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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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  • by gEvil (beta) ( 945888 ) on Tuesday October 31, 2006 @10:04AM (#16656795)
    I heard the Halo movie will be released alongside Duke Nukem Forever: The Movie.
    • Hey, be careful! Duke Nukem Forever actually shows up on the BestBuy page... so if it actually will see the light of the day sometimes soon, then the best part of that joke is over soon :-)
  • Another street fighter movie? While we are at it lets make another Super Mario Brothers and Wing Commander.
    • Forget Super Mario and Wing Commander, there are some classic franchises that NEED to be brought to the silver screen...I don't know about you, but I'd pay $10 to see Tetris: The Movie or Dig Dug: Forever
      • Forget Super Mario and Wing Commander, there are some classic franchises that NEED to be brought to the silver screen...I don't know about you, but I'd pay $10 to see Tetris: The Movie or Dig Dug: Forever

        Movie posters kindly provided by Something awful [].
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by elrous0 ( 869638 ) *
      I just hope Uwe Boll is available to direct


    • Well personally i actually liked the wing commander movie, although the acting in FMVs for the game was probably better. I still liked it a heck of a lot more then street fighter, also there really weren't any other sf flicks at the theaters during that time (well i mean during those few short weeks, or maybe not).
      • I think Wing Commander had great potential to be a good movie. There was already a close to movie quality story going on in WC2. Yet, Chris Roberts opted to start with WC1, a great game but a relatively weak storyline to WC2. Yeah, it might have been a little hokey trying to bring everyone up to speed with the characters, but it could have been done.

        The only video game movie that I would say is good is Silent Hill. It could have been better, but overall I was satisfied, and I am a big fan of the games
    • The Variety article: ategoryid=13&cs=1 []

      Note it hasn't yet been picked up by a studio, so this could be a straight-to-video release if we're lucky.
      • by rk ( 6314 ) *

        "so this could be a straight-to-video release if we're lucky."

        And if we're very lucky, perhaps the container ship bringing the disks to North America will sink in a typhoon.

    • "Another street fighter movie?"

      If they can make the movie more like the 1994/95 classic, except with more professional writing, but keep the same excitement and awesome fights, then they might have a good chance at making it decent. ovie/dp/1573306886/sr=1-3/qid=1162312713/ref=pd_bb s_3/002-8879132-9336042?ie=UTF8&s=dvd []
    • If Chris Roberts had kept true to the game and not decide to remake his own history the movie would've turned out a lot better. I think the newer Battlestar Galactica is the movie that Wing Commmander wanted to be, and should have been.
  • Nooooooooooooooo! Now see, I've reminded myself of the end to Episode III... Thanks... Thanks a lot.
  • Raul Julia as M. Bison, Van Damme and Kylie Minogue, well ... Maybe I'm suspicious because I was both a teenager and addicted in the video game. The best quote in the movie in my opinion:

    Zangief: General Bison is a bad guy? If you know then why do you work for him?
    Dee Jay: Because he paid me a freakin fortune, Man! If you know what's good for you you'll save your own ass!
    Zangief: got paid?
  • 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.


    • "Video game movies generally suck." I couldn't agree more. I caught the last 30 minutes of DOOM on one of the movie channels a week or two ago. Going in and out of first person perspective was disorienting and pointless. I really hope they just stop making video game movies.
      • I don't know, man. I still see much re-watchability in the Tomb Raider [] movies. But I'm a guy ...
      • by Raenex ( 947668 )

        Doom was actually an ok movie, given low expectations. The presentation was pretty slick, and with decent acting. As for the first-person thing, yeah it was gimmicky, but it was a nice tribute to the game. You can't catch the last 30 minutes of a movie and critique it. There's no emotional investment.

        I also enjoyed Resident Evil II. Beautiful cinematography. The actress was nice eye candy too (Milla Jovovich, the chick from the 5th Element). Cheesy as hell, but good fun.

    • by jasenj1 ( 575309 )
      While I have no idea what they're doing with the movie, haven't read the books, have played the games - how about this for an idea:
      Focus on what went on elsewhere while MC was out kicking butt. What was Sarge up to? Build on the internal power struggles amongst the aliens. There's a lot more material to work with than just "MC runs around and shoots things". Assume the target audience knows that and work it in peripherally.

