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Halo Film Still On Track

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the jackson-got-back dept.

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Eurogamer reports that, despite the decision by Fox and Universal to back out of the movie's production, the film version of Halo will move forward. From the article: "Now Microsoft has released an official statement via the Bungie website which reads: 'We are disappointed that Universal and Fox wanted to significantly renegotiate the financial points of the deal. But the Halo franchise is hugely popular and our goal remains the same - to find a partner that shares our passion and will creatively collaborate with us to best represent the story and spirit of the Halo franchise ... Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and the rest of the creative team are dedicated to ensuring the Halo movie becomes a reality,' the statement continues.

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why? (4, Funny)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16549698)

As time goes on, is there really much difference between watching leading-edge graphics video in demo mode, and a film of the game? Perhaps a "Halo" movie might be interesting if it had a running sarcastic commentary from sillouhette heads of Morgan Webb and Adam Sassler. On second thought, make sure to silhouette more than Morgan's head.

Re:why? (1)

Brigade (974884) | more than 7 years ago | (#16549938)

Yes, there is a bit of difference. Remember Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within? That basically amounted to a 'leading-edge graphics video in demo mode.'

Re:why? (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550000)

"Yes, there is a bit of difference. Remember Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within? "

Yes. Everyone had these inhumanly slow and fluid motions, especially of the head. As if each of the characters was suffering a horrible migraine during the whole picture. The "Spider-Man" digital cartoon that aired on MTV a few years ago had this exact same problem, even though the rest of the look was very different,

Re:why? (1)

malsdavis (542216) | more than 7 years ago | (#16551280)

I'd of thought the Hollywood guys would have got the message with Doom's amazing flop. It'd be a heck of a lot simpler for the lot of them to just chuck their money in a bin and set it alight.

Re:why? (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16551318)

"I'd of thought the Hollywood guys would have got the message with Doom's amazing flop. It'd be a heck of a lot simpler for the lot of them to just chuck their money in a bin and set it alight."

They could have literally videotaped someone's Doom session, spent a few minutes inserting here and there the already-available 3d model of The Rock's face (used in Mummy 2), and put this in theatres. Would you have known the difference?

Re:why? (1)

Criterion (51515) | more than 7 years ago | (#16553186)

I know I would have. The movie is not NEARLY as interesting as watching someones actual game session. (yeah, I tried to watch it again today, and fell asleep.. AGAIN)

Re:why? (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16553372)

Let's put it this way: the credits, which is just a Doom-style shooting of all the names of the people who did the film while a NIN song is playing, were more interesting than the song itself.

Re:why? (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16553396)

Oops, than 'the movie itself'.

Re:why? (1)

jackbird (721605) | more than 7 years ago | (#16557804)

Usually a different production company is hired to make the title sequence of a movie. And for most stuff coming out of Hollywood, it's the most interesting part of the film.

Re:why? (1)

Deflatamouse! (132424) | more than 7 years ago | (#16552440)

I might pay to see them set $200 million in $100 denominations on fire! How long will it take to burn up 2 million $100 bills?

Re:why? (1)

Trillan (597339) | more than 7 years ago | (#16552646)

Pluto Nash x 2?

Re:why? (1)

malsdavis (542216) | more than 7 years ago | (#16552712)

No, No, No. They have to do it all at once for dramatic effect.
Besides if they did it at a rate of one $100 bill a second it would take around 23 days according to my lousy maths skills.

And watching them do that for 23 days would be almost as boring as watching the extended "director's cut" edition of the Doom movie!
Although of course, 23 days still wouldn't be long enough for me to recite the entire list of plot holes in the film.
(with the first hole being the complete lack of an actual plot!)

Re:why? (1)

name*censored* (884880) | more than 7 years ago | (#16557932)

I might pay to see them set $200 million in $100 denominations on fire! How long will it take to burn up 2 million $100 bills?

And since you're probably not the only one who would want to see that (hell, if people only ever wanted to watch something original and interesting, the box offices would be deserted), they can use the money they make from the original and make a sequel! It's a neverending cycle* that will ruin the economy with anti-inflation! hurrah!

*Until people get bored of the sequels.

Re:why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16562238)

Morgan has a head?!?

Halo? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16549724)

Pie hole... shut it!

Fist Prost bitches!

