Hell yeah! It looks like it's going to happen, it looks like we are finally going to see Halo brought to the big screen, and director/producer Steven Spielberg is the man that is going to back the movie! How awesome is that! According to IESB who has confirmed this intel with several different sources, Spielberg is in active negotiations to develop the feature film adaptation.
Apparently Stuart Beattie's script, Halo: Fall of Reach, made it into Spielberg's hands, and he was blown away by it. On top of that DreamWorks is looking for a tentpole film franchise to help launch their newly independent studio with distribution over at Walt Disney Pictures.
If you don't remember, Stuart Beattie wrote his Halo spec script during the writers strike, he had some concept art done for him, and he has been shopping his script around Hollywood. It looks like his hard work, talent, and perseverance has paid off. With Spielberg backing the film I don't see how the movie won't get made. Spielberg and Micosoft have a great relationship. It you remember at E3, Speilberg came out to introduce their Project Natal technology.
The movie is based off of the Halo novel Fall of Reach and last year Latino Review gave us a little description of the script.
The script is, first and foremost, 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, the game.
One cool advantage of this first script is that (like the shark in JAWS) you don't even see the Covenant until halfway through the movie. And because all the creatures are CGI creations, this cuts the budget down dramatically and makes a first Halo movie that much more viable. 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.
From the sound of it this is all going to work out! We are going to see a Halo movie come to life and we can all thank screenwriter Stuart Beattie for not giving up on the project and pushing his idea forward! Now it will be in the hands of one of the great filmmakers of the world as a producer, for now. Who knows, maybe and hopefully Spielberg himself takes the directing chair for this one. How feakin awesome would that be!