Video game fans are well-aware that Halo 4 is hitting stores November 6. It’s the gaming equivalent of The Dark Knight Rises or The Avengers being released: a guaranteed blockbuster with huge, mass appeal across multiple mediums. The difference is Halo 4 will probably gross more because it costs $60 a pop instead of $15. But unlike the standard practice of popular movies being turned into video games, popular video games don’t always get turned into movies. Halo in particular has a long, storied history of  filmmakers trying to make it to the big screen. To date, it hasn’t happened.

Today, we get a huge live-action version of Halo in commercial form. Oscar-nominated director David Fincher has produced a TV spot for the game, directed by Tim Miller, the creative director of Blur Studios, who helped Fincher on the title sequence to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It the latest in a long history of Halo commercials getting a Hollywood upgrade.

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I’m not sure we’ll ever get a live-action movie adaptation of Halo, but the advertising world has been doing a good job of showing us what it could look like. Neill Blomkamp (District 9) was the first to realize the game in live action in a short film which also served as a test for a Halo movie that never got made. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and The Huntsman) directed a spot for Halo 3 and more recently Halo 3: ODST. Israeli commercial director Noam Murro (Smart People) did some spots for Halo: Reach.

At E3 2012, Microsoft revealed a new must-see live-action Halo trailer for Halo 4 directed by Danish commercial director and former photo journalist Nicolai Fuglsig.

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Add another popular video game to the slowly growing list of games getting the online, live action treatment. Last week, Machinima premiered the first episode of their new Mortal Kombat series Mortal Kombat Legacy and the second episode is now online. The same site also released the first official look at footage from Operation Chastity, a Halo-themed live action film being made by Halo fans for Halo fans. Watch both videos, see some concept art and read more after the jump. Read More »


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DreamWorks Wants To Make The ‘Halo’ Movie

Halo: Reach, the latest game in the hugely successful Microsoft video game franchise, might have done what some of the biggest studios in Hollywood could not: once again breath life into a Halo movie. The game, which made $200 million in its first day, has rejuvenated interest in a franchise whose insider back story is more interesting and vicious than anything Master Chief has ever encountered. Though it had been rumored in the past, reportedly DreamWorks is now “renewing its efforts to obtain the rights and revive the project.” And their solution to get around all the red tape created by five years of development hell? Adapt the Halo video game novelizations. Hit the jump for more. Read More »

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There hasn’t been much movement on a Halo movie of late—not since G.I. Joe screenwriter Stuart Beattie was revealed to have written a spec script for the film a couple of years back. Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) was supposed to helm the project at one point, but those plans fell through due to its escalating budget. Since then though, the Halo franchise has more than proven its financial viability—Halo 3 sold over $170 million worth in copies within 24 hours of release—but now Blomkamp has no desire to return, even if granted the opportunity to do so.

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Want to get another glimpse at what a big screen Halo movie could look like? Microsoft has released a new live-action trailer for the video game Halo: Reach, the second spot directed by 49-year old Israeli commercial director Noam Murro, who in 2008 made his feature film debut with the indie dramedy Smart People. The first trailer in the series was released in April, and was titled “Birth of a Spartan”, also directed by Murro. I have included that after the jump as well.

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Rupert Sanders’s Halo 3: ODST Commercial


Want to get another glimpse at what a big screen Halo movie could look like? Microsoft released a new trailer for the Halo 3: ODST game for the Xbox 360, and it is a live-action production. Directed by Rupert Sanders, a commercial director who was awarded with 2 Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival 2008, nominated for best DGA director in 2006 and 2008, but probably best known to the average Joe as the guy responsible for the Halo 3 Believe , X Box: Joy and that ad. You might remember that we previously featured his first-person POV commercial for the video game of X-Men Origins: Wolverine on the site.

Rupert is currently developing feature projects with Warner Brothers and Working Title including the remake of The Wild Geese and Warrior. Last month the Hollywood trades reported that he was in talks to direct The Low Dweller, a “dark ex-con drama” that Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott are producing.

Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Tom Cruise and Peter Jackson Take a Meeting


The occasional “take a meeting’ report pops up, and the story is always the same. Movie player A sits down with movie player B in what we assume is some official manner, none of us onlookers really knows why they’re meeting and therefore, wild speculation ensues. They’re interesting stories, I think, and not because a number of them later translate into something more concrete but because a good deal of them don’t. It’s like a tiny tear has opened in space-time and we’ve caught a glimpse at a never-was bizzaro world, a collaboration that never happened.

Movie player A in this case is Tom Cruise and B is Peter Jackson. Is there really nothing else we know about why they might be meeting? Well… not quite nothing.

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Tintin buddies Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg might soon be swapping more than spit performance capture data, with IESB reporting that ET’s daddy might be picking up the producing reigns on Halo some years after Jackson laid them down.

They cite ” studio executives” and “close ties to CAA” as offering confirmation that Spielberg is “currently in active negotiations to develop the feature film adaptation”. But why? What can he see in it that Jackson could not?

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