A film based on the hugely popular Halo game series seems like such a brilliant idea, yet it’s path to the big screen has been fraught with false dawns, rewrites and project cancellations.
Alex Garland, the man behind 28 Days Later, original wrote a script back in 2005, and the project looked all set to go ahead. Peter Jackson was set to be executive producer, with Neill Blomkamp directing.
Unfortunately, both Fox and Universal, who were originally set to produce the movie weren’t interested when it came to the crunch: maybe because of the poor performance rate of other game to movie releases.
So the project was shelved, and unambiguously declared dead last year.
Now, according to Dark Horizons, the project may get started again, thanks to a speculative script and treatment by Australian screenwriter Stuart Beattie.
The storyline is based on Eric Nylund’s first book tie-in to the series, the prequel Halo: The Fall of Reach. There is also the scope there for a trilogy of movies following the plot of the game series.
With Gears of War, another massive Xbox game getting confirmed as being made in to a film, surely the time has come to finally get the Halo movie made. There are literally millions of fans worldwide who would love to see it happen.