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Halo Movie May Happen After All

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the you-must-care-about-this dept.

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spizkapa writes "On the back of the story about the Halo competition, Microsoft are reported to have reached a deal with Universal Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox to make a movie based on Halo and Halo-2. Apparently, Microsoft initially wanted $10 million plus 15% of the box office revenue but the deal was struck when the two studios teamed up and offered $5 million and 10% of initial box office revenue. Apparently, the formal announcement will take a further week after creative issues are agreed between the three parties involved."

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First,. (0, Offtopic)

BRUTICUS (325520) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795904)

wait, this isnt aint it cool news,..

I really dont want to see a Halo movie anyway. This capitalizing on video games is getting out of hand. It better be a good script.

Re:First,. (3, Funny)

RealityMogul (663835) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795976)

I'm sure it will be just as good as the game scripts.

Re:First,. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796229)

That bad, huh?

Re:First,. (1)

Hope Thelps (322083) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796329)

This capitalizing on video games is getting out of hand. It better be a good script.

I hope not. There must be more promising projects for any decent script writers to be working on.

Red Vs.Blue (5, Funny)

dextroz (808012) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795911)

They could just rehash the Red Vs Blue videos in high quality and 5.1 and it would be hilarious all over again!

Re:Red Vs.Blue (2, Interesting)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796306)

They could do worse than to have the Red vs. Blue guys write the script. There's never been a game-related intentional* comedy before. A Halo movie with humor would be great. Bungie has always been known for throwing inside jokes into their games. A comedic/dramatic Halo movie would rock.

* Many previous game-related movies have been unintentional laugh riots.

Re:Red Vs.Blue (1)

ChefJosh (654291) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796408)

You don't think Super Mario Bros. the movie was intentionally comedic?

Re:Red Vs.Blue (1)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796503)

Well if it was, it wasn't funny.

I don't know what to say (3, Funny)

udderly (890305) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795914)

They are really making a movie out of a video game? I guess that I just don't understand.

Re:I don't know what to say (4, Insightful)

NoMoreNicksLeft (516230) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795931)

You mean, you aren't aware that all video game-> movie transitions suck ass? Need I remind everyone of Street Fighter, the movie so bad it killed Raul Julia? Or how about Super Mario Bros. ?

Or maybe it's the confusion over why Microsoft would deserve anything but a token amount of upfront cash, seeing how they had nothing to do with writing what little story is behind a FPS game.

Re:I don't know what to say (4, Interesting)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795970)


So what is so original about this game that a studio needs to pay for the rights rather than do a sci-fi movie from scratch?

My (very) vague knowledge of the game is that it is set in an ring-like orbital. Maybe they'd get a cheaper deal off Iain M. Banks as he has plenty of these in his Culture novels. That's assuming any sci-fi author is still willing to sell rights after 'I, Robot.' :)

Re:I don't know what to say (3, Insightful)

ElVaquero (867318) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795996)

Well, with doing a franchise picture, you already have brand recognizability and several million guaranteed audience members.

Re:I don't know what to say (4, Interesting)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796222)

Unfortunately, Isaac Asimov died long before anyone thought about making a movie. Presumably, if he were still alive he would have exercised greater creative control, but I guess that's what happens when you deal with an author's estate ... all they care about is that they have some valuable IP to sell. Now, I, Robot was a quality movie in its own right and had it been called "Robot Independence Day" or some such I would have enjoyed it just fine, but they made the mistake of trying to reel in Asimov fans by hyping how it was based on his books. That was really a dumb move, considering that they've pretty much alienated most of them (I certainly won't bother taking in an I, Robot II, that's for sure.)

But yeah, you're right in that this is all about trying to capitalize on the success of a plot idea in one medium, by hoping it will translate into success in another. Taking on a genuinely new idea is more of a risk than recycling an existing successful one. Well, at least that seems to be the prevailing point of view in the industry. Generally it doesn't work so well, though. For that matter, the video game industry itself has fallen prey to the same kind of innovation-killing thinking that Hollywood has.

