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Great Scott!!! HALO the Movie'!'!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with an interesting rumor, or at least a slice of what could be, pertaining to the possible big screen adaptation of the super-selling monster of a videogame HALO. Personally, I think if all the below comes to pass we could have an amazing movie on our hands. The first truly great video game adaptation. Anyway, here's the rumor:

Hey guys. Love the site. Been a long time reader. Always wanted to be able to contribute something.

I work at Warner-Bros. We recently had a meeting with Ronald Shusett and Daniel Alter over doing the video-game adaptation for this upcoming movie they're producing called 2176. It's an epic space opera that's essentialy a futurisitc retelling of the revolutionary war. WBIE used to be monolith, which developed the ALIEN Vs. PREDATOR games. Shusett co-created the ALIEN franchise and co-wrote the story for AVP.

Anyway, it turns out one of our senior execs here has been trying to ankle and move into film producing and approached Bungie back at E3 about the HALO movie rights. The word from the company was that unless you got the writer and director of the original ALIEN, everyone can go fish. So with the writer/producer of ALIEN sitting in (someone')s office, I guess he who shall remain nameless thought it was his time to strike.

Now the tricky part is, apparently Ridley Scott has seen the materials before. And subsequently passed on doing it. But, with HALO 2 sales having been astronomical, Shusett and Alter's camp has been in-touch with Scott Free about it. What's more, upon reviewing the game, Shusett commented that it reminded him of STARSHIP TROOPERS, which apparently Ridley and him had considered collaborating on 20 plus years ago after ALIEN came out. Funny, considering Shusett's TOTAL RECALL director Paul Verhoeven went on to bastardize Heinlein's classic.

Don't know if Ridley's budged. Or how serious Bungie is about licensing the movie rights. But a HALO movie from the creative team behind ALIEN, and who also toyed with STARSHIP TROOPERS, would seem to be a great fit. What I wonder is if these parties can't come to an accord, why wouldn't Bungie be open to somebody like James Cameron?

You can call me the WB Informant!

OK, back again. My mind is tingling just trying to imagine what a Ridley Scott HALO movie would be like. Think of the atmosphere of, say, the darker parts of LEGEND for the Flood, the claustrophobia of ALIEN during the rescue of Keyes from the Covenant ship and the crazy military action of BLACK HAWK DOWN during the round-up of the crash survivors at the beginning of the first game.

Keep in mind that this is a long way from becoming a reality. In the above email our source says that even Shusett himself is now just warming up to the idea. I think the best thing about this bit of information is Bungie's reluctance to give the film rights to anybody but a master. The last thing I want to see is Uwe Boll's HALO, which would undoubtedly take place modern day, without any mention of either the Flood or the Covenant and starring Ben Affleck as Master Chief and Tara Reid as Cortana.

As for our spy's speculation on James Cameron... no doubt he'd make a hell of a HALO movie, but didn't he kinda already make that movie with ALIENS? You can't deny that HALO borrows very, very heavily from that film... Hell, that's probably a big reason why I like the game so much.

The biggest question for me now is what story would they use? I'd prefer they use the storyline from the first game, where you're just kind of crazily dropped into the action as your ship is being attacked than go for some new introduction to Master Chief and Halo. The second game's storyline just wouldn't fit for a first movie, but I would love to see a GLADIATOR-esque battle on the city streets of Earth from the beginning of the second game.

Anyway, the above is a damn interesting rumor and at least it puts my mind to rest. Bungie knows what a valuable property they have and realize that it'd be better to never have a HALO movie at all than to give the rights over to someone who hasn't proven their worth in a big, big way. What do yo folks think?

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  • Nov. 18, 2004, 5:33 a.m. CST

    And in the end...

    by moviemaniac-7

    ... after development hell, Paul W.S. Anderson will anounce that he will direct...

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Just as long as it's not ...

    by Shan

    ... Uwe Boll I bet a lot of people are saying. I haven't seen any of his films but I have never heard such vitriol directed at someone in the film industry ...

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Still Waiting for Yar's Revenge: The Movie

    by stlfilmwire

    Woo hoo. I am so excited I think I will grow old and die. Halo needs to remain a video game.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Will the movie last longer than Halo 2?

    by vikingkitty

    I breezed through that overhyped game in less than ten hours. What a rip off!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 6:18 a.m. CST


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  • Nov. 18, 2004, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Halo 2 is not so good.

    by Some Dude

    The 8 minute teaser was a lie. The gameplay is exactly the same as the first. The game is too short. If you want good sci-fi, check out the new Metroid. Many original elements, unlike Halo which appears to be a direct rip-off of "Ringworld" with the sequel featuring many "Star Wars" elements thrown in for good measure.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 7:58 a.m. CST

    What does Halo 2 have that the first didn't?

    by minderbinder

    Or that every other FPS doesn't have? Besides the online play (which PC's have done for years, WITHOUT a monthly subscription fee), it just looks like an expansion pack. What's the big deal?

