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08.08.2009

It's not a secret that Steven Spielberg is into videogames, both as a gamer himself and producer of the Medal of Honor and Boom Blox series, and even going back to the old-school SCUMM game The Dig (I've spied him myself at past Electronic Entertainment Expos). But is he also into Peter Jackson's sloppy seconds?

IESB says that Spielberg is "in active negotiations" to get his hands on the immensely popular HALO game franchise to resuscitate the deceased movie. Spielberg is apparently hoping he can take Master Chief further than his TINTIN partner could with Fox and Universal.

Spielberg (who presumably would just be producing) apparently flipped for writer Stuart Beattie's spec script for the story of Microsoft's faceless hero and his fellow soldiers fighting evil aliens on a giant space hoop. Whether the pricey project can respawn with the now-funded Dreamworks and their new home at Disney remains the big question.

Gotta admit I really just don't understand the obsession with the HALO series myself, or why it would make an interesting movie beyond a purely visual appeal, but maybe a guy like Spielberg could bring something extra to it.

Extra Tidbit: Beattie also wrote a draft of the GEARS OF WAR screenplay, so he's obviously into games as well.
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12:39PM on 08/11/2009

You know who else wants HALO?

About a billion other people.
About a billion other people.
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9:55AM on 08/10/2009

I don't get it...

I agree with sumax and a few others. Halo is nothing great. I'd LOVE to see a Half Life movie but Spielberg has better stuff on his plate. Halo movie could be good though; get some of those kids to go outside for a few minutes and stop yelling they're going to "rape someone's dog" over their Xbox headset.
I agree with sumax and a few others. Halo is nothing great. I'd LOVE to see a Half Life movie but Spielberg has better stuff on his plate. Halo movie could be good though; get some of those kids to go outside for a few minutes and stop yelling they're going to "rape someone's dog" over their Xbox headset.
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7:15AM on 08/10/2009
HALO IS PATHETIC , SPEILBERG SHOULD DO A HALF LIFE MOVIE , THIS GAME HAS CERTAINLY GOT THE BEST STORY..EVER FOR A VIDEO GAME....
HALO IS PATHETIC , SPEILBERG SHOULD DO A HALF LIFE MOVIE , THIS GAME HAS CERTAINLY GOT THE BEST STORY..EVER FOR A VIDEO GAME....
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10:37PM on 08/09/2009

hell yes

Halo has more practical designs than most games. The story is more relevant than in most games. And if you want to talk about overrated, meaningless crap, then talk about the Madden games, GTA, Gears of War, and Metal Gear. Halo has heart; it's about the characters and the story. Bash the game play all you want, if you deny it's meaningful substance, you're just ignorant, plain and simple. In this day of dimwitted romps like Transformers 2, we need an action movie with intelligence to balance
Halo has more practical designs than most games. The story is more relevant than in most games. And if you want to talk about overrated, meaningless crap, then talk about the Madden games, GTA, Gears of War, and Metal Gear. Halo has heart; it's about the characters and the story. Bash the game play all you want, if you deny it's meaningful substance, you're just ignorant, plain and simple. In this day of dimwitted romps like Transformers 2, we need an action movie with intelligence to balance everything out.
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8:49PM on 08/09/2009

?

Halo is the most overrated game of all times, terrible designs, bad story, terrible game play...Esspecially the evil creature designs were really awful, i really dont understand.
Halo is the most overrated game of all times, terrible designs, bad story, terrible game play...Esspecially the evil creature designs were really awful, i really dont understand.
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5:40PM on 08/09/2009

Halo had a story?

Huh.
Huh.
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2:11PM on 08/09/2009
Millions of people watch American Idol, too. Does that automatically mean it's "good"?

Pretty spurious logic, dude.

Also, if you don't like Halo you're "a girl"? What are you, 9 years old?
Millions of people watch American Idol, too. Does that automatically mean it's "good"?

Pretty spurious logic, dude.