      - Jasen.
      • Well there is some backstory like this cropping up. The novels, graphic novel that was out a while back, all of them added to the story. Well actually halo 2 showed much about the covenant and their society. Heck even ilovebees added to the backstory of halo with the audio file story that went out. Ok its true master chief is a bit of a dull character, because he is the main character and making his character extremely detailed would bog down the game, heck we know less about Gordon then we do about master
      • by jafac ( 1449 )
        Actually - I was thinking that Sarge would make a good main character. (Samuel L Jackson?)
        A look at the Halo world through a different viewpoint might yield a refreshing perspective.
        Plus - Sarge is clearly privy to more "classified" info than the MC is.
        • yeah, he was privy to enough info to get him off of the Pillar of Autumn in one piece!!! Screw hotblasting the fusion reactors then dramatically hopping on the last transport out of there, he took the easy way!

          Seriously though, the halo universe is quite detailed and there are plenty of bigscreen movieable backstories, and I think most of the naysayers have just written it off as another sci-fi shooter. I think the vast majority of video game movies have sucked simply because the focus was never on plot de
    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      If you've seen Blomkamp's "Alive in Joburg" short you might think differently.
  • Great! (Score:5, Funny)

    by LarsWestergren ( 9033 ) on Tuesday October 31, 2006 @10:13AM (#16656905) Homepage Journal
    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.

    So the sex was postponed, but at least we got the syphilis? Awesome! Thank you, Hollywood!
  • Not being a Halo fan I am moderatly intrested in the Street Fighter movie, if it's all about being able to drink beer whilst in my favourite lounger like the first movie was, it's okay in my book.
  • Any word yet on how many Bison Dollars it'll cost to make?
  • Any status on the Sonic Movie []?
  • Also under consideration is the movie's title. Options being debated include "Longhalo" and "Halo Vista."
  • Has there ever been a game movie that has done well in the theaters? I sure cannot think of one. It seems like a lesson should have been learned by now...
    • by payndz ( 589033 )
      Has there ever been a game movie that has done well in the theaters? I sure cannot think of one. It seems like a lesson should have been learned by now...

      Tomb Raider did $274,644,183 in cinemas worldwide (source: on a $94m budget, so not a bad return on investment.
    • Mortal Kombat [] proved that a movie based on a video game could be successful.
      • Which they ruined with a really bad sequel... the first one was great mindless fun...

        I was expecting about an hour and a half of wire-fu fighting going in, and I got it. No big plots, just lots of fighting...

        And as I remember, one of the few times every male (geek) in the audience cheered when someone got nutted (when Johnny Cage did his splits/groin punch to Goro)...


        "You boys are as cute as a couple of lost golf balls . . . how in the world do you do it?" -- The High Window (Chapter 23)

  • by bigdavex ( 155746 ) on Tuesday October 31, 2006 @10:39AM (#16657245)
    "What happened to doing the Hobbit?" I wondered. And Wikipedia answered []:

    Much speculation has occurred as to whether Jackson might direct a film of The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings. His comments to date seem to indicate that he is interested, if the studios can work out the rights. Late in 2004 it appeared unlikely, as MGM (the studio which holds the rights to The Hobbit) was sold to Sony in the race with Warner Bros. In December of 2004, Jackson said that production on The Hobbit could be as much as four years away,[8] which would place a likely release date in 2010. In September 2006, MGM indicated that they intended to approach Peter Jackson to direct the film in the next few years.[9]

  • I've always thought that some story-intensive games might make good movies. Games like Halo, Doom, and Mario just don't have a dynamic enough plot. But you might be able to do it with games like Deus Ex, or Metal Gear (which has enough cut scenes that it might as well be a movie).

    Important thing with those would be to stay true to the storyline, and don't try to bring video game elements into it (like when Doom would do first-person view, Resident Evil had a boss fight).