Re:I don't know what to say (1)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796639)


But yeah, you're right in that this is all about trying to capitalize on the success of a plot idea in one medium, by hoping it will translate into success in another.

Actually my point was more along the lines of why do they need to pay huge fees to Microsoft for ideas that are common Sci-Fi standards. They don't need to.

I think the previous poster was right - they are paying solely for brand recognition. I just disagree that this is in any way worth 10% of takings and millions in advance. Instead, they could just make a good film and reviews and word of mouth would be worth ten times that.

Re:I don't know what to say (1)

Ichimusai (565511) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796084)

I don't know, it does not have to be bad just because it is based on a computer game. While a lot of movies are nonsense no matter if they are based on computer games or not, I still enjoy a few of them. One example could perhaps be Tomb Raider which - if not a high-brow movie in any way - still was entertaining and made for some nice action scenes.

Re:I don't know what to say (1)

nanoakron (234907) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796113)

I think you'll find Raul Julia died of a stroke the year that Street Fighter was released. So unless you're saying there's a link between making shitty movies and developing cancer leading to a stroke...you've got the wrong end of the stick.

-Nano.

Re:I don't know what to say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796340)

(-1, Humorless)

Re:I don't know what to say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12795939)

I assume you've heard of Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider, etc...

Re:I don't know what to say (4, Funny)

screwballicus (313964) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795968)

In case you aren't aware, some of the

great [imdb.com]
masterpieces [imdb.com]
of the
modern [imdb.com]
era [imdb.com]

are based on video games.

Re:I don't know what to say (5, Funny)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796026)

In case you aren't aware, some of the

great
masterpieces
of the
modern
era

are based on video games.


If there's any marketing / advertising person at imdb who has to analyse the hits for various movies, I'd love to see them trying to puzzle out the /. anomalies.

"Hmmm... 2:10 EST, sudden massive spikes on Street Fighter and House of the Dead. What does it MEEEAANNN!!!!"

Re:I don't know what to say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796261)

You have to question the career of Uwe Boll [imdb.com] . Between this year and next year, he is apparently directing at least 4 movies based on video games (Alone in the Dark, Bloodrayne, Dungeon Siege, Far Cry). Others look like they are potentially video-game transitions (at least their names fit that category - Hunter: The Reckoning, Night Claws, Fear Effect).

It's astounding even to think that one person could direct 7 movies in 24 months. I can just imagine that these are quite top-notch direct-to-video flicks ;)

Re:I don't know what to say (2, Interesting)

randallschleufer (807425) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796390)

I guess I am the only one that thought the Halo storylines sucked ass. Predictible and assinine, and a bit too fluffy for my liking. What the hell is up with all the purple and PINK? Are we fighting the Care Bears?

newsflash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12795918)

I read this on google news like two days ago. I'm not complaining, but Slashdot is running a little behind on this one.

an educated guess (5, Funny)

DualG5GUNZ (762655) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795927)

The irony of this movie is that all the graphics work will be done on Macs.

Re:an educated guess (4, Informative)

the_weasel (323320) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795950)

Don't bet on it.

Outside of Pixar, the actual use of Mac's for animation and effects is still a very small minority.

Re:an educated guess (2, Insightful)

rogue555 (671448) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796082)

Also, note that Pixar uses Macs and PC's running linux for animation.
What kind of computers does Pixar use to make its movies? "We use Macs, we use PCs running Linux," Jobs admitted. "It pains me to write that purchase order to Dell."

Re:an educated guess (1)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796244)

"We use Macs, we use PCs running Linux," Jobs admitted. "It pains me to write that purchase order to Dell."

Perhaps this is yet another reason why Apple is going MacIntel? ;-) I'm sure those spiffy new x86 Macs will happily run Debian when they are released.

