco

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 2 December 2023 20:58 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

Second season starts today with two episodes, just finished 'em. I continue to like it in general, you can (understandably, given where it's going to go) feel the tension start to ratchet up as things get messier.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 9 February 2024 02:56 (one week ago) link

Just watched the first season this week and started s2. I gather they have someone different running things, but it’s yet to be seen how much the tone really shifts? Definitely a different approach so far.

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Friday, 16 February 2024 01:07 (five days ago) link

Different but not entirely removed. It’s doing some additional world building nicely, though given where things are at the end of the newest episode today that may not be the best phrasing…

Ned Raggett, Friday, 16 February 2024 02:09 (five days ago) link


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