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 8 a.m. CST

    FUCK halo 2, make a HALF LIFE MOVIE

    by Rcamacho2278

    Halo 2 SUCKS man, it was built around so much hype but the single player story was moreo of the same. Fucken trailers made you think you were going to be battling on earth for a major part of the game but after level 2, your back on ships and stupid halo. HALF LIFE 2 is a REAL game with a REAL story that could make a good movie. its the best game ever made. bottom line

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Bungie's reluctance

    by ZaphodBB

    Bungie's reluctance to give the film rights to anybody but a master ... WHAT A JOKE! Those weenies will sell out to the first Jo that comes along. The bastards sold out to Microsoft afterall when they finished development of Halo. Why - oh why - couldn't they have just kept to developing games for the best platform out there - the MAC! Marathon MADE Bungie what they are today for Christ's sake. Long live the Phfor!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Wario's Revenge!

    by Lone Fox

    Halo movie? Pff. I'm holding out for Mario Bros 2

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Yars Revenge

    by c4andmore

    Starring Jeff Goldblum as Brundlefly

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Halo could be a fun film, if done correctly

    by The PimpDragon

    I think Ridley Scott doing anything sci-fi is enough to get most of us excited for a film. Give him a bad-ass character like Master Chief and fuel the film with Blade Runner/Alien-style visuals, with the Black Hawk Down battleground shots to boot and you'd have a cool movie! I think it's funny how people are jumping on the "Halo 2 Sucks" bandwagon like it's the "Episode I" of video games! I thought it was a lot of fun, with some interesting views on the Covenant and their religion, why they are who they are. Plus new developments about the 7 Halos that have been discovered by them and what they really could be - and it looks like they are NOT what the Covenant have made them out to be! If you haven't played Halo 2 on X-Box Live, do yourself a favor and check it out! But getting back to the movie, I think Scott could deliver the goods with an already great soundtrack and production design, character designs and a range of actors and actresses who all dig the game who would be dying to be a part of it. Hell, you can buy Master Chief armor (with working flashlight on the helmet), so you know that's already taken care of! As long as someone with competence is given the film, I'm happy. If it's Paul Dubya, we got problems. And with regards to the "Bungie would sell out" comment - sorry, but you're wrong. They've been on record for some time now saying that they have turned down film producers left and right over the rights to the game. They only want the best folks involved to handle this as does - I would think - Microsoft. And I also agree that Metroid Prime is the shizzle! That would also be a great movie if you had the right person - like Alex Proyas, who did the TV commercial for the first Metroid Prime game. I'd buy that for a dollar!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Halo is an ordinary run-and-gun game. It's a hit only because o

    by FrankDrebin

    It's a superficial shooter intended for non-gamers (I beat the few levels I played just by running too fast for the enemy AI to react). If Cameron or Scott have any interest in this, it's just to reach the young male audience that creates blockbusters (and a blockbuster will give them more power to make the uncommercial films they really want to make).

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 9:31 a.m. CST

    The only way Halo would work...

    by PushTheButton

    is as a tounge-in-cheek comedy that goofs on elitist gamers. The game is only known for it's multiplayer mode anyway.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Dead Or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball: The Movie!

    by FrankDrebin

    I think there's interest in making a Halo movie simply because it IS such an ordinary (mainstream) story: it's a war set among the stars, or a "star wars", you might say. There actually ARE plenty of creative video games with original storylines, but Hollywood is too timid to touch them: PsyOps (telekinetic soldiers), Voodoo Vince (a living voodoo doll who beats enemies by beating himself up), Impossible Creatures (armies created from animals, Dr. Moreau style), Ghost Master (Beetlejuice, if he was trying to conquer the world), Beyond Good & Evil (investigative journalist in space), Primal (a shapeshifting goth girl with a gargoyle sidekick), Okage (boy with evil shadow), Draken (girl with dragon), Panzer Dragoon Orta (girl with bigger dragon), Fear Effect (girl on girl)... And there's just no excuse for Half-Life and Prince Of Persia not to have been adapted yet.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 10:02 a.m. CST

    A new Halo storyline would be better

    by SuperTooth

    Something that Bungie would oversee and make sure is what they want. I don't want to see Halo 1 as a movie, I played through the game, I want more Halo that I don't know, back story and such. How about a Halo Prequel movie. They already made the game and then wrote a book that was basically the game (which I didn't read, so I can't speak on how closely it followed or if it added anything extra) why do we need a movie of the same story.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Grand Theft Auto film is more likely than a Halo film...

    by Kampbell-Kid

    No offense but the Grand Theft Auto franchise as of late has struck more of a chord with the large adult/teen demographic. Also it has been completely groundbreaking which each new installment in terms of game content. Mind you the stories are rehashed trite action plots but like flims we can tollerate "much of the same" if the direction is well done. Halo however is just another sad cliche evolved version of the now primitive first person shooter circa early 90's Wolfenstien/Doom game when you come down to it. And the ONLY thing that contributes mainly to Halo's success is not the game itself... it is really its' online play is why it has the large fanbase that it has. Take that away and most people will tell you they've hardly played the regular single player game itself. This movie idea is just dumb... what are you going to make a movie out of that draws people to like it... it's online play. Get real people.. this is about is likely as a Pong movie. They would HAVE to have a master direction to make a game like this appealing, I think Bungie obiviously knows that or they would've approached Paul Anderson by now.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 10:59 a.m. CST