Re:an educated guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796653)

PPC Macs will happily run Debian right now...

Re:an educated guess (1)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796107)

Don't bet on it.

Outside of Pixar, the actual use of Mac's for animation and effects is still a very small minority.

So they'll be using Linux on Intel?

Re:an educated guess (1)

DJP3221 (890916) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796182)

Not entriely true... As long as this movie is done right with a lot of input from Bungie, then this can be a major breakthrough in game to movie transitions.

Re:an educated guess (1)

pwnage (856708) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795960)

The irony of your post is that Bungie was originally a Mac-only developer.

Re:an educated guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12795995)

god, i miss Myth so bad

Re:an educated guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796020)

god, i miss Myth so bad

Then go play Myth [playmyth.net] . You can still play it online, no serial number required anymore. It has even been updated [projectmagma.net] .

Re:an educated guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12795998)

No, the irony is in the fact that Macs will be used to earn Microsoft $5,000,000 + 10%.

Re:an educated guess (1)

hubang (692671) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796256)

That's also the irony of the development of Halo 3. The dev kits for the Xbox 360 are (were?) Macs.

Re:an educated guess (1)

capicu (880524) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796282)

not so ironic since bungie use macs to make halo anyway

Re:an educated guess (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796585)

I thought that irony has worn off already because MS is using Macs as their dev kits for the X360?

Just maybe!! (1)

tenverras (855530) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795929)

You never know, it just might be then suddenly realizing: Holy sh*t! We forgot to make an ending to Halo 2! Quick let's jump on the bandwagon again and make a movie before Nintendo can release a Metroid movie or Id releases their Doom3 movie!

Sweet (1)

PoopJuggler (688445) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795937)

One more movie to fill the Sunday Afternoon Crappy Movie Lineup

Quality Control? (5, Interesting)

alvinrod (889928) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795953)

Although Microsoft seems to be pushing to have a say in the creative developement of the movie, I'm wondering how much they'll end up getting. I'd really hate to see a movie with so much promise end up being ruined by a movie company that probably doesn't know anything about the Halo universe.

The major console makers and game studies should jointly create a studio, or an offshoot of one of the major ones that currently exists that will be responsible for making all game movies. This way the game companies will have a lot more decision making process and control over the content of the movies. Although something like this will never happen, it would prevent any chance of Halo being turned into a romantic comedy by some movie company who's bigwigs wouldn't know their ass from an Xbox.

Re:Quality Control? (4, Funny)

zr-rifle (677585) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796000)

> Although Microsoft seems to be pushing to have a say in the creative developement of the movie, I'm wondering how much they'll end up getting

The Covenant will run Linux.

Rumors are that Jeff Goldblum will have a leading role too...

Re:Quality Control? (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796017)

I don't see why Microsoft is even bothering.

* If it's to sell more copies of Halo - who the hell doesn't already know about it and own it, if they want it?

* If it's to make money off the movie, even if the movie makes $100m, they're only getting $15m total. What's that, two of Bill's shower curtains?

Re:Quality Control? (1)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796034)

Although Microsoft seems to be pushing to have a say in the creative developement of the movie, I'm wondering how much they'll end up getting. I'd really hate to see a movie with so much promise end up being ruined by a movie company that probably doesn't know anything about the Halo universe.

From everything I've heard about the Halo "storyline" the only chance we have of a decent movie is to keep Microsoft far away from the project.

Re:Quality Control? (1)

iamlucky13 (795185) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796475)

I'm not quite sure what you're saying, partially because I think you're confusing who wrote the game and who published it. The game is by Bungie Software. Microsoft is that big company in Redmond that builds the X-box. Keeping Microsoft away from the project would probably help keep the game consistent with the original storyline, which apparently you have "heard" about but not experienced.

I personally think it's a great storyline and turns a game with already fun gameplay into an awesome experience.