    A movie where Solid Snake and a par
  • Most people would have thought that a Halo movie would suck donkey dick, and cancelled any such waste of money. Glad to see Peter has come around to that conclusion.

    Now make the Hobbit dammit.

  • Apart from Tomb Raider, which appeared to do quite well, I do not know of ANY movie-cum-game that has done very well. Doom the movie sucked @$$, as did the previous Street Fighter movies.

    I enjoyed Mario brothers, but then I was about ten years old when it came out, so that doesn't relaly count.

    Transferal from one medium to the other rarely works very well. Movies to games is more forgiving, but then it is easier than games to movies.

    • by jasenj1 ( 575309 )
      I enjoyed Mario brothers, but then I was about ten years old when it came out, so that doesn't relaly count.

      Actually, that counts quite a bit. I'm guessing that the target audience for Mario Brothers was kids that played the game. As an adult, sure the movie sucked, but to a kid it was good.

      And now for some complete random speculation I've pulled out of the air:
      Movie studios are notoriously conservative. They run the numbers seven different ways, flip them upside down, do it again. i.e. They try

  • Are they just calling it Street Fighter 2? Championship Edition? Turbo? Hyper Fighting? Alpha?
  • The only Game movies I have seen that werent compltele disasters were Mortal Kombat (the first one), Silent Hill and Resident Evil. Of those none were particularly good, just not as bad as they could have been. The best video game movies are the ones that were based on video games that didnt exist or ended up spawning video games based on them, Tron, Cloak & Daggar and The Last Starfighter come to mind.

    Why are the majority so bad? Why must every director put their "creative stamp" on things. Of cour
    • Street Fighter didn't kill Raul.

      Joan Cusack came back from the dead and was some how able to whisk away Christopher Lloyd FOREVER!
    • Rumor has it that the Street Fighter game is going to be based around Chun-Li which tells me the focus is less on fighting and more on T&A. That being the case wouldnt they have been better off going for Dead of Alive its more well known with the younger gamers and if far more of a T&A fest than Street Fighter

      I really hate to do this to you, so blissful and innocent, but....Dead or Alive The Movie [].

    • There already is a DoA movie in the works. And yes, it has beach volleyball. And yes, it looks god-fucking-awful. I don't care about the videogames at all, and it's bad enough that they're popular. But the movie really just makes me want to cry for future of humanity.
      • Come on! We all know that the only reason they keep pushing the release date of DOA off is so it can be in OSCAR Contention!!!! /sarcasm off
  • A friend and I used to deliberately go to see the worst movies playing, so of course we saw the first Street Fighter movie. He took his son, who was four or five at the time. At the end, he turned to his dad and asked: "Why did they call it Street Fighter if they're in the jungle all the time?"

    That pretty much sums up the movie in a sentence.

    So, I suppose the moral of the story is that they couldn't do any worse in a new version.
    • by rar ( 110454 )
      "Why did they call it Street Fighter if they're in the jungle all the time?"

      Kind of reminds me of my first impression of Uwe Boll's "Alone in the Dark". One of the first scenes shows the lead character hunting some kind of demon over a crowded square in broad daylight...
  • The fourth book in the Halo series came out today - and from what I hear it's excellent: n_image_1/002-2488787-3446424 []

  • Everyone assumes that the Halo movie would be terrible because all the recent movies based on video games have sucked. I can't fault the last part of that. But I must confess that before I saw The Fellowship of the Ring, I was 95% sure that it would suck because fantasy movies have sucked IMHO (maybe excepting Legend and the Dark Crystal--a strong maybe). Before Fellowship I would have said fantasy didn't translate well as a live-action medium. Now I recognize that there is great potential because of th
    • by crossmr ( 957846 )
      Fantasy movies often suck not because of being a live action medium, but because they are usually born of B-movie scripts with bad dialog, and cheesy special effects. Written properly with a proper budget to back the special effects and not choreographed by someone's retarted cousin, they would do fine.
  • About the only way I can see the Street Fighter movie succeeding is if they throw in a ton of special effects this time and actual give the fighter their special moves. Oh yeah, and keep Van Damage as far from it as possible.
  • SHIN...SHOR...RYU0...KEN!!!

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