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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, 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
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)
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 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
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
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
Coming soon to a theater near you…or not.
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