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Halo Movie Postponed, Street Fighter Movie On 76

FofR writes "Given the previous statements concerning the Halo Movie's stalled progress, it should come as no surprise that the movie is now officially on hold." From the article: "At this time Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, along with their partner, Microsoft, have mutually agreed to postpone making a feature film based on the Halo video game universe until we can fulfill the promise we made to millions of Halo fans throughout the world that we would settle for no less than bringing a first class film to the big screen. We are fully supportive of Director Neill Blomkamp's vision of the film. Neill is a tremendously gifted filmmaker and his preliminary work on Halo is truly awe-inspiring. While it will undoubtedly take a little longer for Halo to reach the big screen, we are confident that the final feature film will be well worth the wait." You'll be happy to know even if a Jackson-inspired Halo isn't coming our way, at least we can look forward to another Street Fighter movie.
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  • Let's face it (Score:4, Insightful)

    by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Tuesday October 31, 2006 @10:13AM (#16656897)
    Speaking as a film fan, let me say that this is for the best. Video game movies generally suck. It's just not a medium that translates well to film. In spite of all the "Master Chief RULZ!!" sentiment among fans, the fact remains that the Master Chief is a faceless entity in the video games (and, likely, would make a terrible film character).

    And, yes, I realize he is "fleshed out" in the novels. But the novels are pulp crap. In the novels, he goes from a 0-dimensional character to a 1-dimensional character. That's not even nearly enough to make an interesting film.

    It would be difficult, if not impossible, to make a film that stayed true to the videogame (to make the fans happy), was commercially successful enough to justify its high budget (to make the studio happy), and had well-developed characters and an interesting plot (to make the critics happy). That's why so many studios have passed on it.


  • Re:Let's face it (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 31, 2006 @11:04AM (#16657653)
    If you've seen Blomkamp's "Alive in Joburg" short you might think differently.

Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work. -- John G. Pollard