    I hope its as good as Wing Commander

    by Itchy

    Seriously - do any of these video game movies work out ? You could spend a day listing the total bombs: Resident Evil, Wing Commander, Lara Croft, Mario Bros (mmm...Samantha Mathis). Anyway, they always suck. And even if they have potential - like a Halo movie undoubtably would, they end up being brainless action movies aimed squarely at 12 year old boys. It's part of Hollywood's refusal to acknowledge the enormous success and appeal of video games, and realize that kids who got hooked on video games with Space Invaders in the 70's are now 30 - 40 years old, with families of their own, who would take them to see a good video game based movie. And as for the tool who said Halo was an "average" game, you are totally high - I absolutely hate FPS games but was hooked on Halo from day one. And Halo 2 on Xbox Live ? It's glorious man.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Word to your crowbar.

    by Nocturnaloner

    Half-Life 2 IS one of the greatest games of all time, but a movie? From Hollywood? "...and then Gordon falls in love." No thanks.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 11:28 a.m. CST

    HELL, YEAH!!!! -- A-list Director or die!!!! James Cameron wo

    by JDanielP

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 11:39 a.m. CST

    James Cameron could EASILY make a "HALO" movie to be worthy of h

    by JDanielP

    GOD how I would LOVE to see a James Cameron "HALO" movie. Any way I could get such a Christmas wish??? -- 'Cause that's ALL the Christmas I would EVER need.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Yeah, this is my third posting here ... but an A-List directed b

    by JDanielP

    What do you get when you add "ALIENS" with "TERMINATOR 2"??? (Don't forget to shake it up. Mix it up really well.) You get a James Cameron directed sci-fi special effects masterpiece that will melt your eyeballs off!!!! -- Oh, ... let's call the movie "HALO". -- Damn it! I just changed this underware!!!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Another bad idea in a long list of bad ideas.

    by RainJacket

    I agree with some of the other talkbackers here. It's NOT going to be Ridley Scott, or James Cameron, or Akira Kurosawa's ghost. It's going to be Stephen Sommers, Paul Anderson, or any other hack that routinely gets work. And it's going to be one of the worst things made. Video games are just not meant to be good movies. Whether it's a hack director, out-of-touch Hollywood execs, or the Hand of God, something will always invariably happen to sink the project to Super Mario Bros. level. And Halo isn't even that good of a game. It's only redeeming quality are the online features, and they make you buy X-Box live to do that so they can steal your money. Other than that, it's nothing more than an extremely short, extremely reptitive no-thought required FPS. The whole point of Master Chief is you don't know who he is. That means the studios can cast Chris Tucker and there is nothing any of you fanboys can do about it.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 12:40 p.m. CST

    There already is a HALO movie...

    by Yossarian

    red vs. blue or whatever it's called. The existential discussion between the two halo troops about why they're gaurding a concrete bunker in a box canyon in the middle of nowhere was pretty funny.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Halo 2 was frigging shit

    by Brody77

    Why bother with this? It'll turn out like Judge Dredd anyway. Stop doing video game adaptations!!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 12:48 p.m. CST

    About the whole "GTA is more the focus over Halo 2" thing

    by The PimpDragon

    No it's not. Halo 2 set a new record with over $125 million in sales on its first frickin' day. GTA broke near $100 million, but still wasn't as big a hit. "So what?" you ask. Well, consider this - more gamers have PS2s than X-Boxes. The PS2 (for WHATEVER reason) is still the number one console and X-Box and GameCube combined probably might not be enough to even out the numbers. So for an X-Box exclusive game to outsell a PS2 exclusive game is a damn miracle. GTA: SA is a good game, but really it's more of the same thing they've been doing since GTA 3. Bad-ass guy goes on missions and kills people and prostitutes (when so inclined) and runs away from police, all the while buying airports, bars, and establishing a Scarface-esque empire. The stories vary a bit, and are overall pretty good, but the play mechanics haven't really changed a bit. Sorry, but Halo 2 is the video game king right now, and probably will be throughout the holiday season. The only game I see beating it is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, and that's just because so many people loved the first one that the hype on the new one is pretty huge. You want to talk about videogames being good movies, KOTOR would be a FAAAARRRRRRR better film than any of the current prequels! Sorry for the videogamer rant. Just had to point the dolla dolla billz out!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 1:11 p.m. CST

    What we need is for Hollywood to make a movie based on the (argu

    by Floyd Gondolli

    That game is Goldeneye on the N64. But if they can't make that, I'd settle for Metal Gear Solid (or maybe even Metal Gear, as I never played it and I'd like to see Solid's earlier shenanigans). Also I'd like a couple of movies based on Minesweeper and Tetris if that isn't too much trouble.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 1:11 p.m. CST


    by Dragonfire

    I respect Bungie for refusing to give the Halo movie rights to anyone who doesn't know how to make a decent film *cough* UWE BOLL *cough*, but there are better games to make into movies. It pisses me off that Halo is made out to be one of the greatest games of all time. All the people who say that probably haven't played many games. It doesn't do much that other games haven't done already. It especially pisses me off that Halo 2 gets coverage on friggin' CNN, as if it's one of the most groundbreaking games of all time, when Half-life 2 is about to come out which really IS going to be one of the most groundbreaking games of all time as far as games technology goes. Half-life 2 is the game that should be getting news coverage.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 1:19 p.m. CST

