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Halo Movie Postponed, Street Fighter Movie On

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the we-live-in-the-crappy-bizarro-world dept.

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FofR writes "Given the previous statements concerning the Halo Movie's stalled progress, it should come as no surprise that the movie is now officially on hold." From the article: "At this time Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, along with their partner, Microsoft, have mutually agreed to postpone making a feature film based on the Halo video game universe until we can fulfill the promise we made to millions of Halo fans throughout the world that we would settle for no less than bringing a first class film to the big screen. We are fully supportive of Director Neill Blomkamp's vision of the film. Neill is a tremendously gifted filmmaker and his preliminary work on Halo is truly awe-inspiring. While it will undoubtedly take a little longer for Halo to reach the big screen, we are confident that the final feature film will be well worth the wait." You'll be happy to know even if a Jackson-inspired Halo isn't coming our way, at least we can look forward to another Street Fighter movie.

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release date (2, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#16656795)

I heard the Halo movie will be released alongside Duke Nukem Forever: The Movie.

Re:release date (1)

squisher (212661) | more than 7 years ago | (#16658121)

Hey, be careful! Duke Nukem Forever actually shows up on the BestBuy page... so if it actually will see the light of the day sometimes soon, then the best part of that joke is over soon :-)

Another SF Movie? (1)

otacon (445694) | more than 7 years ago | (#16656813)

Another street fighter movie? While we are at it lets make another Super Mario Brothers and Wing Commander.

Re:Another SF Movie? (1)

steve-o-yeah (984498) | more than 7 years ago | (#16656831)

Forget Super Mario and Wing Commander, there are some classic franchises that NEED to be brought to the silver screen...I don't know about you, but I'd pay $10 to see Tetris: The Movie or Dig Dug: Forever

Re:Another SF Movie? (1)

LarsWestergren (9033) | more than 7 years ago | (#16656971)

Forget Super Mario and Wing Commander, there are some classic franchises that NEED to be brought to the silver screen...I don't know about you, but I'd pay $10 to see Tetris: The Movie or Dig Dug: Forever

Movie posters kindly provided by Something awful [somethingawful.com] .

Re:Another SF Movie? (1)

Lostconfused (1019042) | more than 7 years ago | (#16657389)

Well personally i actually liked the wing commander movie, although the acting in FMVs for the game was probably better. I still liked it a heck of a lot more then street fighter, also there really weren't any other sf flicks at the theaters during that time (well i mean during those few short weeks, or maybe not).

Re:Another SF Movie? (1)

PoderOmega (677170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16658763)

I think Wing Commander had great potential to be a good movie. There was already a close to movie quality story going on in WC2. Yet, Chris Roberts opted to start with WC1, a great game but a relatively weak storyline to WC2. Yeah, it might have been a little hokey trying to bring everyone up to speed with the characters, but it could have been done.

The only video game movie that I would say is good is Silent Hill. It could have been better, but overall I was satisfied, and I am a big fan of the games. Don't hang me, but Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil movies have been good popcorn movies, but really not really good enough I would buy the DVD or anything.

After following a twisty maze of links: (1)

Ayanami Rei (621112) | more than 7 years ago | (#16657505)

The Variety article:
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117952892.html?c ategoryid=13&cs=1 [variety.com]

Note it hasn't yet been picked up by a studio, so this could be a straight-to-video release if we're lucky.

Re:After following a twisty maze of links: (1)

rk (6314) | more than 7 years ago | (#16658293)

"so this could be a straight-to-video release if we're lucky."

And if we're very lucky, perhaps the container ship bringing the disks to North America will sink in a typhoon.

Re:Another SF Movie? (1)

AngelWind (878448) | more than 7 years ago | (#16758625)

If Chris Roberts had kept true to the game and not decide to remake his own history the movie would've turned out a lot better. I think the newer Battlestar Galactica is the movie that Wing Commmander wanted to be, and should have been.

Oh no... (1)

Myrrlin (1006959) | more than 7 years ago | (#16656881)

Nooooooooooooooo! Now see, I've reminded myself of the end to Episode III... Thanks... Thanks a lot.