Also, if you don't like Halo you're "a girl"? What are you, 9 years old?
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1:11PM on 08/09/2009

you just cant

talk shit about something that has over one billion matchmaking games played. which is 2 trillion seconds equivalent to 64,109 years of playtime. and is still the most played game on xbox live. COD: modern warfare being #2. halo 1 was the strongest story teller out of all the games imo. it showed the world a whole new way of gaming. it didnt get game of the year for nothing. halo 1 story was epic.
talk shit about something that has over one billion matchmaking games played. which is 2 trillion seconds equivalent to 64,109 years of playtime. and is still the most played game on xbox live. COD: modern warfare being #2. halo 1 was the strongest story teller out of all the games imo. it showed the world a whole new way of gaming. it didnt get game of the year for nothing. halo 1 story was epic.
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1:03PM on 08/09/2009

if you dont like halo

you're either
1) bad at it
2) dont want to like something that is INSANELY popular
3) a girl
you're either
1) bad at it
2) dont want to like something that is INSANELY popular
3) a girl
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10:30PM on 08/09/2009
Or ...

4) simply have higher standards for gaming
Or ...

4) simply have higher standards for gaming
12:03PM on 08/09/2009

Spielberg's a Tool

Now he's only obssesed with video games and remakes. Somebody shoot him
Now he's only obssesed with video games and remakes. Somebody shoot him
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8:55PM on 08/08/2009

Meh...

I also never saw what the obsession was with Halo. I don't think it would transfer well on film. The story line is stale and it's main character never utters one syllable. It think it'll be a disaster, even with Senior Spielbergo at the helm.
I also never saw what the obsession was with Halo. I don't think it would transfer well on film. The story line is stale and it's main character never utters one syllable. It think it'll be a disaster, even with Senior Spielbergo at the helm.
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7:37PM on 08/08/2009

i dont know...

I'm not a fan of the halo games (I just cant play FPS games with a controller) but I can see the appeal the game has. The problem is that the main character is faceless and completely mute (correct me if I'm wrong) so there would have to be a lot of changes to make the film and wouldnt that piss off the fan base?
I'm not a fan of the halo games (I just cant play FPS games with a controller) but I can see the appeal the game has. The problem is that the main character is faceless and completely mute (correct me if I'm wrong) so there would have to be a lot of changes to make the film and wouldnt that piss off the fan base?
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2:59PM on 08/08/2009
T'would be really lame for Spielberg to not do this in partnership with Jackson, after Jackson spent so much time and effort developing his own take.
T'would be really lame for Spielberg to not do this in partnership with Jackson, after Jackson spent so much time and effort developing his own take.
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2:28PM on 08/08/2009

Halo IS next gen

I noticed a lot of bad feedback on Halo here, which I don't fully understand... although, it happens to be one of the best reviewed and most beloved games of all time.

I think, really, what it comes down to is a subtle generational thing. If you grew up with PC FPS', then Halo was a bit old hat. However, for a guy like me who didn't play PC FPS', Halo got me into FPS'.

As well, Halo was the first game I ever played, period, that made me feel like I was experiencing a movie as I played
I noticed a lot of bad feedback on Halo here, which I don't fully understand... although, it happens to be one of the best reviewed and most beloved games of all time.

I think, really, what it comes down to is a subtle generational thing. If you grew up with PC FPS', then Halo was a bit old hat. However, for a guy like me who didn't play PC FPS', Halo got me into FPS'.

As well, Halo was the first game I ever played, period, that made me feel like I was experiencing a movie as I played it.

Halo is immensely cinematic, and is groundbreaking. The story is epic, and spans across a galaxy, and ultimately, it's a story arc about sacrifice for a greater cause. Which, recalling that in 2001, a lot of games weren't about that at the time.

Without Halo, the gaming outlook for today wouldn't be nearly as exciting as it is. Halo shaped the industry as we know it.