    This will suck just like all the others!

    by Rogue_Leader

    The fact is Halo 2 does not have a strong enough storyline to make for a movie. Its storyline is WEAK as hell and would just be laughable as a movie.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 2:14 p.m. CST

    I agree, Zaphod.

    by Durendal

    Fuck Bungie. I was a big Marathon pfhan back in the day. Awesome series of games. Then there was Myth 1 and 2 and Oni. All kickass games. Then we saw Halo, announced for Mac and PC, and it looked incredible. Then Bungie was bought up by MS. Okay, that could be bad, but we'll wait and see. Then they say they're stalling development in favor of an Xbox release. Then they take TWO FUCKING YEARS to get it out for Mac and PC, and that was through 3rd party porters! FUCK YOU, Bungie! You had a helluva fan base that adored your games, and you shat on their faces. Fucking sellout assholes. THOSE PEOPLE PUT YOU WHERE YOU ARE NOW! They said that when MS bought them, they had full publishing rights. They could put Halo out for the PS2 if they wanted to. My ass. Halo and Halo 2 are awesome games, but Bungie has lost all respect. They don't give a shit about their fans. Fuck them.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Aliens 2... errr, I mean Halo 2

    by RoomOnFire

    First off, Halo 2 does not suck. It's got better graphics than the first one, better level design, and a much more cinematic feel. Plus, the fact that you can go double-guns makes this game about DOUBLY as good as the first one. Also, it's rad that you play as a Covenant dude who's like the covenant equivalent of a cyborg super-soldier. I was hoping that those two dudes would fight each other, and you as the player had to pick who wins and who loses. Instead, they are "unwitting allies"...yeah, never seen that before. Sooo..wait, this thread is about Halo the movie? Gimmie a break. Halo's plot is paper-thin and the characters are never given much to do other than blow shit up. It would be like BAD BOYS 2, except in outer space. This should stay as a videogame-- FOREVER. If a studio wants to make a big-budget sci-fi action movie, maybe those brainiacs should be checking out BOOKS instead of VIDEOGAMES. These studio execs must think the general population is fucking retarded. As sweet as some of you nerds think a Halo movie would be, it pales in comparison to a movie adaptation of something like Altered Carbon (Richard K. Morgan)or Perdido Street Station (China Mieville). Of course, we live in a country where more people see a peices of shit like RESIDENT EVIL 2 and than see ambitious, well-crafted sci-fi like The CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK or MINORITY REPORT. Am I alone in this line of thinking?

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 2:52 p.m. CST

    "Bastardize Heinlen's Classic"

    by JonQuixote

    I...guess that's what they did. I mean, the book was kind of a pro-facist treatise disguised as a sci-fi adventure. And the movie was kind of a satire of facism disguised as a sci-fi adventure. I suppose that does bastardize it - if you turned Mein Kampf into Springtime for Hitler, you could make the same critism. Personally, I kind of prefer the Verhoven version, as jackboots are kind of funny. The movie could have used Jump Boots though.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Its about 20% excitement for a HALO movie and 80% excitement for

    by Tall_Boy

    Seriously, Blackhawk Down in Space. Aliens is one of my all-time favs, but its somewhat limited in its scope, Earth vs. Alien destruction on the homeland on a massive scale. By Ridley Scott? How the hell can people not like this idea?

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Bungie attackers crack me up

    by The PimpDragon

    Like YOU wouldn't take Microsoft's money? Okay. Whatever. Nice try. Seriously, what does Bungie owe you? You guys are like all those who cry and moan that Lucas is killing your childhood. If a videogame company makes you this angry, seek therapy! I hate Microsoft with regards to what they stand for but I love my X-Box! Plus, they actually LOSE money on each one sold! It costs more than $149.99 to make an X-Box. Wanna stick it to Bill Gates? Buy an X-Box, mod it then download and play all of your favorite NES, Super NES, arcade, GBA, and Genesis games straight off of its hard drive! With regards to Bungie: Bungie is smart - they knew that Microsoft was a great umbrella company for them to make the games they want - like Halo. Call them "sellouts" all you want. They did what any other gaming company would do and are able to be a major force in gaming.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I masturbate over Cortana.

    by fitzcarraldo2

    She teh sexy.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by Lolthien

    How can anyone mention games that should be movies and not mention Homeworld or Homeworld:Cataclysm as games which need a Movie treatment? Two of the most story driven games in the world, and along with their sequel, just about the only RTS's I can think of that would be able to do a movie justice.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Just want to point out something about Halo 2 saves versus GTA:S

    by Holly_Wight

    GTA:SA is an M-Rated game. A HARD M-Rated game. Therefore, it can only be bought by half of the video gaming public. Halo 2 is a game that 13-year-olds can buy, and therefore it sold more copies. Ratings affecting sales like this is true in games AND movies. That being said, GTA:SA is a far superior, more unique gaming experience than the FPS formula of Halo. Grrl gamers got over FPS games after Stevie Case kicked all the boys' asses at Quake, and then decided to show her rack, fuck the creators of Quake, and finally co-produce one of the worst games ever. Way to use that feminist clout, babe!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by Psyclops

    I agree. ALIENS is my all time favorite movie and I would be first in line to see a HALO film directed by James Cameron (though I'd kill to see a proper ending to the ALIEN series directed by him first).

