Friday, April 04, 2008

Beattie on Halo

Latino Review had a great story this week about white hit screenwriter Stuart Beattie, who is fresh off G.I. Joe, and how he has written, in his spare time mind you, a spec script for Halo. Yes Halo. His script, which as a spec script, no one actually asked him to write, is full entitled Halo: Fall of Reach. It's based on one of those Halo expanded universe books, and sounds like it just might work!

Wow, what an out of the blue development for Halo. I mean, Since proposed director Neill Blomkamp left the film and everything fell apart with the financing last fall, its just been one long holding pattern for the Halo film. And with the rumor that its been Microsoft behind the lack of development, this could be exactly what's needed. A cheaper, smarter Halo film.

According to Latino Review the film "is a character-driven story about a soldier named John who was kidnapped or "conscripted" by the UNSC when he was just six years old, and then brutally trained to become an elite Spartan warrior known as Master Chief 117. The script then takes us through the horrific first contact with the Covenant hordes on the doomed colony world of Harvest, and then climaxes with the spectacular fall of the UNSC forward base on Reach, during which every other Spartan is slaughtered. The script also gives detailed outlines for the second movie, Halo: Rise of the Flood, which takes place entirely on the Halo ringworld, and the third and final movie, Halo: Battle for Earth, which roughly follows the events of Halo 3.

Sounds great! And I don't even play the Halo games. The article goes on to say "For Halo fans, it's like the prequel that provides all the answers to questions they've thought about for years. For non Halo fans, it's an exciting action movie that provides a clear, concise introduction to a world five hundred years in the future with relatable characters and a terrifying alien menace."

very nice. I sure hope this can get made. It sounds like Beattie wrote it with the intent of writing something a bit cheaper to make than the last version of the film. That's fine by me too, I mean if its as great as it sounds like it could be then we can just spend a ton on the second and third ones...

Definitely looking to see if Microsoft takes this opportunity. Beattie has a great track record over the past few years. And the guy has just dumped what could amount to a ton of money in your hands. Don't fuck this up again Microsoft. The fans deserve this film.

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