Re:Quality Control? (1)

maelstrom (638) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796041)

So much promise? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Has ANY movie based on a video game been close to good? The only one I can think of is MAYBE Mortal Kombat.

Re:Quality Control? (1)

Mahou (873114) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796315)

not maybe, mortal kombat was awesome. and why don't people like resident evil?!?

Re:Quality Control? (1)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796108)

because that whole "game designers know most about the game universe and can thus create greate movies" concept worked so greate for wing commander or final fantasy?

Re:Quality Control? (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796179)

a movie with so much promise

Someone needs to watch the Mario Brothers movie... Double Dragon, Street Fighter, Resident Evil, etc.

I wish I hadn't.

Re:Quality Control? (1)

SWTP_OS9 (658064) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796285)

With the ego levels of both MS and Hollywood. Will be more intersting on the behind the seens battle than the battles on the screen!

have seen one shot of the Doom movie! And that was planed how long ago? It just barelly older on first anouncement than the next Duke Nukum!

Re:Quality Control? (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796457)

"Although Microsoft seems to be pushing to have a say in the creative developement of the movie, I'm wondering how much they'll end up getting. I'd really hate to see a movie with so much promise end up being ruined by a movie company that probably doesn't know anything about the Halo universe."

Wait... you think the movie studio is going to have a better idea than the company who made millions on it?

Re:Quality Control? (2, Informative)

Spy Hunter (317220) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796518)

Well, at least the script they're starting with is completely approved by Bungie. Here's what Frankie (of bungie.net "weekly what's update" fame) has to say about it:

Moviegoers ask,
Have you read the Halo movie script?

I've read an early draft of the script, and it rules. I heart Alex Garland's stuff anyway, from The Tesseract to 28 Days Later. Garland also wrote the script for an upcoming Sci-Fi flick, Sunshine, which you can read more about here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448134/ [imdb.com]

Best thing about Alex, apart from his ability to type awesomeness, is that he's actually a Halo fan, and he really, really gets it.

link [bungie.net]

So they've got a script written by a Halo fan who also happens to be an accomplished Hollywood screenwriter, and Bungie likes it. Sounds like they could be on the right track. I'm not familiar with Alex Garland's work myself.

Pete, meet Repeat. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12795958)

Yeah, great, whatever. This was a non-event yesterday morning when it was all over the blogs. Now it's a pretty old non-event (in Internet terms).

I predict that we'll have a story about the guys dressed up as the Master Chief showing up at studios in Hollywood by tomorrow morning. And a story about them refusing to leave and about the guy who took off his helmet the day after that. Bah.

It's not going to be that hard/new. (2, Funny)

ian rogers (760349) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795961)

They already had like 5 bajillion hours of cut scenes in Halo 2.

Take out the game play in between, and you've got a movie that's longer than most of the ones coming out lately.

Re:It's not going to be that hard/new. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796536)

5 bajillion hours? More 10 cutscenes that were all 5 minutes long each at MOST.

Re:It's not going to be that hard/new. (1)

rufo (126104) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796649)

I think you're getting Metal Gear Solid and Halo confused.

Box office revenue vs profit (4, Informative)

magarity (164372) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795980)

plus 15% of the box office revenue

Notice Microsoft is smart enough to not want a cut of total profits. The history of movies is littered with the broken remains of writers who sold their movie rights for a percentage of the profits only to find that movies make no profits. It's called "Hollywood accounting". If you ever have, or ever know someone who is getting a movie deal, make sure the contract is for a cut of the box office take and not the profits.