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Starship Troopers is a great movie.

    by MyNameDoesn'tFit


  • Nov. 18, 2004, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Tetris - The Movie

    by vicious_bastard

    It'll be a blockbuster for sure.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Starship Troopers without the politics ridiculing Bush policy an

    by watashiwadare


  • Nov. 18, 2004, 5:04 p.m. CST

    PimpDragon ... Durendal

    by ZaphodBB

    You're missing the point! It's not all about the big bucks! Sometimes it's about integrity. Bungie HAD that ... and a lot of respect from MAC users. They dared to compete against the huge machine that was the PC gaming market. They made Marathon MAC-only knowing it would hurt their sales but they were willing to stick their necks out to show support for a loyal community. It earned them GREAT respect ... if not huge dollars. They then made Marathon 2 for both PC and MAC to further increase their revenue but must've gotten an intense backlash from the fans cuz they re-evaluated and released Marathon Infinity for MAC only. That showed pride and integrity! The sell-out to Microsoft was a slap-in-the-face to all those who stood by them. Durendal, glad to have someone who can see my point in my corner. Maybe Bungie will some day repent and release "Marathon Revisited" for all us loyal Mac'ers who put them on the map. "Frogblast the vent core!"

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 6:10 p.m. CST

    The game of "HALO" (and "HALO 2") should only be the inspiration

    by JDanielP

    James Cameron. Get him, damn it! -- Where's the James Cameron epic sci-fi that I've been craving for years and years?!?!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Buncha idiots

    by Briannicus

    Alright, I am SICK of hearing ALL you idiots who are bitching about beating the game in 10 hours. Here's a nice revolutionary idea for ya, try beating it on a HARDER mode like Legendary. . .then you can get your ass handed to you multiple times, come back and lie about how you breezed through it in 10 more hours. Also, the improvememtn on the game are story-line, graphics and other things, so the controls are the same. . .boo-fuckin' hoo. Then there's the bitches out ther complaining that you only play on earth for x amount of time then you're stuck back on another Halo. You were pissed, you didn't WANT to be on another Halo. . .congrats, that's how the Master Chief would feel too, don'tcha think??? To the people who said the story is shallow, betcha didn't expect to play as the Arbiter now didja, bet ya didn't even see all the twists that were thrown at ya. You ahd a mad on to make it through the game so you probably tried to get past the cinematics as fast as possible. Part of the charm of the game is seeing how the story unfolds during the cinematics. . .I for one am glad that this much effort was put into the game. To all the Half-Lifers, yeah. . .it's a decent game as well, but. . .nothing I haven't seen before as far as story goes either. Halo, if done properly COULD be a VERY good movie (Long as we don't get to see Master Chief's face (The mystery is part of what makes it so brilliant in the first place. Flame away if you want, but you KNOW I'm right.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Halo Prequel

    by DustoMan

    Having read the first Halo book, and half of the second, the storyline from Fall or Reach would make the *Perfect* movie. It deals with the creation of Spartians, the opening of the Human/Covenant war, and the fall of the human stronghold, Reach, leading up to the Pilar of Autumn stumbling on to Halo. This would be a killer movie. Hell it would be the beginning of a killer trilogy. Someone needs to get started on this NOW!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Why does Master Chief sound like 47 from Hitman?

    by ZeroCorpse

    Don't they have ANY other voice actors in the videogame business?

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Cameron would be ideal


  • Nov. 18, 2004, 10:56 p.m. CST

    by proper

    PimpDragon= The reason PS2 sold more than the others is because sony brought out PS1 games in a easily pirated format(lets face it Nintendo made a mistake sticking with cartridges) which although may of cost them(more specifically the developers) short term games sales(though not by much),they got their brand into the minds of normal people as the byword for consoles and carried it over to ps2 and probably ps3 and beyond....Nintendo make the best games but they make strange business decisions and Xbox is a machine that didn't capture the publics intrest(some of their marketing was weak too,I saw too many adverts with cut scenes and absract imagery but no gameplay).As for a Halo film I thought the cut scene where the soldier jumps out of the spaceship and dives through the atmosphere onto the battlefield was really good and would be impressive if translated to film.

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Fuck That!! Make a CounterStrike movie, with Hulk hogan as the b

    by AshesOfDonnie

    "The terrorists win, brother!"

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Fuck That! Bring bacl Bob Hoskins and make Super Mario Bros 2

    by AshesOfDonnie

    and maybe this time the vilians look like from the video game and not beetlejuice rejects!!!!