Well, I liked the original SF movie (1)

knightmad (931578) | more than 7 years ago | (#16656889)

Raul Julia as M. Bison, Van Damme and Kylie Minogue, well ... Maybe I'm suspicious because I was both a teenager and addicted in the video game. The best quote in the movie in my opinion:

Zangief: General Bison is a bad guy? If you know then why do you work for him?
Dee Jay: Because he paid me a freakin fortune, Man! If you know what's good for you you'll save your own ass!
Zangief: ...you got paid?

Re:Well, I liked the original SF movie (2, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 7 years ago | (#16657035)

Raul Julia as M. Bison

That sad thing is that he would probably provide just as good an acting performance today if he reprized the role.

-Eric

Re:Well, I liked the original SF movie (1)

Physician (861339) | more than 7 years ago | (#16657831)

For those who don't get the joke, Raul Julia died in 1994.

Re:Well, I liked the original SF movie (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16660885)

For those who didn't get the joke, aren't you glad that this potzer came along to explain it and make it less funny for the rest of us?

Let's face it (3, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 7 years ago | (#16656897)

Speaking as a film fan, let me say that this is for the best. Video game movies generally suck. It's just not a medium that translates well to film. In spite of all the "Master Chief RULZ!!" sentiment among fans, the fact remains that the Master Chief is a faceless entity in the video games (and, likely, would make a terrible film character).

And, yes, I realize he is "fleshed out" in the novels. But the novels are pulp crap. In the novels, he goes from a 0-dimensional character to a 1-dimensional character. That's not even nearly enough to make an interesting film.

It would be difficult, if not impossible, to make a film that stayed true to the videogame (to make the fans happy), was commercially successful enough to justify its high budget (to make the studio happy), and had well-developed characters and an interesting plot (to make the critics happy). That's why so many studios have passed on it.

-Eric

Re:Let's face it (1)

ShadowsHawk (916454) | more than 7 years ago | (#16657251)

"Video game movies generally suck." I couldn't agree more. I caught the last 30 minutes of DOOM on one of the movie channels a week or two ago. Going in and out of first person perspective was disorienting and pointless. I really hope they just stop making video game movies.

Re:Let's face it (1)

Raenex (947668) | more than 7 years ago | (#16685503)

Doom was actually an ok movie, given low expectations. The presentation was pretty slick, and with decent acting. As for the first-person thing, yeah it was gimmicky, but it was a nice tribute to the game. You can't catch the last 30 minutes of a movie and critique it. There's no emotional investment.

I also enjoyed Resident Evil II. Beautiful cinematography. The actress was nice eye candy too (Milla Jovovich, the chick from the 5th Element). Cheesy as hell, but good fun.

Re:Let's face it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16657535)

This comment pretty much says it all. I think, one thing that should be noted, is the fact that a random "film fan" understands this and Peter Jackson does not. Jackson receives way more credit than he is due. His decent projects (LotR, King Kong) were a) unoriginal b) better in previous forms (LotR as Tolken's trilogy and King Kong in the 1975 version with Jeff Bridges) c) had so much money thrown at them that Jackson's influence in their success is questionable. Not to mention that Jackson completely botched the ending of Return of the King. It's drawn out in the book, but that's no excuse for his boring cinematic conclusion. I saw it the day it came out in theaters and for the last half hour people periodically got up and left, thinking it was pretty much over. The few of us that bothered to stay until the credits rolled were half asleep by the time it was over. If anyone was responsible for LotR being good, it was Viggo Mortessian (or however you spell it) because he's a dammed good actor.

Anyway. . .concerning the Halo movie. . .meh. I know people who read the books. They say they're good, but they don't usually read, they play Halo. I'm sure die hard Halo fans will all go and see it, but as Fox and Universal know, that's not enough to pay for a good sci-fi movie. Good sci-fi movies are uber-expensive because they have to pay for talent AND special effects. That's why most sci-fi movies are mediocre and only consist of the latter.

Re:Let's face it (1)

cluke (30394) | more than 7 years ago | (#16659227)

Amen to that! Peter Jackson is vastly overrated. LoTR was practically an open goal in film-making terms. Any journeyman director could have made it, the crucial factor was the fact that CGI technology had finally reached the point where it was possible to do justice to a live-action adaptation of the books. The SFX was the star of those movies.
Any stuff he did add just detracted from the original stories (e.g. skate-boarding elves, dwarf-tossing, massive hobbit homerotic overload).