Re:Box office revenue vs profit (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796033)

What's interesting is how much MS is making. 10% of box office revenues isn't all that much less than what the theatres themselves make. The 15% that they were asking for is about the same that a theatre makes in the first few weeks of a movie release. If the movie is a guaranteed hit, they'll make closer to 10%. So, when you buy an $8 ticket to this movie, 80 cents will go to MS, somewhere between 80 cents and $1.20 will go to the theatre and the remaining $6+ goes to the studio.

i can't wait for (1)

LewieP (883971) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795985)

the game of the film that'll be awesome...

either that or as bad as "Street Fighter: The movie: The Game"

Re:i can't wait for (1)

Lepaca Kliffoth (850669) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796365)

I want "Halo: The Movie: The Game: The Official Guide"

Re:i can't wait for (1)

LewieP (883971) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796530)

ime gonna hold out for

Halo: The Movie: The Game: The Official Guide: The Collectors Edition

I like the idea of 'Halo High' (1)

PocketPick (798123) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795993)

Staring 'Chiefing' Master Chief?

Hey, it could work.

Re:I like the idea of 'Halo High' (1)

Script0r (305025) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796192)

who the hell says chiefing? are you from some european country?

At long last last...? (5, Insightful)

TheCamper (827137) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796006)

I'm not a big Halo fan myself (fps don't belong on consoles, but that's a flame for another day) but it's kind of refreshing that the movie industry is whoring itself out to the gaming industry for once, instead of the other way around. I'm sick of crappy games being put out by every single movie, just as an extra boost for cash.

Of course, movies have been made before based on games, but Hollywood merely buys the name, and makes a craptastical movie having nothing to do with the actual game (see Resident Evil, Alone in the Dark, soon to be Doom 3) in hopes that the popularity of the name will bring revenue. Hopefully this time a gaming franchise will be saved from this fate due to Bungie's insistance on Hollywood following the Halo Bible.

Re:At long last last...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796161)

I'm not a big Halo fan myself (fps don't belong on consoles, but that's a flame for another day) but it's kind of refreshing that the movie industry is whoring itself out to the gaming industry for once, instead of the other way around. I'm sick of crappy games being put out by every single movie, just as an extra boost for cash.

You obviously haven't played Halo much. It's easily one of the best FPS titles ever, bar none. It overflows with excellent gameplay, and its controls and multiplayer are second to none.

Since I have that out of the way, I should warn you that most everyone else is sick of crappy movies being made out of games, not just crappy games being made out of movies.

Re:At long last last...? (4, Insightful)

ruiner13 (527499) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796397)

"fps don't belong on consoles"

I dunno, if they are done right they can be killer. Goldeneye and Perfect Dark on the N64 come to mind. These games absolutely rocked.

Let's just hope... (3, Funny)

Spoing (152917) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796018)

...it's as good as Wing Commander. [leaps into flame-proof bunker]

Re:Let's just hope... (1)

lowe0 (136140) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796045)

The sad part is, Chris Roberts directed the movie. If you make a shitty movie out of your own game, you've got no one to blame but yourself.

Re:Let's just hope... (1)

DarkAurora (324657) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796658)

I actually liked that movie. It's better than most video game adaptations. Of course, I never played the game.

Good Negotiating Tactics (5, Informative)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796066)

It's always wise to begin the negotiations by asking for too much that the other side can back away from than risk asking for too little. This was one of the more worthwhile lessons from one of the tasks in the Apprentice Season 3.

This movie is by no means a guaruanteed success. Let's take a look at the last few video game movies (Ignoring Pokemon):

  • Resident Evil - Gross: $40m (Domestic), Costs: $53m.
  • Resident Evil: Apocolypse - Gross: 51m (Domestic), Costs: $70m.
  • Super Mario Brothers - Gross: $21m (Domestic), Costs: $48m.
  • Mortal Kombat - Gross: $70m (Domestic) 52m (Overseas), Costs: $?m.
  • Mortal Kombat 2- Gross: $36m (Domestic) 15m (Overseas), Costs: $?m.
  • Tomb Raider: $131m (Domestic) $143m (Overseas), Costs: $115m (Production only, not marketing).
  • House of the Dead - Gross: $10m (Domestic) 4m (Overseas), Costs: $22m.
  • Double Dragon - Gross: $2m (Domestic), Costs: $?m.
  • Final Fantasy - Gross: $32m (Domestic) 53m (Overseas), Costs: $137m.
  • Street Fighter - Gross: $33m (Domestic) $66m (Overseas), Costs: $35m (production only, no marketing).
  • Wing Commander - Gross: $12m (Domestic), Costs: $30m (marketing not included).