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Forget a HALO movie.


    I want to see the following movies produced WELL-BEFORE a HALO flick is green-lighted: PITFALL, FROGGER, MADDEN 2005, DIG-DUG, TRON (Oh wait. That was a movie first,) GRAN TURISMO 4, JAK 2, and last but not least, the immortal PONG.

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 2:01 a.m. CST

    "Bastardize Heinlen's Classic"

    by The Killer-Goat

    The difference, JonQuixote, being that the movie didn't bother to 'disguise' jack sh*t about it's fascist-parody innuendos. Not even in an entertaining way. At least the book lent itself to some decent sci-fi escapist fantasy. Verhoeven has no excuse for adding nothing and taking away so much, trading any underlying thread of patriotism for sarcasm and of course completely ignoring all the theoretical military technology (powersuits) and political analyses of Heinlein's writing. The guy deserved far better for a book still read 40yrs later. F*ck Verhoeven for that steaming pile of crap. Oh, but I'm not bitter at all.

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 2:13 a.m. CST

    All this talk of an A-list directed "HALO" movie has put me in a

    by JDanielP

    Why aren't there more directors with the talent and passion of James Cameron??? -- hey, Hollywood, ... I'm right here. I'm available. -- And yeah, I'm completely serious. I'd be proud to represent us GEEKS here, at aintitcool.

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 2:20 a.m. CST

    "Grrl gamers got over FPS games..." WTF?

    by The Killer-Goat

    Last I checked, FPS games were NEVER very popular with the ladies. None of the women gamers I know would EVER touch Quake. Why the resistance to FPS games? "Too gory, too crazy, and too mindless..." Cry me a river, but don't try to tell me that GTA is somehow more appealing to [girl] gamers than any other shooter simply based on a generalized comparison to the entire FPS genre. That's a far smaller demographic compared to the rest of the female world playing Final Fantasy or Everquest or City of Heroes.

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 2:39 a.m. CST


    by SpoonmanJack

    What would you guys think of having steven helm the new halo movie? Also, this talk about plot lines is pretty you really think Bungie would let one of the games plot lines be turned into the movie. I think its pretty obvious they would use the movie as a new plot entirely, they have so much to cover as those of you who have beat halo 2 know. maybe a prelude to halo 3/4, or a prequel could work well too. Either way, Bungie wont let anyone mess this up, thats for sure

  • Spike, from Cowboy Bebop... and Solid Snake and...

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Halo, a movie?

    by The UnGod

    Jeez, I thought I played that movie every night. And the sequels even better!

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 10:51 a.m. CST

    "So for an X-Box exclusive game to outsell a PS2 exclusive game

    by minderbinder

    It's probably easier for an A list title to make a killing on a smaller platform. PS2 owners have a million games to choose from, with Xbox it's slimmer pickings. People bought the platform just to play Halo 1 and a few others, and they're starved for decent games. on PS2, you can't turn around without hitting a dozen great games. If you don't believe me, look at N64 (and probably gamecube as well). The playstation killed it in platform sales. But most of the top selling games were on the nintendo, Zelda, Mario, Perfect Dark etc. Halo is a big fish BECAUSE it is in a smaller pond.

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 12:42 p.m. CST

    About VG adaptations...

    by BigTed

    Studio Ghibli should make ICO. Roger Avary is writing Silent Hill, and thank God he prefers SH2 and constantly listens to the soundtrack. Maybe the director can magically pull it off and it could come close to the game. Halo 2 had a much, much better story than Halo 1 (even if the character development was still of the typical standard for First Person Shooters), some actual acting (Michael Wincott fucking ruled) and some nice design choices. However, it still played exactly like the first Halo. And by that I mean it had two good levels and a good while of endless Doom-quality corridor padding. Meh. And as for HL2, I just finished it, and whilst it's not the best game ever made and I'm somewhat disappointed in the story being neglected (Half-Life's unique focus means that the storytelling is somewhat different than what we would normally expect in a game or movie; great but slightly sparse), it is probably the best straight-action first person game ever made.

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 1:25 p.m. CST

    The Master Chief...

    by PoopsMcGee

    ...should be played on screen a la Darth Vader, with an impressive physical specimen within the suit and another actor voicing him. For the voice, I'd go with Vin Diesel. Could you imagine "I need a weapon"?

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Halo 2 is Rated M, yo!

    by The PimpDragon

    Check it. So, there goes your myth of 13 year olds being able to buy it. And personally, I can't think of many great games on the PS2. I own an X-Box and GameCube and could easily buy a PS2, but I hate the system. All of my friends who have had PS2s had to have them replaced within a year or less due to bad drives and other issues. None of us have had a single problem with our X-Boxes or GameCubes. The only selling point for the PS2 for me was GTA, then they remade GTA 3 and VC and packaged them on the X-Box with better graphics and a customizable soundtrack. They'll do the same with GTA:SA, so I'll just wait for the better version. Final Fantasy? Haven't liked it since it left the Super NES. Can't stand the games since FFVII came out. And yes, I've played them. They just don't do shit for me. Sports games? Everything is better on X-Box Live. Period. I've played PS2 online and X-Box Live and X-Box blows it away. These are just my opinions (save for the Rated M for Halo and the fact that GTA is better on the X-Box), but I feel better now that I've gotten that out! Sorry for the gamer rant. Peace in da Middle East!