As for his King Kong - man, that was the worst movie I've seen since in a long time. Embarassingly stupid. Hey, our crack mercenary team can't get the girl from the monkey - send in the playwright! Then lay on the schmaltz with a trowel. I mean, how long does it take to machine gun a giant monkey to death? Long enough to allow the female lead to bust into the tower, get all the way up, and out onto the roof to lend his death extra poignancy, that's how long! And make the whole shebang 3 times as long as it needs to be, for good measure. I swear, the plotting in that thing made plotting in the old black and white cinema serials seem sophisticated. At least they understood the virutes of brevity.

(I'm going to have to ignore your assertion that the Jeff Bridges version is the best as some sort of bizarre mental aberration though)

Re:Let's face it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16660159)

Amen brother - PJ makes long, boring ass movies - period. Someone should teach the man to CUT SOME SHIT OUT! Maybe I could have sat through a 2 hr king kong! Old PJ should have stuck to directing b-horror flicks like he did at the beginning of his crappy career.

Re:Let's face it (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 7 years ago | (#16662449)

I actually liked his b-rated stuff much better than his later movies. Some directors seem to thrive under adversity, but fade away the second they're given big budgets (Chris Nolan and M. Night Shyamalan, I'm looking in your direction).

I actually find myself hoping that great young directors never make it "big," lest they fall into making mainstream fare before they're old enough, powerful enough, or wise enough to fight the studio suits. Right now, I'm glad guys like Brad Anderson [imdb.com] and David Gordon Green [imdb.com] have not gotten "discovered."

-Eric

Re:Let's face it (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16660241)

While I agree that the hobbit-related gaiety was way over the top for an American audience the simple fact is that the hobbits in the books acted pretty gay. To gay them down a little bit would be almost as unfaithful to the book as taking Frodo to Minas Tirith.

TBS Superstation (I'll have the soup) had the greatest commercial bumper ever for LoTR. They had several good ones actually but the best involved mockery of hobbit homosexuality. I'd pay someone $3 to send me a decent-quality copy of that, it was absofuckinglutely hilarious.

Re:Let's face it (1)

BTWR (540147) | more than 7 years ago | (#16662221)

Re:Let's face it (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16662643)

Nice, thanks for pointing those out. I bet if I'd searched I could have found them, too, but I have a lazy streak that makes my non-lazy parts look more like thin bands of header and footer. The quality is low but you can't have everything. I could swear there's a longer version of that first one though.

Re:Let's face it (1)

jasenj1 (575309) | more than 7 years ago | (#16657619)

While I have no idea what they're doing with the movie, haven't read the books, have played the games - how about this for an idea:
Focus on what went on elsewhere while MC was out kicking butt. What was Sarge up to? Build on the internal power struggles amongst the aliens. There's a lot more material to work with than just "MC runs around and shoots things". Assume the target audience knows that and work it in peripherally.

- Jasen.

Re:Let's face it (1)

Lostconfused (1019042) | more than 7 years ago | (#16657759)

Well there is some backstory like this cropping up. The novels, graphic novel that was out a while back, all of them added to the story. Well actually halo 2 showed much about the covenant and their society. Heck even ilovebees added to the backstory of halo with the audio file story that went out. Ok its true master chief is a bit of a dull character, because he is the main character and making his character extremely detailed would bog down the game, heck we know less about Gordon then we do about master chief. The world of halo and all the other characters would make for a much more interesting story then MC.

Re:Let's face it (1)

jafac (1449) | more than 7 years ago | (#16659057)

Actually - I was thinking that Sarge would make a good main character. (Samuel L Jackson?)
A look at the Halo world through a different viewpoint might yield a refreshing perspective.
Plus - Sarge is clearly privy to more "classified" info than the MC is.

Re:Let's face it (1)

AcidLacedPenguiN (835552) | more than 7 years ago | (#16660635)

yeah, he was privy to enough info to get him off of the Pillar of Autumn in one piece!!! Screw hotblasting the fusion reactors then dramatically hopping on the last transport out of there, he took the easy way!

Seriously though, the halo universe is quite detailed and there are plenty of bigscreen movieable backstories, and I think most of the naysayers have just written it off as another sci-fi shooter. I think the vast majority of video game movies have sucked simply because the focus was never on plot development, and only on throwing as many references to the video games as the typical 90-120 minute scheme can allow.