Video game movies (2, Interesting)

beavt8r (919284) | more than 7 years ago | (#16549734)

I really hope they can recreate the feel of the game in the movie. We all know video game movies don't usually do well, but they have potential. I liked in Doom when they had the first-person perspective, i thought it was a great touch. I think I would watch the Halo movie (if it indeed does come out) just because of the many nights I've spent getting my butt kicked. With the huge popularity of the Halo series, I do hope it is a good movie.

But, with the up and down of "Yes it will be made" and "No, we're not going to make it" it makes me wonder if it actually will make it to the theatre.

Peter? (1)

wrackedmind (902061) | more than 7 years ago | (#16549754)

I bet they could get more support if Jackson was the director instead of the producer.

Re:Peter? (3, Interesting)

BewireNomali (618969) | more than 7 years ago | (#16549990)

definitely. in fact this would be open/shut if peter jackson was directing. it's frankly puzzling why they chose the blomkamp guy when he AFAIK has not even directed a distributed feature yet. Not even one. It's tough to sell studios on that much cash and tell them that a guy who technically has never directed a movie before is in charge of what they'll see on-screen. in fact, that is a fool's errand on paper. especially given the mixed success of video game adaptations.

Much goes on that isn't being disclosed.

Re:Peter? (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550304)

"in fact, that is a fool's errand on paper. especially given the mixed success of video game adaptations."

I think the success is going to be more and more mixed the more and more advanced the games get: the difference between a videogame film and the demo mode of the game itself is fast dwindling. Look for a "Halo" movie that, if placed as a long AVI clip in the intro sequence to the Halo 3 game (instead of in the theatres), nobody would really notice anything special.

Re:Peter? (1)

BewireNomali (618969) | more than 7 years ago | (#16551668)

I agree with you. Even Peter Jackson himself noted that he finds games more exciting these days than film.

Re:Peter? (1)

Lovedumplingx (245300) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550638)

"in fact, that is a fool's errand on paper."

Not really. He's done a decent bit of animation in TV and film. He's directed one piece, but the reality of Hollywood is it's all about who you know. If Jackson is "vouching" for him that's a great start in many circles and enough that many times you would be able to keep a Fox or a Universal on board.

Re:Peter? (1)

BewireNomali (618969) | more than 7 years ago | (#16551134)

I work in film. I've seen his work. As much as I've heard, much of the conflict revolves around the studios refusing to put this much cash behind this film if he's directing. It only confirms the fact that they feel this to be a risky proposition for a first time director.

I don't know of an instance where a 200 million dollar film is directed by a first time feature director. I don't think such an instance exists.

The Jackson co-sign notwithstanding, I'm interested in a couple of things: why Peter isn't directing himself, and whether Microsoft is as enthusiastic about Blomkamp as Jackson is.

Re:Peter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16551068)

Have you bothered to look at what Blomkamp can do? The man, with a much, much smaller budget than Peter Jackson, has created the most believable 3d work I've ever seen. I can only imagine what he could do with weta. Check out his work, tetra vaal and especially Alive In Joburg. Imagine what he could do with a plot like "I love bees." As for Jackson, he made it big ONLY through special effects, so explain to me how Blomkamp is any different.

Re:Peter? (4, Interesting)

BewireNomali (618969) | more than 7 years ago | (#16551386)

I will explain. Peter Jackson directed several feature films ( I think the exact number is 4; he'd produced twice as many features roughly in the same time span) by the time he was commisioned to do LOTR. He proved himself capable of handling multimillion dollar budgets and incorporating his technical expertise into telling cogent narrative. He also proved himself an excellent manager of resources and was ready to exploit the tax advantages of shooting in New Zealand. So to say that Jackson made it big only through special effects is not accurate. I suspect this is why you posted as AC.

Your assessment is based on emotion (he's created the most unbelievable 3d work I've ever seen... I can imagine... etc.) and hype; there are a lot of people who are far more qualified to direct a film of this magnitude who have displayed Blomkamp's skillset and more.

I suspect the following: Blomkamp is a layer to shield Peter Jackson from personal damage to his brand should the film not do well or not be well received. Thus there needs to be significant disparity between relative skillsets. A failure is chalked up to: he's young and inexperienced, but shows promise. A success is win/win for everyone. This is risk mitigation. Jackson will essentially be directing this film. Blomkamp serves a dual role; he will essentially be pimped out on Hollywood projects afterwards; Jackson will be attached to all as exec producer (as will Weta be, of course: he needs to work hard to chip away at ILM's Hollywood monopoly) and collect his cut in addition to working on his own projects, essentially doubling his earning potential with nominal additional work.

