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Neill Blomkamp On Why He Left The Halo Movie

20 August 2013 5:12 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

There's been a web video series called Halo: Forward Unto Dawn and Steven Spielberg has plans for a TV version, but despite everyone's best efforts, a feature film adaptation of the much-loved Halo gaming franchise has never happened. Even the power of Peter Jackson, District 9 (and Elysium's) Neill Blomkamp, Fox, Universal, Microsoft and scriptwriter Alex Garland couldn't bring it into existence, and now, speaking on the Empire Podcast, Blomkamp explains why he bowed out:"I haven’t been approached to do anything with [the new Halo TV show]. I still think the methodology in that world is cool. I just don’t know if I’m the right guy to do it. The problem for me with things like that is that essentially I want to be an artist, I want to be left alone to my own devices. The older I get, the more inheriting somebody else’s ideas becomes less appealing. »

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Steven Spielberg Producing Halo TV Series

21 May 2013 1:34 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

In the midst of the pomp and ceremony heralding the launch of the new Xbox One gaming console, Microsoft today dropped one nugget that will be of particular interest to fans of games, TV and Steven Spielberg: the company announced that the director will produce a new series based on the Halo games for Xbox Live.Few details for the series were announced beyond Spielberg’s presence and the collaboration with games makers 343 Industries. But however it comes to life, it’ll likely focus on the central character Master Chief and his battles against the evil Covenant.Of course, this is hardly the first time someone has tried to turn the game into another format: there is already the live-action web series Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, which saw cadets from Unsc's Corbulo Academy of Military Science, dealing with various crises (see the first chunk below).The game also »

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Steven Spielberg To Executive Produce 'Halo' TV Series For Xbox Live

21 May 2013 12:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Given that there's original content on streaming services Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix, it was only a matter of time before the game consoles got in on the action. Today during an overlong and somewhat confusing press conference for the new Xbox system (unimaginatively dubbed Xbox One,) it was announced that Steven Spielberg would be exec-producing an original television series for Xbox's Xbox Live streaming service based on the phenomenally popular series of "Halo" videogames. The series will be produced in conjunction with game studio 343 Studios. Way back in 2005, work began on a "Halo" feature film, originally written by "28 Days Later" scribe Alex Garland (and subsequently reworked by D.B. Weiss and Josh Olson, both in an effort to subdue the astronomical budget). The film was going to be a co-production between Fox and Universal, executive produced by Peter Jackson and directed by eventual "District 9" filmmaker Neil Blomkamp (he later »

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Steven Spielberg To Executive Produce 'Halo' TV Series For Xbox Live

21 May 2013 12:22 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Given that there's original content on streaming services Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix, it was only a matter of time before the game consoles got in on the action. Today during an overlong and somewhat confusing press conference for the new Xbox system (unimaginatively dubbed Xbox One,) it was announced that Steven Spielberg would be exec-producing an original television series for Xbox's Xbox Live streaming service based on the phenomenally popular series of "Halo" videogames. The series will be produced in conjunction with game studio 343 Studios. Way back in 2005, work began on a "Halo" feature film, originally written by "28 Days Later" scribe Alex Garland (and subsequently reworked by D.B. Weiss and Josh Olson, both in an effort to subdue the astronomical budget). The film was going to be a co-production between Fox and Universal, executive produced by Peter Jackson and directed by eventual "District 9" filmmaker Neil Blomkamp (he later »

- Drew Taylor

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Steven Spielberg Will Produce a 'Halo' TV Series for Xbox

21 May 2013 12:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

There was a well publicized attempt to bring Microsoft's incredibly successful sci-fi video game series "Halo" to the big screen a few years ago. Alex Garland ("The Beach") wrote a script, Peter Jackson was going to be the executive producer and Neill Blomkamp ("District 9") was signed on to direct. The project fell apart, though fans have continued to hold out hope of seeing Master Chief and the world of the game in film form. They may not be getting their wish, but it looks like they're going to get something close. At a press event in Redmond, Wa today, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One, the latest in its line of game consoles turned multipurpose media platform. And, in accordance with the evolution of the device, which now aims to be the "ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system," Microsoft revealed plans to begin rolling out original series. Read More: Why Everyone »

- Alison Willmore

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Steven Spielberg Will Produce a 'Halo' TV Series for Xbox