Ok, I'm sure I missed. But the one that Halo most resembles in terms of popularity and a big budget is Final Fantasy. I really enjoyed that film, and I'm unsure why it did so poorly. But from MS's point of view, they have nothing at risk financially (maybe a lousy movie - and that didn't hurt the popularity of Mario's games). Expect to see trailers for Halo3 at the start of the HAlo Movie.

Re:Good Negotiating Tactics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796097)

The Wizard should probably be in there too, though it wasn't a "video game converted to a movie" so much as a "movie about video games with rampant product placement."

Re:Good Negotiating Tactics (1)

dahlek (861921) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796124)

You forgot Alone in the Dark - what a fabulous flick that was...

Re:Good Negotiating Tactics (1)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796171)

Good catch:

  • AitD - Gross: $5m (Domestic) 1m (Overseas), Costs: $20m (production only).

Re:Good Negotiating Tactics (1)

16K Ram Pack (690082) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796280)

So, of all of those, it appears that 2 made more in gross than costs. And then, that's gross. Someone told me for a movie to break even, it had to take 3 times the costs in gross (I think that's a rough figure, you get these DVD sleepers that act as exceptions).

Re:Good Negotiating Tactics (1)

DSLAMngu (715456) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796336)

Final Fantasy: TSW failed because
  • Otaku stigma
  • Didn't actually capture any essence of Final Fantasy
  • Mediocre story
  • Bad reviews

Re:Good Negotiating Tactics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796406)

You forgot: almost-but-not-quite-real faces/expressions on the characters that looked a bit strange.

Re:Good Negotiating Tactics (1)

darkstar949 (697933) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796441)

You pretty much nailed it to a "T" right there - odds are if the movie had been marked as "The Sprits Within" and that is was produced by the creators of Final Fantasy it would have done much better.

If you put aside the Final Fantasy in the name the movie is a decent enough Sci-Fi flick with some slight philosophical overtones, but it is no way worthy of the Final Fantasy name.

Re:Good Negotiating Tactics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796474)

"Expect to see trailers for Halo3 at the start of the HAlo Movie."

Then they better get the movie made quickly, because Halo 3 is due to come out at the same time as the PS3, which is next spring.

Slashdot Search (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796076)

Please can editors put the Google search back on? Slashdot Search is ridiculously crap.

Re:Slashdot Search (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796443)

I second this.

m(pl0s one Informative) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796090)

Tomb raider and Resident Evil (2, Funny)

zymano (581466) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796115)

Should have won oscars.

I predict Halo will be bigger than Star Wars.

Re:Tomb raider and Resident Evil (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796199)

I predict you're an idiot.

Re:Tomb raider and Resident Evil (1)

Rabid_Llama (873072) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796450)

i will chop off all of your precious typing fingers for such blasphemy. even if it was a joke, such things should never be typed.

it's already been done (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796118)

http://www.halothemotionpicture.com/ [halothemotionpicture.com] Halo the motion picture... it's not about the video game, but still a fantastic movie.

Thank god (0, Redundant)

jbplou (732414) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796156)

Its a good thing, now we can get another quality video game movie. I bet it will be as good as Mario Brothers, Wing Commander, or Resident Evil.

bomb (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796176)

Heres hoping this movie totally bombs at the box office and the studios NEVER trust anything from Microsoft again.

Re:bomb (0, Redundant)

Mahou (873114) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796590)

then microsoft will buy some studio and take over the movie industry

Could work! (1)

Mechcozmo (871146) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796186)

Just start off with a new story. Use the characters, etc. But who says you need to follow the game-story of HALO 1 or 2?

