Halo fans dreaming of watching the Master Chief wade through wave after wave of Covenant forces may finally get their wish.



Legendary film maker and avid gamer, Uwe Boll, has been tapped by Microsoft to rekindle the stalled effort to finally transition Halo to the big screen. As most fans of the series that has truly amassed a cult like following of epic proportions are probably aware, a Halo movie was originally planned to be developed and released under 20th Century Fox and produced by none other than Peter Jackson. After years of obstacles and set backs the project really was dead in the water before production ever even began. Failed negotiations between the cast and crew eventually led to the filmmakers picking up their toys and going home, leaving Microsoft once again in control of the movie rights.



In a stunning turn of events, Microsoft has completely walked away from all previous negotiations and branched out in a totally new and completely unexpected direction - they have employed one of the brightest and most talented stars in the industry and granted him total creative rights to the film.




Uwe Boll.



Uwe Boll, born June 22, 1965, is a German independent film director, producer and screenwriter. The films he works on are often adapted from video games. He finances his own films through his Boll KG production company.



Boll does not shy away from his critics. In the Alone in the Dark DVD commentary, he responds to criticism that his adaptations make significant changes to the plot and style of the source material: "Fans are always totally flipping out and I understand that the fan of a video game has his own agenda in his head and has his ideas about what is a good movie and what is a bad movie." Referring to House of the Dead, Boll said: "I think I made a perfect House of the Dead movie, because it really shows how the game is. It's a lot of fun, its over-the-top action."



A partial list of some of his movie adaptations of video games...perhaps you have seen some of these classics.



House of the Dead (2003)

Postal (2007)

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)

Far Cry (2008)

Alone in the Dark (2005)

Alone in the Dark II (2008)

BloodRayne (2005)

BloodRayne II: Deliverance (2007)



Uwe Boll was in the middle of producing two new titles when he got the call from Microsoft executives with the Halo offer. Apparently Boll wasn't too surprised that he was finally approached to produce Halo and was quoted as saying, "It's about f'ing time. I thought I was going to have to go 12 rounds in the ring with Billy Gates to finally get a shot at this. The biggest producer and the biggest game, it’s a match made in Heaven.  I've got an idea or two for Halo."



While it’s too early to speculate on casts and storyline, a source close to Boll who wasn’t at liberty to discuss the negotiations indicated that a possible title could be “The Spartans Strike Back” or possibly “Return of the Spartans” and that they were looking for a very tall stocky man (looks not an issue) to play the heroic Master Chief.. Rumor has it uber-geek and Fanboys actress, Kristen Bell, was picked to play Cortana, though she hasn’t accepted the audition at this time.


Mr. Boll could not be reached for comment and his agent wasn't sure if work would be postponed on the 2 films that Boll was currently working on.



For those interested, these movies are:



BloodRayne 3: The Third Reich - Rayne fights against the Nazis in Europe during World War II, encountering Ekart Brand, a Nazi leader whose target is to inject Adolf Hitler with Rayne's blood in an attempt to transform him into a dhampir and attain immortality.



Zombie Massacre - Producer Ben Krotin said during a press conference, "In essence, Zombie Massacre is a cross between the games Crazy Taxi and House of the Dead, with a pinch of Blast Corps, thrown in for taste." Boll wants Zombie Massacre to have more in common with the creepy 28 Days Later than the campy House of the Dead, however he does not have the film talent to do such a task. Uwe Boll is hoping for this movie to be done by the end of 2010.



It's ironic, how way back in 2008, Boll made a bid to direct the upcoming Warcraft movie, but was turned away by the owners of the Warcraft franchise, Activision Blizzard. “I got in contact with Paul Sams of Blizzard, and he said, ‘We will not sell the movie rights, not to you…especially not to you. Because it’s such a big online game success, maybe a bad movie would destroy that ongoing income, what the company has with it.”



Turned away by Blizzard, but picked up my Microsoft.



One man's trash in another man's treasure.



Now we wait and see which category Halo: The Movie falls into.



Coming soon to a theater near you…or not.


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