21 May 2013 12:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There was a well publicized attempt to bring Microsoft's incredibly successful sci-fi video game series "Halo" to the big screen a few years ago. Alex Garland ("The Beach") wrote a script, Peter Jackson was going to be the executive producer and Neill Blomkamp ("District 9") was signed on to direct. The project fell apart, though fans have continued to hold out hope of seeing Master Chief and the world of the game in film form. They may not be getting their wish, but it looks like they're going to get something close. At a press event in Redmond, Wa today, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One, the latest in its line of game consoles turned multipurpose media platform. And, in accordance with the evolution of the device, which now aims to be the "ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system," Microsoft revealed plans to begin rolling out original series. Read More: Why Everyone »

- Alison Willmore

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Gears of War Movie Project Rebooted with New Producer

30 April 2013 1:24 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

The Gears of War movie project has emerged from a multi-year hibernation to show signs of life.

Per Variety, Epic Games have teamed up with Bluegrass Films and producer Scott Stuber to start work on a Gears of War movie script. Stuber was selected after Epic Games courted multiple producers via meetings six months ago including Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Paramount's Transformers).

Bluegrass Films acquiring the rights to Gears of War is the first in several steps toward getting Dom, Marcus and the Cog gang up on the big screen. Stuber and Epic will now have to shop their idea for the film to studios in hopes of landing a distribution deal. Stuber already has a first look deal with Universal so that's one option, though by no means a certainly or the only path to cinemas the film might take.

Naturally at this early stage there is no writer, director »

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‘Ted’ Producer Attached To ‘Gears Of War’

29 April 2013 10:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Last October was the last time we heard any news on a possible Gears Of War movie. New Line had dropped out but video game company Epic had hired writer Stuart Beattie and were on the lookout for producers. Well, it appears they have now found that producer in the form of Scott Stuber. Stuber seems like an odd choice as he has most recently given us the comedies Ted and Identity Thief, and his last effort at a big sci-fi blockbuster was Battleship. Beattie seems to be no longer involved, as Stuber will be developing a script from scratch.

Gears Of War is a billion dollar franchise for the X-Box console. It sees a world taken over by The Locust Horde and humanities last attempt at destroying the pesky buggers. The film may have its producer, but it is yet to find a studio to call home. The film »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Gears Of War Movie Moves Forward with New Producer

29 April 2013 4:25 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Scott Stuber has signed on to produce the big screen adaptation of the hit video game franchise Gears of War. The movie is one step closer to actually becoming a reality. As of right now, there's no writer, director or any other talent attached to the project. However, Stuber will start developing the story with the video game's developer Epic Games. The film isn't set up at any studio yet either, but the producer has a first look deal with Universal Pictures

The project was previously set up at New Line Cinema with a script written by Stuart Beattie, and Len Wiseman (Total Recall) was set to direct it. Due to creative differences with Epic Games, the movie ended up not going into production.

Epic Games wants to keep an eye on the movie as it goes forward, making sure that the story stays in line with the mythology that »

- Joey Paur

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Scott Stuber Game for ‘Gears of War’ Movie (Exclusive)

29 April 2013 2:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s been a long time coming but the popular third-person shooter videogame “Gears of War” may be getting closer to a film adaptation.

Scott Stuber is coming on to produce and begin developing the script with  videogame’s creator, Epic Games.

The project has yet to attach talent, writer or distributor, although Stuber does have a first look deal with Universal. Both parties will begin taking it out to studios.

Like almost every major game property, “Gears of War” has had a long, tough road towards a film adaptation.

New Line picked up the rights in 2007, tasking Stuart Beattie to adapt the script and Len Wiseman to direct. When creative differences between the studio and Epic could not be reconciled, New Line let the property go and it has since been looking for a new home.

Six months ago Epic began taking meetings with producers to decide where the rights would land next. »

- Justin Kroll

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Ex Machina Marks Directorial Debut of Dredd 3D Writer Alex Garland

19 March 2013 12:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Dredd 3D screenwriter Alex Garland is set to make his directorial debut with the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina for DNA Films.

Alex Garland wrote the screenplay which centers on a billionaire programmer who chooses one of his young employees to spend a week at his lavish estate and test his latest creation: the world's first artificially intelligent female robot.

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing alongside DNA Films' Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich. Production is slated to begin in either the summer or fall on a $15 million budget. This project is unrelated to another project entitled Ex Machina, based on the Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris comic book about a superhero who becomes mayor of New York City.

Alex Garland wrote the novel that Danny Boyle's The Beach was based on, before making the transition to screenwriting. His other screenwriting credits include 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go. »

- MovieWeb

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“Jurassic Park 4″ Has A Director…But Can He Be Trusted?