Re:Peter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16551928)

I disagree somewhat. Peter Jackson is very hands on, and can be expected to do some directing and a lot of interaction with Blomkamp, but I don't think Blomkamp is just going to be the "ghost" director for this project.
Jackson is spread a little thin, as he is already making The Lovely Bones, and will be executive producing The Dambusters as well. During this time he will be collaborating to make another videogame/"interactive story" with Bungie/Microsoft, and we can expect that in about 2 year's time he will also be wrapping up contracts on production of The Hobbit.
(I don't think he'll direct The Hobbit, but I do think it will go ahead. He'll executive produce most probably, while directing a new movie in the mid-budget range after The Lovely Bones would be my best guess...)

Neill Blomkamp will definitely be directing most of the movie, and it will certainly be strongly his vision, but I do agree that with Peter Jackson the lines get blurred - if you have watched any of the extras for Lord of the Rings, it was quite clear that for the second two movies that Fran Walsh and even Philippa Boyens did some directing (Fran Walsh seemed to do a significant part), and at times Peter even had his executive producers out there directing scenes (to stop them from talking to him about budgets, according to Jackson!) :)

Re:Peter? (1)

jackbird (721605) | more than 7 years ago | (#16557852)

ILM's Hollywood monopoly? Leafed through an issue of Cinefex lately? There's a heaping double handful of large VFX shops and an army of boutiques doing a booming business, and every large project these days employs multiple shops.

Not Mentioned in TFA (2, Funny)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 7 years ago | (#16549780)

Now that Anna Nicole Smith has replaced Paris Hilton as Cortana the project is back on track.

Will Fall Down on Story? (-1, Troll)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 7 years ago | (#16549796)

It will probably stink like the Lord of the Rings. No real conflict - just ugly people versus pretty people - and no real story.

It will be very shiny, with lots of orcs, er, spartans, I'm sure.

Halo on track... (-1, Offtopic)

hurting now (967633) | more than 7 years ago | (#16549846)

Damn.

Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16549862)

Although the old Marathon games had fantastic stories, the two Halo games are embarrassingly dull even for the fps genre.

This desperation move by Microsoft to self fund this assured turkey of a movie is like some worthless rich person paying to make their own biography on film that no one else cares about.

The only thing notable about the entire Halo 'universe' is that stupid green metal effect...

Re:Pathetic (1)

Nimrangul (599578) | more than 7 years ago | (#16551400)

Viva Señor Burns!

Hold on now, he's a friend. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16549884)

=Oh? I didn't realize. He's your pal, is he? Your chum? Do you have any idea what that bastard almost made you do?!
-Yes... Activate Halo's [financial] defenses, and destroy the [doubters], which is why we brought the [bag of money] to the control center.
=You mean this? [holds up a sack-o-cash© of fanboy money]
+A fanboy?! In the core?! That is absolutely unacceptable!
=Sod off!
+What impertinence! I shall purge you at once!
=You sure that's a good idea?
+How, how... How dare you! I'll-
=Do what? I have the [money]! You can just float and sputter!
-Enough! The flood [of disinterest] is spreading. If we activate Halo's [financial] defenses, we can wipe them out.
=You have no idea how this [bankroll] works, do you? Why the forerunners built it? Halo doesn't kill flood, it kills their food. Humans, covenant, [fanboys,] whatever. We're all equally [disposible]. The only way to stop the flood is to starve them to death. And that's exactly what Halo is designed to do; wipe the galaxy clean of all [interest]. You don't believe me? Ask him.
-Is this true?
+(pauses) More or less. Technically, this [adaptation's] pulse has a maximum effective radius of twenty-five thousand [theaters]. But, once the others follow suit, this galaxy will be quite devoid of [interest], or at least any [interest] with sufficient [income] to sustain the flood. (pause) But you already knew that. I mean, how couldn't you?
=Left out that little detail, did he?
+We have followed outbreak containment procedure to the letter. You were with me each step of the way, as we managed this crisis.
=Chief, I'm picking up movement!
+Why would you hesitate to do what you have already done?
=We need to go, right now.
+Last time, you asked me, if it was my choice, would I do it? Having considerable time to ponder your query, my answer has not changed.
=There is no choice. We must activate the [bankroll].
=(whispers in Master Chief's head) Get us out of here!
+If you are unwilling to help, I will simply find another. Still, I must have the [money]. Give your [fanboys] to me, or I will be forced to take [them] from you.
-That's not going to happen.
+So be it. Save his [wallet]. Dispose of the rest.