This film will make $400 million domestically if done even half right. The studios are fools to not have this in production yet.
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7:48PM on 08/09/2009
Yeah, there was nothing groundbreaking about Halo. At all. It was just a popular, decent FPS game that got popular because it was one of the first good games for Xbox.
Yeah, there was nothing groundbreaking about Halo. At all. It was just a popular, decent FPS game that got popular because it was one of the first good games for Xbox.
2:25PM on 08/08/2009
Man this is terrible on many levels.

Halo was famous for it's multiplayer, not it's storyline.

Microsoft got Spielberg to go to E3 and say Milo is the future. Bullshit Steven. The only reason you did that is because Milo is the first step into validating the future you created in A.I. and Natal is the future only because it validates the future you created in Minority Report. Now Microsoft is milking your name and offering up Halo for the sake of making a Halo movie.

I adore Steven,
Man this is terrible on many levels.

Halo was famous for it's multiplayer, not it's storyline.

Microsoft got Spielberg to go to E3 and say Milo is the future. Bullshit Steven. The only reason you did that is because Milo is the first step into validating the future you created in A.I. and Natal is the future only because it validates the future you created in Minority Report. Now Microsoft is milking your name and offering up Halo for the sake of making a Halo movie.

I adore Steven, but damn, everything i hear about his intentions since Munich have been bombs. Where's Lincoln and Intersteller?
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1:39PM on 08/08/2009
meh.
he also produced movies like Transformers 2 so and Indy 4 sucked so dont act like SS is going to make this great. I know for a fact he's never played the game, and he has a strong stand point that games aren't good right now and that they arent that fun and cant tell a story as well as film and can never be considered art etc etc etc.


I am all for a KILLZONE movie as well. it would kick ASSSSS
meh.
he also produced movies like Transformers 2 so and Indy 4 sucked so dont act like SS is going to make this great. I know for a fact he's never played the game, and he has a strong stand point that games aren't good right now and that they arent that fun and cant tell a story as well as film and can never be considered art etc etc etc.


I am all for a KILLZONE movie as well. it would kick ASSSSS
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1:11PM on 08/08/2009
HALO's not a bad game, it's just not a great one. It's fairly decent for a console shooter, but pales in comparison to the rest of the FPS world.

That being said, there's no reason it couldn't make for an entertaining movie. I mean, sure, the plot is ridiculously generic, and the characters really aren't all that interesting (anyone wanna argue that Johnson's not a complete rip-off of Apone?), but it could still be a fun movie.
HALO's not a bad game, it's just not a great one. It's fairly decent for a console shooter, but pales in comparison to the rest of the FPS world.

That being said, there's no reason it couldn't make for an entertaining movie. I mean, sure, the plot is ridiculously generic, and the characters really aren't all that interesting (anyone wanna argue that Johnson's not a complete rip-off of Apone?), but it could still be a fun movie.
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11:18AM on 08/08/2009
I'm sorry but Halo is one of the most over-rated gaming franchises in history. i really don't understand the appeal. Halo 1 was a god aweful shooter with 0 story.
Having said that though, a movie could be intriguing in the hands of Spielberg.
I'm sorry but Halo is one of the most over-rated gaming franchises in history. i really don't understand the appeal. Halo 1 was a god aweful shooter with 0 story.
Having said that though, a movie could be intriguing in the hands of Spielberg.
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1:04PM on 08/08/2009
if you think halo was a godawful shooter, i feel sorry for you i really do.
if you think halo was a godawful shooter, i feel sorry for you i really do.
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10:47AM on 08/08/2009

F'k Peter Jackson

I like Peter Jackson as much as the next guy, but we are talking Steven F'n Spielberg baby. I can't wait. Hopefully this adapted video game can stay close to the actual games stories, because the first HALO, when it first came out, was jaw-dropping and told a great action packed story. RIGHT ON SPIELBERG. I would even hope that E.T makes a cameo, possibly flipping Master Chief the bird from an alien space cruiser.
I like Peter Jackson as much as the next guy, but we are talking Steven F'n Spielberg baby. I can't wait. Hopefully this adapted video game can stay close to the actual games stories, because the first HALO, when it first came out, was jaw-dropping and told a great action packed story. RIGHT ON SPIELBERG. I would even hope that E.T makes a cameo, possibly flipping Master Chief the bird from an alien space cruiser.
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10:05AM on 08/08/2009

