Halo

A few years back, fans’ hearts were crushed when Neill Blomkamp parted ways with Halo. Before he made District 9, the director did a series of Halo short films and was working on a film adaptation with producer Peter Jackson. For numerous reasons, the project fell apart and fans were left thinking they’d never get to see Blomkamp’s vision of Master Chief.

Since then studios have tried and failed to make a Halo movie with Microsoft. Then, last year, plans for a Halo TV show were revealed, with Steven Spielberg set to produce. It was the closest thing to a film fans were going to get, as Microsoft said it didn’t want to make a movie. Now, things have  come full circle as a report says none other than Blomkamp will direct the pilot episode of the show. Read More »

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Daniel Espinosa Eyed to Direct ‘Assassin’s Creed’

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Sony’s Assassin’s Creed adaptation got off to a pretty good start, snagging the white-hot Michael Fassbender to produce and star all the way back in 2012. Now it may be taking another big step forward with a new director.

Although nothing is confirmed at this point, a new report indicates that Daniel Espinosa is the top pick to take over at the helm. The Swedish director is known for his Joel Kinnaman thriller Snabba Cash (a.k.a. Easy Money) and the Denzel Washington / Ryan Reynolds actioner Safe House. More details after the jump.

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Microsoft Says There Are No Plans for a ‘Halo’ Movie

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Briefly: The biggest rumor of the week came courtesy of a Production Weekly report saying that Ridley Scott would be producing a big-screen Halo film. Details included that it would exist independently of Steven Spielberg’s show set to air on Xbox Live, and that Paul Scheuring (Prison Break) will script.

But Microsoft says it’s all bunk. The company released a statement to Eurogamer that reads:

The Halo franchise encompasses many elements, including games, action figures, novels and more. As always, we have many projects in the works that offer us the opportunity to bring in new audiences to the franchise, as we did in the past with Halo Legends and Halo: Forward Unto Dawn. We plan to continue telling the Halo story through innovative channels, but there are no plans for a Halo motion picture at this time.

The notion of Scott and Spielberg going head to head in a producer capacity with material like Halo may have been interesting, even if it didn’t seem very likely. Let’s hope the show that does air on Xbox Live will be more, say, Battlestar Galactica than a TV expansion such as Agents of SHIELD.

Carrie

When we first reported on the Naked Gun reboot, we wrote that star Ed Helms was “the new Leslie Nielsen.” As it turns out, that’s not quite accurate. Hit the jump to find out the relation between Helms’ character and Nielsen’s. Also:

  • The Tekken prequel gets a title and a star
  • Brad Fuller offers plot details on The Purge 2
  • … and hints at a Jason-free Friday the 13th
  • … and shuts down those TMNT alien rumors
  • Kimberly Peirce doesn’t want more Carrie movies
  • Ron Howard confirms Chris Pratt for Jurassic World
  • Watch the A Haunted House 2 trailer at your own risk
  • HBO is already working on the Normal Heart sequel

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Rupert Friend Homeland

Before his death, Paul Walker was planning on going from Fast and Furious 7 to Agent 47. That film, originally thought to be a reboot of the video game adaptation Hitman, is in fact a sequel. Sequel or reboot though, Walker’s death left commercial director Aleksander Bach without a star.

Enter Rupert Friend, who has been seen on the last two seasons of Homeland as CIA Agent Peter Quinn. He’s now signed to replace Walker in the title role of a bald, elite assassin. Read More »

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We don’t cover a lot of games here, but when one cuts back to the heart of one of our favorite movies, it’s difficult to resist. Almost all of the games derived from the Alien series of films have been action-oriented, but the upcoming Alien: Isolation, for PC, Xbox One and PS4, is (finally!) a survival-horror take on the storyline. Developed over the past three years by Creative Assembly, this looks very much like a deliberate attempt to fix many of the shortcomings of previous games.

Upping the ante, this one is more directly related to Alien and Aliens than many of the prior games, as it features the daughter of Ellen Ripley as the main playable character. Read More »

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We know there’s big stuff coming from Microsoft’s division that is programming content exclusive to the Xbox Live platform, such as the Halo series with involvement from Steven Spielberg. But the first official announcement of exclusive content is a lot smaller — which doesn’t mean less interesting.

A new company called Lightbox has announced a “series of films for Xbox Entertainment Studios about the start of the digital revolution,” and the first release in the series will be a documentary about the story of Atari’s reported burial of millions of copies of the critically-savaged and commercially ignored E.T. video game. Read More »

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This edition of Star Wars Bits is all about the visuals. There’s art, video games, and the jawline of Benedict Cumberbatch. Below read about the following.

  • A new Disney Interactive Star Wars game, Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, will be released online in early 2014. Watch a trailer below.
  • The full demo for Star Wars 1313 is now online.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch continues to joke about wanting to be in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • A Seattle art gallery has a full Star Wars exhibit.
  • Check out how two different artists portrayed the original trilogy in very different ways including arcade games.

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