Halo Bible? (4, Insightful)

thundar2000 (459149) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796235)


Um, isn't the Halo Bible just:

Shoot Aliens, Open Door, Repeat.

(and)

Halo really is just Ringworld meets Starship Troopers meets Doom - not very original, I'm pretty sure it will make a stinky movie.

Back to the game...

dude, shut the fuck up. (1)

queef_latina (847562) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796489)

I can take your 'shoot aliens ... repeat line" and use it to be disengenuous about any sci fi story.

They would be much better off... (2, Informative)

Razzak (253908) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796237)

If they used the Marathon storyline as opposed to the Halo storyline. For those who don't know, Marathon, Marathon: Durandal, and the final Marathon were all for mac before MS bought Bungie. The first two had the best storylines ever, and were written by a different company than the 3rd and the Halo series. I really hope the first two are used for the storyline, as they are far superior in enough ambiguity to make it interesting (think: Bladerunner) and the best AI character development I've ever seen.

http://marathon.bungie.org/story/ [bungie.org]

If they know what's good for them... (3, Interesting)

mbrother (739193) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796351)

...they'll lean heavily on Eric Nylund's novelizations, which are pretty good. You need additional backstory and characterization to make a decent script out of Halo, and these books provide it.

R E T A R D E D ! ! ! (1)

cyberspittle (519754) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796353)

Making a movie about Halo or Halo 2 is a waste of time. If you have ever played Halo (do you really exist in this universe) or Halo 2, you know for a fact it should be a TV series. That's right folks, I said what should have been stated. Let's think about it. Doesn't the format of the game really make a cool series. Who wants to wait 2 to 3 years for a sequel? After all, the game will change faster than Hollywood could keep up. How would you like to wait over a year for a R vs B ? You wouldn't want to a neither do I. A movie is plain stupid. I want a new show every week. I like the new BSG (Battle Star Galactica) and don't want a movie of it, as it would suck (just like the Star Trek series are better than their movies).

Boring (1)

Gundampilotspaz (651286) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796355)

Is the movie going to end just when its getting good also?

Halo??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796458)

Even the tiny rabid xbox crowd is sick of Halo after the mess Halo 2 turned out to be.

I would rather sit through a fucking Tomb Raider movie than waste time watching a camera pan slow around that stupid shiny green helmet for an hour and a half. I can just hop on over to NVidia's dev site and get all the 'shiny shine' for free.

No thanks.

wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12796487)

I thought Windows buyers were suckers. These ones are paying $5 million plus a % to actually promote a Microsoft product!

Double wow! Triple wow!

I bet this will get 3 standing ovations at Cannes (5, Funny)

carcosa30 (235579) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796534)

Just the other day, I overheard a number of noted French art-film directors and aficionados at La Petite Couchon, a Cannes sidewalk bistro, enthusing about how excited they were about the prospect of a Halo movie. They were also excited about a possible Halo II movie, and were practically beside themselves with joy at the idea of the angst, dystopianism and emotional involvement of the Master Chief being brought to the silver screen.

We know what Microsoft is REALLY up to! (2, Funny)

mister_llah (891540) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796634)

Oh come on, we all know they just want to make a movie so they can make a game out of it! Those bastards! ... what, why is everyone staring at me?

Creative Control (1)

sammyo (166904) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796647)

MS required final cut. They know how to make movies. This is one trainwreck I'm looking forward too seeing on MST2000.

Oh, they also requested 60 first class airfare seat for MS employees to attend the premier. Good plan, it would've doubled the audience.

Uh, how about giving Pournelle and Niven credit (1)

instantgames (610178) | more than 9 years ago | (#12796651)

Halo is a rip-off (no proceeds to the authors) of the award-winning science fiction novel by Jerry Pournell and Larry Niven. What a shame that the brilliant novel isn't coming to film, instead of the fun, but plotless video game.
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