Forget Halo

I want a Killzone movie.
I want a Killzone movie.
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9:30AM on 08/08/2009
Halo's story is probably one of the most simplest to tell especially for a man like Spielberg. Man is last of his kind, but is destined to fight for the humans who are at an all out war with a race of alien lifeforms which suffer from betrayal within their own organization, but what threatens both of them is a virus known only as The Flood.
Halo's story is probably one of the most simplest to tell especially for a man like Spielberg. Man is last of his kind, but is destined to fight for the humans who are at an all out war with a race of alien lifeforms which suffer from betrayal within their own organization, but what threatens both of them is a virus known only as The Flood.
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8:55AM on 08/08/2009
I'm totally down for a Halo movie, and even moreso for Spielberg taking on the project...but produce the script Alex Garland wrote first, THEN do the Fall of Reach if you must.
I'm totally down for a Halo movie, and even moreso for Spielberg taking on the project...but produce the script Alex Garland wrote first, THEN do the Fall of Reach if you must.
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8:33AM on 08/08/2009

I don't understand

I personally don't like HALO, but I know the potential it has. I don't understand why a massivly popular franchise like this, known to millions. Is still up in the air concerning being produced. Sure it would probably be the most expensive movie ever made, but my god I would be it could maybe beat out Titanic as the highest grossing.
I personally don't like HALO, but I know the potential it has. I don't understand why a massivly popular franchise like this, known to millions. Is still up in the air concerning being produced. Sure it would probably be the most expensive movie ever made, but my god I would be it could maybe beat out Titanic as the highest grossing.
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7:38AM on 08/08/2009
Despite what other say, I do think HALO is a hard story to spawn on screen. There are particular equations that movies follow, and that studios prefer to follow. HALO, even though a great story and an amazing game, lacks certain elements to achieve the equation successfully...at least without changing up the story a bit. And lets be honest, none of us will be friendly to that notion.

Spielberg I think could bring some great stuff to a HALO movie, but honestly I wold prefer someone else
Despite what other say, I do think HALO is a hard story to spawn on screen. There are particular equations that movies follow, and that studios prefer to follow. HALO, even though a great story and an amazing game, lacks certain elements to achieve the equation successfully...at least without changing up the story a bit. And lets be honest, none of us will be friendly to that notion.

Spielberg I think could bring some great stuff to a HALO movie, but honestly I wold prefer someone else with more interesting ways of directing and filmography
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7:19AM on 08/08/2009

Being a halo fan...

Even though I'm a bigger fan of Peter Jackson, Spielberg is definitely a good enough replacement. Placed in competent hands, it should be quite good!
Even though I'm a bigger fan of Peter Jackson, Spielberg is definitely a good enough replacement. Placed in competent hands, it should be quite good!
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7:14AM on 08/08/2009
"Gotta admit I really just don't understand the obsession with the HALO series myself"

well I guess you havenīt played it then.. It could definitely be epic in the right hands
"Gotta admit I really just don't understand the obsession with the HALO series myself"

well I guess you havenīt played it then.. It could definitely be epic in the right hands
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10:23AM on 08/08/2009
Played all three, actually. And found them very average experiences. Nothing in the games ever seems that original, just a combination of beats and designs and "characters" I've seen in the hundreds of other games I've played. Which is why I don't understand the popularity, but I guess it was a "gateway" game for millions of console players who apparently never really played many games before. I guess it would seem so "cool" to some people if they haven't really played many games. Or read
Played all three, actually. And found them very average experiences. Nothing in the games ever seems that original, just a combination of beats and designs and "characters" I've seen in the hundreds of other games I've played. Which is why I don't understand the popularity, but I guess it was a "gateway" game for millions of console players who apparently never really played many games before. I guess it would seem so "cool" to some people if they haven't really played many games. Or read comics. Or ever turned on the Sci-Fi Channel.
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7:06AM on 08/08/2009

Bleh.