Re:Let's face it (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16657653)

If you've seen Blomkamp's "Alive in Joburg" short you might think differently.

Re:Let's face it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16658837)

...but that said, I'd rather see him do a Half-Life movie.

Great! (4, Funny)

LarsWestergren (9033) | more than 7 years ago | (#16656905)

You'll be happy to know even if a Jackson-inspired Halo isn't coming our way, at least we can look forward to another Street Fighter movie.

So the sex was postponed, but at least we got the syphilis? Awesome! Thank you, Hollywood!

Not being a Halo fan (1)

Feefers (985994) | more than 7 years ago | (#16656919)

Not being a Halo fan I am moderatly intrested in the Street Fighter movie, if it's all about being able to drink beer whilst in my favourite lounger like the first movie was, it's okay in my book.

Game movies worth it? (1)

gambler_mtu (1006967) | more than 7 years ago | (#16657153)

Has there ever been a game movie that has done well in the theaters? I sure cannot think of one. It seems like a lesson should have been learned by now...

Re:Game movies worth it? (1)

payndz (589033) | more than 7 years ago | (#16657407)

Has there ever been a game movie that has done well in the theaters? I sure cannot think of one. It seems like a lesson should have been learned by now...

Tomb Raider did $274,644,183 in cinemas worldwide (source: the-numbers.com) on a $94m budget, so not a bad return on investment.

Re:Game movies worth it? (1)

Magic5Ball (188725) | more than 7 years ago | (#16657705)

So what you're saying is that Master Chief needs to show some T&A?

Re:Game movies worth it? (1)

PriceIke (751512) | more than 7 years ago | (#16663299)

Mortal Kombat [imdb.com] proved that a movie based on a video game could be successful.

Re:Game movies worth it? (1)

Nephilium (684559) | more than 7 years ago | (#16671513)

Which they ruined with a really bad sequel... the first one was great mindless fun...

I was expecting about an hour and a half of wire-fu fighting going in, and I got it. No big plots, just lots of fighting...

And as I remember, one of the few times every male (geek) in the audience cheered when someone got nutted (when Johnny Cage did his splits/groin punch to Goro)...

Nephilium

"You boys are as cute as a couple of lost golf balls . . . how in the world do you do it?" -- The High Window (Chapter 23)

So proud the fall of man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16657155)

Haven't we learned anything? The last Street Fighter film KILLED RAUL JULIA. What beloved actor will be struck dead in his shoes this time by our hubris?

In soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16657177)

...Halo shoots you!

Hobbit? Not for a while. (2, Informative)

bigdavex (155746) | more than 7 years ago | (#16657245)

"What happened to doing the Hobbit?" I wondered. And Wikipedia answered [wikipedia.org] :


Much speculation has occurred as to whether Jackson might direct a film of The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings. His comments to date seem to indicate that he is interested, if the studios can work out the rights. Late in 2004 it appeared unlikely, as MGM (the studio which holds the rights to The Hobbit) was sold to Sony in the race with Warner Bros. In December of 2004, Jackson said that production on The Hobbit could be as much as four years away,[8] which would place a likely release date in 2010. In September 2006, MGM indicated that they intended to approach Peter Jackson to direct the film in the next few years.[9]

Games that might make it. (1)

serial_crusher (591271) | more than 7 years ago | (#16657565)

I've always thought that some story-intensive games might make good movies. Games like Halo, Doom, and Mario just don't have a dynamic enough plot. But you might be able to do it with games like Deus Ex, or Metal Gear (which has enough cut scenes that it might as well be a movie).

Important thing with those would be to stay true to the storyline, and don't try to bring video game elements into it (like when Doom would do first-person view, Resident Evil had a boss fight).

A movie where Solid Snake and a partner have to accomplish some mission would be a decent spy movie, except it'd be hard to make it a standalone movie, since there's so much story in the games now.

SF movie was good! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16657721)

Why is everyone saying that the Street Fighter movie was bad? It was great!

Oh... you mean the non-anime one? Sorry.

Mr. Jackson Seems Intelligent (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 7 years ago | (#16658001)

Most people would have thought that a Halo movie would suck donkey dick, and cancelled any such waste of money. Glad to see Peter has come around to that conclusion.

Now make the Hobbit dammit.