-Bungie
=Fans
+Microsoft

-Nis

Re:Hold on now, he's a friend. (1)

Control Group (105494) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550230)

Well, they did keep saying "he who controls the bankroll controls the universe."

Just when the Master Chief is going to really (3, Funny)

XNine (1009883) | more than 7 years ago | (#16549908)

kick some Covenant ass, the credits will roll, leaving you with the same feeling that you had at the end of Halo 2.... "W...t....f...?"

Re:Just when the Master Chief is going to really (1)

Gulthek (12570) | more than 7 years ago | (#16561710)

WTF back at you. The Halo 2 ending was one of the best video game endings I've ever seen! I've never shouted, "Hell! Yeah!" at the tv after finishing a game before.

It's not like the game was locked in production limbo (Shenmue, Psychonauts) where we aren't sure if we'll see another game. If that were the case then the ending would have sucked, majorly. But this is frakin' Halo. Of *course* we were going to get Halo 3.

I don't get it... (1)

daemon_mf (786046) | more than 7 years ago | (#16549918)

Halo is just so bland... But to each his own I guess.

Franchise Blues... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16549928)

Now I don't know how much money the backers have behind Jackson in this endeavour, but shiny graphics and explosions aside, if the story-line isn't there this will be just another game-movie crossover flop.

THAT in turn, will probably be the 'twig that broke the camels back' in terms of big money game/comic-book based movie franchises. I'm sure there will be the others that continue on, Batman saga, Spiderman, Superman ... Even G.L. knows big money projects are a thing of the past.

Personally, I'd rather see 10-20 *low budget* INDEPENDENT game/comic-book crossover films than one 'Industry Stamped Mass Advertised' P.O.S.!!!!! Its been said before but I'll say it again, 'Hollywood is OUT of ideas'. Its time for the Indie projects to take over.

Sidenote: Apparently the motion picture industry finally pulled their head out of their arse, and discovered the south central U.S, as many a film project has come to TX, and La. At least moreso than there has in the past... "Oh, my gawd. They have trees here!!!"

Master Chef (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16549970)

Any idea who is going to play him?

Re:Master Chef (2, Funny)

PygmySurfer (442860) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550086)

Gordon Ramsay [wikipedia.org] would probably make for an interesting chef. Or maybe Wolfgang Puck [wikipedia.org] .

Stephen Yan [wikipedia.org] would be my nostalgic choice, but I don't think he has the star power they're looking for.

Re:Master Chef (2, Funny)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550114)

"Or maybe Wolfgang Puck [wikipedia.org]."

I think he's already under contract for that forthcoming Rockstar game in which he does the voice of a lycanthropic ice-hockey player. With that name, he's already pre-typecast.

I'm holding out for Emerill Lagasse going BAM! every time he vaporizes a baddie.

Re:Master Chef (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550124)

Masaharu Morimoto [wikipedia.org] would pwn those n00bs, though he has been accused of wallhacking traditional Japanese cuisine.

Re:Master Chef (1)

Phroggy (441) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550578)

I was thinking more along the lines of Isaac Hayes...

Where's Mel Brooks? (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550710)

"I was thinking more along the lines of Isaac Hayes..."

Chocolate Salty Spaceballs, natch.

Re:Master Chef (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16552242)

Come on...you left out the most obvious choice!!!

You could get a lot of milage out of Emeril [wikipedia.org] yelling "Bam!" every time he fired his gun.

Steven Segal obviously (1)

aurelian (551052) | more than 7 years ago | (#16558194)

the role was made for him.+

Re:Master Chef (1)

le0p (932717) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550122)

I hope it's Morimoto!

Re:Master Chef (4, Funny)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550162)

Just some Swedish fellow.

Bork, bork, bork!

Better idea.... (1, Flamebait)

denebian devil (944045) | more than 7 years ago | (#16549976)

Why don't they just trash the script as-is and set aside the rest of the budget to make a Red vs. Blue [roosterteeth.com] movie?

