October 12, 2005

Halo Movie Green-Lighted

I love the video game Halo. I still spend a couple of hours a week playing different levels at the Legendary difficulty for fun. (Truth and Reconciliation is my favorite level right now).

Halo 2 wasn't bad either. It was great for multiplayer head-to-head, though the campaign game didn't do much for me (I think they overdid the "story" at the expense of the gameplay. And don't get me started about being forced to play as a Covenant Elite).

And, in a sure indication of terminal geek-hood, I actually bought and read the three novelizations of the game. The two books by Eric Nylund were actually quite entertaining (especially since I had negative expectations for them). The Dietz book - a play-by-play retelling of the game's plot - wasn't so good.

Well, now it looks like they are going to make a movie based on Halo (to coincide with the launch of Halo 3). More interestingly, Peter Jackson (of Lord of the Rings fame, or infamy) will direct the venture use his Weta production facilities in Wellington, New Zealand where the film will also be shot. Alex Garland (not Eric Nylund) did the script, though I hope that they referred to some of the novels for backstory and plots.

I am looking forward to this. It's long past time for a movie based on a videogame to be successfully done.

(Hat tip: SFSignal).

Posted by JohnL at October 12, 2005 11:12 PM | TrackBack

And after the Doom movie hits the theatres, it will still be long past time for a movie based on a videogame to be successfully done. :)

Posted by: owlish at October 13, 2005 09:00 AM

Acttually there's nothing been said that Jackson will **direct**. In fact the story you link to says: "A director and cast are expected to be named in coming weeks." More than likely he'll be executive producer.

Posted by: Fred Kiesche at October 13, 2005 06:30 PM

Fred, good observation. That was sloppy reading and summarizing on my part.

Posted by: JohnL at October 13, 2005 08:53 PM

What? You didn't like "Super Mario Brothers"?

Posted by: thomas at October 16, 2005 10:40 PM

Holy Cow, that was a bad movie. Not the alltime worst movie ever, but in the running.

Double Dragon was pretty bad, too.

Posted by: owlish at October 24, 2005 12:36 AM
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