Games movies (1)

mcai8rw2 (923718) | more than 7 years ago | (#16658041)

Apart from Tomb Raider, which appeared to do quite well, I do not know of ANY movie-cum-game that has done very well. Doom the movie sucked @$$, as did the previous Street Fighter movies.

I enjoyed Mario brothers, but then I was about ten years old when it came out, so that doesn't relaly count.

Transferal from one medium to the other rarely works very well. Movies to games is more forgiving, but then it is easier than games to movies.

Re:Games movies (1)

jasenj1 (575309) | more than 7 years ago | (#16658815)

I enjoyed Mario brothers, but then I was about ten years old when it came out, so that doesn't relaly count.

Actually, that counts quite a bit. I'm guessing that the target audience for Mario Brothers was kids that played the game. As an adult, sure the movie sucked, but to a kid it was good.

And now for some complete random speculation I've pulled out of the air:
Movie studios are notoriously conservative. They run the numbers seven different ways, flip them upside down, do it again. i.e. They try to make sure they'll make money. If Halo was done as a Doom-type movie with a big name actor, a known director, and a clear target audience - 14-20 year old males. It'd get made. Universal and Fox would be able to run the numbers and figure out how much $$$ they'd make from DVDs, action figures, Halloween costumes, PEZ dispensers, etc.

My guess is that PJ and crew are trying to turn Halo into a "serious" movie. They are doing "interesting" things with it. That scares movie studios. If it doesn't follow the formula, they can't run it and they cancel.

Would it be a "great" movie? Probably. But it'll probably be half an hour too long, not have a strong Burger King toy tie in, miss the crucial 13-15.5 year old girl market, etc.

- Jasen.

Re:Games movies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16662257)

I don't know how anybody found the Mario movie even remotely enjoyable. I was in school at the time, a huge fan of Super Mario 3, and faithful viewer of both cartoons that preceded Super Mario World. So you might imagine how I reacted to a live action movie with Bob Hoskins in a ridiculously warped interpretation of the Mushroom Kingdom. When I saw it in full about ten years later, it wasn't only offensive to the characters but a slap in the face of anyone with a working knowledge of cinema.

Re:Games movies (1)

PriceIke (751512) | more than 7 years ago | (#16663707)

You were exactly NOT the kind of audience they were making the movie for. I saw SMB in theaters when I was in my early 20s, and I have to say I rather enjoyed it. It was experimenting with CG special effects (this was the same year Jurassic Park came out), was imaginative and silly, and the plot--what plot there was to speak of--was just not the reason I went to see the film. SMB was the first of its kind and the filmmakers (and writers) were exploring this new genre with a kind of Alice In Wonderland sort of approach. They couldn't replicate the actual video world of Super Mario Brothers without it looking something like TRON, so they imagined their own, that they could put real actors into. I wasn't expecting it to be Star Wars or even Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. It turned out more like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles .. you just have to shake your head at it and laugh, and not take it terribly seriously. One thing they did do right was cast Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper .. maybe they weren't ideal for the roles but these were A-list Hollywood actors and they started the genre out with an opening salvo of credibility. So while the movie wasn't meant to be taken seriously, the genre was, and still is, fortunately.

Re:Games movies (1)

MeanderingMind (884641) | more than 7 years ago | (#16664043)

But it wasn't accurate to the game! Where were the 1ups! The flying koopas! The castles (lacking princesses)! Why was there a Bomb-omb when those didn't appear until SMB3? How can you stand by these incontinuities? Where was Lou Albano?

why do game movies have to suck? (1)

grapeape (137008) | more than 7 years ago | (#16658513)

The only Game movies I have seen that werent compltele disasters were Mortal Kombat (the first one), Silent Hill and Resident Evil. Of those none were particularly good, just not as bad as they could have been. The best video game movies are the ones that were based on video games that didnt exist or ended up spawning video games based on them, Tron, Cloak & Daggar and The Last Starfighter come to mind.

Why are the majority so bad? Why must every director put their "creative stamp" on things. Of course the same thing happens to comic book movies. This will get me modded down faster than saying something negative about firefly but IMHO Brian Singer ruined Superman Returns that way much like Ang Lee and the Hulk. Neither were really terrible but for fans they were just not right. For that reason alone I really hope that the Halo film never gets made, Street Fighter has already been ruined and who under the age of 20 really knows what Street Fighter is anyway, so who cares if they want to piss away money for a Golden Turkey award let them.