There is a bit of hope .. (2, Interesting)

Brigade (974884) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550098)

Something important to bear in mind: Halo was the game that defined the Xbox launch and led a lot to it's success. Halo 2 was THE game of the last console generation (fastest selling media in the US, $125 million in 24 hours) .. I have a lot of non-gamer friends that specifically bought X-Boxes and Halo 2 (as well as live subscriptions) just to play online together across the country. Now, if you actually have played the game, or seen the 'making of' DVD, you might change your perspective. They developed the game a lot like an actual Hollywood production, with professional spot-on voice acting, a great plotline, and scored by a symphony orchestra (along with some modern rockers) .. True, the normal rule of thumb is "Video Game -> Movies do poorly and suck." But take into account the original games used to make the adaptation: Super Mario Bros, Double Dragon, Bloodrayne, Doom, etc. Garbage in = Garbage out. Both Jackson and Bungie are anal-retentive diehards about thier work, there is a very strong chance that this game will break the bank at the box office. Not to mention that this will further market the Xbox 360 and Halo 3 simultaneously; I just hope M$ doesn't rush it to meet a 2007 launch to coincide with the game (which I doubt Bungie will allow them to do .. they only rushed Halo out the door .. they sat on Halo 2 and 3 despite what Microsoft wanted, in order to do the job right, and it paid off in spades).

Re:There is a bit of hope .. (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550212)

"But take into account the original games used to make the adaptation: Super Mario Bros...."

I bet I'm not the only one here who definitely does NOT consider the Mario franchise to be "garbage".

"developed the game a lot like an actual Hollywood production, with...."

Yes, indeed. And, given that they have set the bar so high ALREADY and in a Hollywood-like fashion, is there really anything the movie experience can do other than be like sitting and watching someone else play a videogame on a big screen for 2 hours and 20 minutes?

Re:There is a bit of hope .. (1)

Brigade (974884) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550300)

Granted, that was poorly stated. The Mario Bros. franchise itself isn't 'garbage' .. but turning a 2d (at the time) platformer with a very thin plot into a Hollywood production was, to term it lightly, a stretch.

Re:There is a bit of hope .. (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550364)

"The Mario Bros. franchise itself isn't 'garbage' .. but turning a 2d (at the time) platformer with a very thin plot into a Hollywood production was, to term it lightly, a stretch."

I actually think it is less of a stretch to make Mario (back then) into a movie. The game itself was so primitive and abstracted that it was not much of a challenge to make something distinctive (movie-wise) from the game itself. There was no "This movie is too much like a videogame demo" back then. I don't think the "Super Mario Bros" movie was really terrible, even if it did not reach the level of "good". I think with a few tweaks, it could have been a good movie.

"If it would have been easy to make a good Mario movie, why didn't it happen, you ask?" I answer: look at all the other bad movies that came out that yet, that did not have "We were adapted from a videogame" as an excuse.

Re:There is a bit of hope .. (1)

Keeper (56691) | more than 7 years ago | (#16552108)

The game is fun. The story could be written on a single sheet of toilet paper.

Re:There is a bit of hope .. (1)

Gulthek (12570) | more than 7 years ago | (#16561780)

The GP is talking about the *story*. I'm sure that you agree that the Mario *story* is garbage. The game itself is pure delicious gold, but the story?

And I, for one, really enjoy watching someone else play videogames. Especially cinematically awesome games like Halo 2, Resident Evil 4, Psychonauts, Condemned, Indigo Prophecy, etc.

Re:There is a bit of hope .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16551080)

"led a lot to it's success."

if flushing over 4 billion dollars down the toilet is 'success', i wonder what 'failure' is.

Re:There is a bit of hope .. (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 7 years ago | (#16552580)

Hot babe kidnapped by nasty gang. Boyfriend and his brother kick gang's asses to save her. Really, wasn't too hard to turn Double Dragon into an 80s-style low budget action movie, was it? That would have been dumb but fun. But instead they made it a lame sci-fi/fantasy flick that is just dumb, but not fun.

Re:There is a bit of hope .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16554546)

"Halo 2 was THE game of the last console generation..."

Whoa there, maximum fanboy! Halo 2 was THE game of the Xbox, and THE most highly anticipated game in the US. It didn't exactly define console gaming in Japan, and, e.g. GTA sold a lot more copies and is a lot more widely known (thank you Jack Thompson).

P.S. games have had symphony orchestras for a long time.

