Last month the video game Halo: Reach blew up and made over $200 million dollars the first day it was unleashed on the world, proving that the Halo franchise still has what it takes to be an incredibly successful film. It's amazing to me that we don't have a Halo me yet.
Both Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox have attempted to adapt this game into a film, but they've both failed. Now Vulture is reporting that DreamWorks Pictures is looking to do what those studio's couldn't. They are "renewing its efforts to obtain the rights and revive the project, which has been in a state of suspended animation since late 2006." According to the site this is how DreamWork plans to get the franchise,
Despite Spielberg’s status as Hollywood’s top producer and his ability to attract the best original scripts, DreamWorks has been focusing on using novelizations of the video game — the literary equivalent of Purina PuppyChow. It seems strange for Hollywood’s most successful filmmaker to rely on such lowbrow source material, but it's actually a shrewd way to dodge the knotty legal issues and bitter recriminations surrounding Halo’s development at Universal and Fox.
I think the Halo books are actually pretty cool, and would make for a great Halo film franchise. Microsoft also recently talked about their desire to make a Halo movie when the time was right. They've been developing the story from several scripts that have already been written for previous movie attempts, but at the time it seemed like they were in no rush to move forward with anything. One of these scripts came from Stuart Beatie, who wrote a script based on the Halo book, Halo: Fall of Reach. Which Spielberg was actually pursuing at one point.
There's no doubt in my mind that Halo is going to be a huge and successful film franchise if done right. It would be great to see DreamWorks actually pull this together, build a great creative team of talent, and make an incredible Halo film.
What are your thoughts on DreamWorks trying to get Halo into production?