I am still convinced that Street Fighters is what killed Raul Julia...he died of shame.

Rumor has it that the Street Fighter game is going to be based around Chun-Li which tells me the focus is less on fighting and more on T&A. That being the case wouldnt they have been better off going for Dead of Alive its more well known with the younger gamers and if far more of a T&A fest than Street Fighter. Heck they could scrap the fighting and go for Dead of Alive Volleyball. Of course they could also just doodle a hentai flick and achieve the same goals for 1/4th the budget.

Re:why do game movies have to suck? (1)

EmperorKagato (689705) | more than 7 years ago | (#16659231)

Street Fighter didn't kill Raul.

Joan Cusack came back from the dead and was some how able to whisk away Christopher Lloyd FOREVER!

Re:why do game movies have to suck? (1)

SuiteSisterMary (123932) | more than 7 years ago | (#16659969)

Rumor has it that the Street Fighter game is going to be based around Chun-Li which tells me the focus is less on fighting and more on T&A. That being the case wouldnt they have been better off going for Dead of Alive its more well known with the younger gamers and if far more of a T&A fest than Street Fighter

I really hate to do this to you, so blissful and innocent, but....Dead or Alive The Movie [imdb.com] .

Re:why do game movies have to suck? (1)

Yusaku Godai (546058) | more than 7 years ago | (#16660813)

There already is a DoA movie in the works. And yes, it has beach volleyball. And yes, it looks god-fucking-awful. I don't care about the videogames at all, and it's bad enough that they're popular. But the movie really just makes me want to cry for future of humanity.

Re:why do game movies have to suck? (1)

darth300z (522565) | more than 7 years ago | (#16663009)

Come on! We all know that the only reason they keep pushing the release date of DOA off is so it can be in OSCAR Contention!!!! /sarcasm off

"Street" Fighter (1)

stokes (148512) | more than 7 years ago | (#16659883)

A friend and I used to deliberately go to see the worst movies playing, so of course we saw the first Street Fighter movie. He took his son, who was four or five at the time. At the end, he turned to his dad and asked: "Why did they call it Street Fighter if they're in the jungle all the time?"

That pretty much sums up the movie in a sentence.

So, I suppose the moral of the story is that they couldn't do any worse in a new version.

Re:"Street" Fighter (1)

rar (110454) | more than 7 years ago | (#16661775)

"Why did they call it Street Fighter if they're in the jungle all the time?"

Kind of reminds me of my first impression of Uwe Boll's "Alone in the Dark". One of the first scenes shows the lead character hunting some kind of demon over a crowded square in broad daylight...

Every time you make a Street Fighter Movie... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16659997)

Every time you make a Street Fighter Movie, God kills a Raul Julia caliber actor.

Re:Every time you make a Street Fighter Movie... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16666603)

haha, mod parent up

Give him the benefit of the doubt... (1)

ucaledek (887701) | more than 7 years ago | (#16660199)

Everyone assumes that the Halo movie would be terrible because all the recent movies based on video games have sucked. I can't fault the last part of that. But I must confess that before I saw The Fellowship of the Ring, I was 95% sure that it would suck because fantasy movies have sucked IMHO (maybe excepting Legend and the Dark Crystal--a strong maybe). Before Fellowship I would have said fantasy didn't translate well as a live-action medium. Now I recognize that there is great potential because of that trilogy along with the Harry Potter movies. They can be popular and well-produced. The effects are believable. So why assume that the guy who oversaw LOTR couldn't do the same for video games? He does have a decent track record.

Re:Give him the benefit of the doubt... (1)

crossmr (957846) | more than 7 years ago | (#16664271)

Fantasy movies often suck not because of being a live action medium, but because they are usually born of B-movie scripts with bad dialog, and cheesy special effects. Written properly with a proper budget to back the special effects and not choreographed by someone's retarted cousin, they would do fine.
 

The only hope for the SF movie... (1)

Derekloffin (741455) | more than 7 years ago | (#16661357)

About the only way I can see the Street Fighter movie succeeding is if they throw in a ton of special effects this time and actual give the fighter their special moves. Oh yeah, and keep Van Damage as far from it as possible.
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