The difficulty with video game movies... (2, Insightful)

GeneralChuikov (874329) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550106)

How many video games have spawned great movie adaptations? Tomb Raider, Resident Evil... the problems with these movies are too numerous to mention here, but too often, it seemd like they aimed directly at the 13-17 year old demographic, creating products designed to peddle merchandise, which were often left failing to even attain the level of "enjoyable popcorn movie." I'm not arguing that every movie needs to be at the level of Lawrence of Arabia, Paths of Glory, the Red-White-Blue cycle, or even the original Matrix or the LOTR films. However, many of the video game movies are not even watchable (perhaps the only exception I can think of was AVP, which was at least watchable).

The potential for Halo to be turned into a good movie definitely exists. Many times, when playing the original game, I thought that it had the making of a good sci-fi horror movie, in the vein of the original Alien. The creepiness factor definitely exists, especially if the CGI team takes their time in creating "The Flood." The challenge will be in not producing a product that is too derivative. Obviously, the game producers drew on Predator, Alien, and other sci-fi movies when creating the game. The last thing I would want is to pay my $10-11, sit through it and say, "Wow... it's just like Aliens, but not as good."

Finally, I would hope that for Peter Jackson, this would be an opportunity to exorcise some of the demons of King Kong and get back to the level of quality that made the LOTR trilogy so magical. While I know that he is not directing it, his "stamp" of approval will reside on the movie, and I hope it reflects his best efforts.

"the Red-White-Blue cycle" (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550524)

What movies were these? Even Google turned up nothing.

Re:"the Red-White-Blue cycle" (1)

GeneralChuikov (874329) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550584)

Sorry for the obscure reference. Try searching for the "Three Colors Trilogy."

Re:"the Red-White-Blue cycle" (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16550666)

Thanks. Found it! Never heard of it before, but that is not surprising from living in a country where the main idea of French cinema is "we love Jerry Lewis", Girard Depardieu, and Pepe Le Pew.

Re:"the Red-White-Blue cycle" (1)

Bluetick (516014) | more than 7 years ago | (#16552548)

The 3 Colors trilogy is Polish.

Re:"the Red-White-Blue cycle" (1)

Bluetick (516014) | more than 7 years ago | (#16552578)

My mistake, Polish director, but a French film. Sorry, had added this to my Netflix queue recently since I remembering hearing a lot about it a few years ago. But I haven't watched them yet.

The difficulty with slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16552500)

"How many video games have spawned great movie adaptations? "

Silent Hill.

Re:The difficulty with video game movies... (1)

Crunchie Frog (791929) | more than 7 years ago | (#16554624)

You realy think the AvP movie was better than the TombRaider movie?

Seriously... wow

I mean Tomb Raider was hardly a work of art but just... wow

Im tempted to watch the Doom movie just to see of anything can be worse than the AvP movie. I mean it can't be, surely.

Re:The difficulty with video game movies... (1)

capkanada (935285) | more than 7 years ago | (#16555086)

Um.. just to clarify... AvP was not originally a video game.
It started out as a comic book/graphic novel, became a video game, and was finally done as a movie.

So, it would fit more under comic book -> movie than the video game adaptation genre.

But I must say, all of those iterations were at least somewhat enjoyable.

a little optimistic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16553354)

"Halo Film Still On Track" doesn't seem quite accurate. How about "Halo Film Completely Derailed Pending Desperate Scramble To Find New Suckers Willing To Throw Millions To Jackson And Microsoft For No Apparent Reason".

I'll see this movie 5 times... (1)

SIInudeity (822415) | more than 7 years ago | (#16556632)

Purely just because of Blomkamp, and as a proud South African.

finance (2, Interesting)

nerdwithagun (933639) | more than 7 years ago | (#16559758)

Why does Microsoft need financial backing from Fox/Universal? Sure they're going to need them for advertising and all the other filmy things they do, but MS must have $150M laying around in petty cash of their own somewhere. Why use Fox/Universal's and let them take the returns on it, or does it come in some sort of package deal from them that isn't negotiable?

Movies as they are will NOT survive... (1)

Xodmoe (995824) | more than 7 years ago | (#16561034)

This is not necessarily a bad thing.

Movies haven't been a young medium for decades. They can't change largely because the people associated with them aren't adaptable. ...especially the select few who make the decisions.

Let games and other interactive media take their place.

...and let Hollywood continue to live in the past if that's what they want.

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