Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Movie News: Halo Director Named

I'm excited about the Halo movie. Not because I think the games are great (they're above average at best) but because the universe that was created for them has such posbilities for an amazing sci-fi thrill ride. If done right, this could be one of the biggest movies ever, EVER. Howeve,r it could also turn out to be like Resident Evil or Aliens vs. Predator, which is completely crappy.

First I heard that the same guy who wrote 28 Days Later, Alex Garland was writing the script. Okay, off to a good start. Supposedly he's a big fan of the series. Nice shot here.

Second, Microsoft/Bungie said they're keeping creative control over the film and are looking for a partner to produce it, not just selling the rights to the film. Evidently they've figured out that all video game to movie translations have sucked so far. Good for them.

Third, none other than Lord of the Rings himself Peter Jackson is on to produce. Way to go on this one. If there is one person who knows about how to make a large scale epic film it's Peter.

Fourth, and this is the new news, Neill Blomkamp is directing. Who the hell is Neill Blomkamp> is breaking the story, you can check it out here. This is his IMDB page. Not much to go on with this. He looks like an effects guy and he's only 26. Talk about your big break, sheesh, he's going to be loaded and banging models soon.

We'll see how this goes for the Microsoft/Bungie crew. I'd like to see them do some sort of thing like they did for King Kong and Superman, video diaries and stuff. I mean, we all know the characters, so there isn't much point hiding stuff. Hide story stuff, sure. Hide surprises, fiar enough. But Master Cheif, Cortana, the Flood, and the Convenant should all be shown in some shape or form just to get us salavating while the film is in preproduction and production.



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