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Lets get the Metal Gear movie series going...

    by MisterBlonde

    would be cool.

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 6:24 p.m. CST

    The PimpDragon is...

    by Mister Grieves

    the only mother fucker on here who knows what he is talking about, and he's pretty much owned all you whiny fucks who shelled out $300 dollars for a ps2 that's not worth $50. Get over it.

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Mister Grieves!

    by The PimpDragon

    I'm a die-hard videogamer. Have been since 1980 and my Atari 2600. I've owned virtually every system up until now. If I didn't have it, I had friends who did. I'm not trying to own anyone on this board. That's not my intention. I just offer another voice and will defend the X-Box and GameCube against Sony elitists. Both systems are more graphically powerful than the PS2. The only thing the PS2 has over both is selection of games. However, X-Box and GameCube are more specific about what they put on their consoles. PS2 will put anything out and just like the PS1 there are tons of games, but for every one worth owning, there are like 40 that suck total ass. Grieves, I'm sorry if you got burned by the Sony machine. I knew people who'd pre-ordered that machine over a year in advance and didn't get one until 5 months after launch. Ever since then, I've been in the "Fuck Sony and Fuck PS2" mindset. Glad I'm not the only one! And yes, Metal Gear could be a damn cool movie!

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 7:35 p.m. CST

    And one more thing for Sony fans...

    by The PimpDragon

    If you want to buy one of the new and improved "smaller" PS2s, be forewarned: the four-player adapter DOES NOT work for it (there is another one coming out that you can spend your money on - thanks Sony!), you can't hook up the external hard drive (or it doesn't work at all - I can't remember which it is, but both suck total ass) and there are a couple of other things that WILL NOT work with it (I think that includes the modem hookup for online play). I have a friend that works as a manager at GameStop and he told me all about how Sony dicked over everyone again (and just so you know, he's on this THIRD PS2). Now you know, and knowing is half the battle! G.I. JOOOOOE!

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 11:44 p.m. CST



    Anyone who thinks otherwise is either clueless, or in denial... PERIOD

  • Nov. 20, 2004, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Fuck XBox and Sony. it's all about the ATARI Jaguar!!!

    by AshesOfDonnie

    Whose with me here folks!!!!

  • Nov. 20, 2004, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Durendal and Zaphod are both right!

    by warp11

    Bungie did sell out. That doesn't mean us old school hard core Marathon fans can't still play Halo 1 and 2 and still get rush from the games simular to the Marathon series. I mean really, every time I play the game I look for more references to Marathon. Also, in the Halo time line, the game Marathon takes place farther in the future than Marathon. How cool was it that they put the level "foundation" from the original marathon in Halo 2 for multiplayer! And Zaphod, hearing "bobs" say "Frog Blast the Ventcore" is one of the funniest things ever!

  • Nov. 20, 2004, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Jaguar FOR LIFE, fools!

    by The PimpDragon

    Tempest 2000 OWNS YOUR MORTAL SOUL!!!!!! So did Aliens vs. Predator and Primal Rage! Right on, Ashes for Donnie! And who cares if Bungie sold out? They now have all the fiscal support they could ever need to make the games they want to make. They don't have to struggle for resources to get the neccessary things needed to make their games. Who can blame them for that? And like I said before, like NONE OF YOU would have taken the money, the support and the freedom that Microsoft offered. Okay. Believe that all you want if it makes you sleep better at night!

  • June 7, 2005, 3:18 a.m. CST


    by fallingfrag

    Although I've hardley seen any of the Aliens series, I don't really think halo has a lot to do with it. Especially not Starship Troopers though. I mean, mabey you could compare the Flood of Halo to the Bugs of Starship Troopers, but beyond that, the differences just stack higher and higher.

  • June 7, 2005, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Halo movie

    by sist

    First the games would realy suck as movies. You realy couln't get the proper feel for the game and the story line. the only real way to make a halo movie is to use the books. Even 'The flood' which is based of the game directly, it would make a good movie due to elements that are in the books and not in the game And all you people who talk trash on microsoft and the xbox, well at least my xbox didn't stop working after a year like most ps2s. and the game cube just dosn't cut it due to the lack of game for people older than 12, so boo-hoo.

  • June 14, 2005, 4:09 a.m. CST

    halo movie story

    by h2phreak

    I think that the story should start at Reach.I mean if you read the 1st halo book you would understand how the humans found Halo.It would be pretty cool if you see a whole bunch of master chiefs killing every covenant in their way. Anyway thats my opinion on how the story should start out.