I'm not a fan of movies based on video games...I can't think of one that has lived up to all the hype.
I'm not a fan of movies based on video games...I can't think of one that has lived up to all the hype.
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4:33AM on 08/08/2009

halo overrated= understatement

seriously i played the game and beat it in less than a day and went "thats f-ing it?" definitely the most overrated game ive ever played, and ive played alot of games
seriously i played the game and beat it in less than a day and went "thats f-ing it?" definitely the most overrated game ive ever played, and ive played alot of games
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2:14AM on 08/08/2009

SPIELBERG SHOULD MAKE....

....God Of War! Anyone who has ever played any of the God Of War games knows that it has story, it has action, it has a badass [anti]hero, and it is visually stunning. Check out the trailer for God Of War 3 and you'll see what I mean. If Spielberg wants to make a videogame flick, he should put his hands on God Of War and turn that sonuffabitch into one mega epic trilogy on screen.
....God Of War! Anyone who has ever played any of the God Of War games knows that it has story, it has action, it has a badass [anti]hero, and it is visually stunning. Check out the trailer for God Of War 3 and you'll see what I mean. If Spielberg wants to make a videogame flick, he should put his hands on God Of War and turn that sonuffabitch into one mega epic trilogy on screen.
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2:10AM on 08/08/2009
For the record, I'm a gamer too and have been since the days of Atari 2600 (plus I've worked off-and-on in game development for over a decade), but I just don't grasp what makes Halo's design or story any better or different than stuff I've seen in other videogames or countless comics or sci-fi movies. The game really became a phenomenon because it was the first Xbox game with a decent multiplayer experience, but I just fail to see how that ultimately might translate into a good movie. Visually
For the record, I'm a gamer too and have been since the days of Atari 2600 (plus I've worked off-and-on in game development for over a decade), but I just don't grasp what makes Halo's design or story any better or different than stuff I've seen in other videogames or countless comics or sci-fi movies. The game really became a phenomenon because it was the first Xbox game with a decent multiplayer experience, but I just fail to see how that ultimately might translate into a good movie. Visually appealing, maybe. Good story? Not so much.
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2:06AM on 08/08/2009

dammit...

I can understand why studio money-guys would look at how much "Halo" sells and want a movie, but WHY does it remain so fascinating to talented guys like Jackson and now Spielberg?

"Halo" is probably the blandest, most visually and thematically uninteresting popular game out there; and even a note-perfect adaptation of it couldn't hope to be anything more than a 2nd-tier "Aliens" knockoff. What's the point?
I can understand why studio money-guys would look at how much "Halo" sells and want a movie, but WHY does it remain so fascinating to talented guys like Jackson and now Spielberg?

"Halo" is probably the blandest, most visually and thematically uninteresting popular game out there; and even a note-perfect adaptation of it couldn't hope to be anything more than a 2nd-tier "Aliens" knockoff. What's the point?
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2:56AM on 08/08/2009
damn.. I'm guessing u own a PS3? lol
damn.. I'm guessing u own a PS3? lol
1:48AM on 08/08/2009

SPIELBERG

+ HALO = PURE AWESOME. [ET] because halo re-invented first person shooters after DOOM for pc. halo has become an icon because of its social playability and community. it's competitive and fun and you can pretty much build anything on halo 3. and the story itself is pretty epic. master chief has become an icon around the world. just saying cuz i'm a gamer myself =] GT = EquAzN (pronounced equation)
+ HALO = PURE AWESOME. [ET] because halo re-invented first person shooters after DOOM for pc. halo has become an icon because of its social playability and community. it's competitive and fun and you can pretty much build anything on halo 3. and the story itself is pretty epic. master chief has become an icon around the world. just saying cuz i'm a gamer myself =] GT = EquAzN (pronounced equation)
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1:39AM on 08/08/2009
damn that is epic! if someones gonna make it great, spiel can
damn that is epic! if someones gonna make it great, spiel can
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