  • June 27, 2005, 1:31 p.m. CST

    It Would Be Like A Dream...

    by Stinger_96

    Halo Movie would Kick Ass! It would be great to see the invading of covenant bording parties killing marines in Autumn, or the swarms of flood when they are first discovered. If this movie was made, not only would there be some VERY NICE special effects, but the aliens would for sure look outstanding! For sure they should go with the 1st game's storyline, rather than the linear plot of Halo 2. And by the way I strongly agree with SIST, all you people trash-talking microsoft obviously haven't played a decent game in a LONG time. I also liked the idea about basing the movie off of the books instead of the actual game. And even starting out with the first book about the whole war on Reach sounds like an awsome idea.

  • Aug. 15, 2005, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Addition to h2phreak's Halo movie Storyline

    by Ayane+Ryu=?

    All you idiots who say a Halo movie would suck obviously haven't read the trilogy and have no idea what the whole story is about. It's abou tmore than th eMaster Chief shooting a bunch of aliens in the face with a shotgun, there actually is an awesome story behing the game. Just buy the books (by Eric Nylund and William C. Dietz) and you'll know what I'm talking about.

  • Aug. 15, 2005, 9:54 a.m. CST

    More on the Halo Movie

    by Ayane+Ryu=?

    Ya know what else would be cool, if they started at Sigma Octanus when Ensign Lovell first finds the Covenant in Slipspace and then Keyes comes and beats the living tar out of two frigates, a carrier, and a destroyer. OOOHHHHh, my heart tingles just thinking about it.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 11:56 a.m. CST

    They should base the movie on

    by kuabarra

    the halo book the fisrt strike, or maybe even the fall of reach so everyone can see the origins of master chief and the Spartans

  • Aug. 25, 2005, 5:43 a.m. CST

    HALO Movie

    by John 117

    I think this could be a really great movie and it sounds like it is progressing into the right direction with amazing possibilities. Everyone who has played the games know this is a special effect festival just waiting to happen! You can read the story on the movie @ If anyone has read the books, an entire movie can be made off of one book ex) "The Fall of Reach", "First Strike", and "Halo". You could go all the way back to when the Spartan program was in its infancy with little children becoming supersoldiers, to decisive battles at distant planets. Best of all, there will probably be no love story intertwined to makeup for lack of quality stories--ex) "Pearl Harbor". If you haven't read the books I suggest you start because it is actually interesting and the writers did an excellent job telling a story that the games excluded in their plot.

  • Aug. 25, 2005, 5:52 a.m. CST

    HALO Movie

    by John 117

    Also, I hope not to see superfamous actors. I want to see new people...not Ben Affleck and definitely NOT Ashton Kutcher!

  • Aug. 25, 2005, 6:33 a.m. CST

    HALO Movie

    by John 117

    For those of you who haven't read the books, there is so much story line in there that you could easily start a TV series--EASILY. If only I could help the movie makers! Of track..the movie will be kick-ass for the special effects involved alone.. If they stick to the books they'll be fine b/c the books will contain everything the game has, scene-for-scene, and much much more. I can't friggin' wait..can you tell?

  • Aug. 25, 2005, 6:36 a.m. CST

    by John 117

    Oly, Oly, Oxen-Free!

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 12:15 a.m. CST


    by halo_fanactic

    i really think that if they would make a halo movie they should computer animate it instead of doing it like StarShip Troppers.But dont get me wrong i like star ship troppers but if they computer animate halo, i think a whole lot more people would go and see the movie

  • Oct. 22, 2005, 12:17 a.m. CST


    by halo_fanactic

    i really think that if they would make a halo movie they should computer animate it instead of doing it like StarShip Troppers.But dont get me wrong i like star ship troppers but if they computer animate halo, i think a whole lot more people would go and see the movie

  • Oct. 23, 2005, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Halo Movie

    by Weps

    IMO I think a Halo Movie would be cool. If plotted well, get Scott or Cameron. Besides, alot of people keep complaning about the books. Alot of movies are based upon books, but I find that movies from games are cooler. If you read the book and then see the movie most of the times the book is better and is more accurate. Now a movie after a game, you don't have the full story, you have played the game (adding a virtual first-hand exprince) and it just be really cool.

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by lextron

    hi everyone i am new here

  • Feb. 6, 2006, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by lextron

    I think a halo movie is the best thing since sliced bread. Imagine the flood and the covenant in an actual movie along with the masterchief. But if a halo film was to be made i would like to have an actor i have never seen before. Also the film should be based on the books because they have a better storyline than the games do. Then if there were more films they should be concentrated on halo2. Also people have been saying that halo is only popular for its online multilpayer.which its not, i have the game on both pc and xbox, and i play on the internet and is good but i asked all my friends they prefered the missions than the multiplayer. Also halo is the best game on xbox its a fact, it got that good because bungie put alot of effort into it. I dont no how poeple can mock it,dont you find killing aliens is fun?

  • March 24, 2006, 12:51 a.m. CST

    halo movie

    by blb_81


  • March 24, 2006, 12:54 a.m. CST

    halo movie

    by blb_81

    I REALLY think that there should be a Halo movie. If Bungie or whomever is worried about who will direct it, why not ask George Lucus?? I think he did an excellent job with the Star Wars eps 1 thru 3. And as for the story line, having it based on the first game makes a lot of sense, but what about blending the first and second game together for the movie??