14 March 2013 3:47 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Deadline says Jurassic Park 4 has a director… Is it…

A. J.J. Abrams

B. Uwe Boll

C. Ang Lee

D. A Wildcard

The answer is D. A wildcard. His name is Colin Trevorrow.

He made Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), which was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival. It reportedly had a budget of under a million (back in 1993, Jurassic Park had a budget of $63 million).

Safety Not Guaranteed is a good film! I saw it. It was funny. Good acting. Sentimental at parts.

Now he’s being trusted with a franchise close to the hearts of many of our readers.

There’s a lot of pressure for this movie to be good. Especially since many of us still don’t recognize that Jurassic Park III ever happened. By that logic, Trevorrow has to follow Steven Spielberg, who absolutely dropped the mic after making the original Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World. »

- Alex Corey

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New Pacific Rim Concept Art Debuts

18 February 2013 3:32 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Total Film released this epic new concept art for the upcoming sci-fi film “Pacific Rim” by director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy 3, Pinocchio, Pan’s Labyrinth) and starring Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Ron Perlman (Halo, Savage Mutts, Hellboy), Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World, No Good Deed, Luther), Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises, Red Lights), Charlie Day and Clifton Collins Jr. Synopsis: When an alien attack threatens the Earth’s existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace. Follow @Shockya on Twitter for the latest from Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim”.

The post New Pacific Rim Concept Art Debuts appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Brian Corder

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What is Bungie's Destiny?

13 February 2013 8:47 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Ryan Lambie Feb 14, 2013

As Bungie hints at an imminent information drop for its forthcoming Destiny, we take a look at what we know so far...

It's surely the dream of any videogame developer to cut through the static and capture's a generation's interest. And so it was that, after years of relatively low-key successes with such games as the Marathon Trilogy, Myth and Oni, Bungie finally scored its first major hit with Halo.

Launched just over a decade after Bungie's founding, the pre-release buzz surrounding Halo: Combat Evolved prompted Microsoft to acquire the studio in 2000. Microsoft knew it had an important game on its hands - one which could serve as the perfect introduction for its fledgling Xbox console, which had yet to prove itself in the autumn of 2001. The company's instincts were spot on; of the million copies sold in its first year, more than half of »

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Duncan Jones to direct 'World of Warcraft' film

31 January 2013 1:51 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

They say it can’t be done. That a great movie can’t be made from a popular video game. Andrzej Bartkowiak’s Doom proved disastrous. Mike Newell’s Prince of Persia was an expensive misfire. Peter Jackson’s Halo never got off the ground. But now the world’s biggest MMORPG (that’s massively multi-player online role-playing game for you n00bs) is getting an adaptation.

Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that Duncan Jones would direct a live-action World of Warcraft film, based on Blizzard Entertainment’s unbelievably successful gaming universe, which was launched in 2004 (ten years after the 1994 release »

- Grady Smith

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World of Warcraft: can Duncan Jones turn the video game into movie magic?

31 January 2013 9:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Source Code director could be just what this adaptation of the online fantasy game needs to be a surefire cinematic hit

Movies based on video games have always struggled to achieve a high score with critics. A quick look at the movie review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes tells us that the best-reviewed example of the form is 2001's Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within with a rating of just 44%. Below that, 2010's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time could manage only 40% despite the presence of Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead and director Mike Newell, and 2002's Resident Evil has just 34%. And these are the good ones.

Nevertheless, there is good news for hardcore gamers hoping to see their digital adventures played out on the big screen. A film based on Assassin's Creed is currently in the works with Michael Fassbender in the lead, and playwright – yes, playwright – Michael Lesslie working on the screenplay. »

- Ben Child

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5 Brilliant Directors Who Should Helm Video Game Adaptations

30 January 2013 2:57 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your favourite film director was hired to adapt your favourite video game to the big screen?  Maybe you would like to see Peter Jackson’s vision of Tomb Raider or Steven Spielberg’s take on Halo? As gaming grows in popularity, Hollywood is beginning to take notice in a way it hasn’t really before. The days of cashing in on well known game franchises are slowly coming to a halt as game developers can now compete with most summer blockbusters.

To put things into perspective, Black Ops 2 made more money in a weekend than The Dark Knight Rises made in its entire run in theatres. The sales for the franchise are now higher than the worldwide box office earnings for Harry Potter and Star Wars. With figures like that, it’s no wonder producers are taking an interest. In an ideal world, »

- Barry O Halloran

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Alternate Trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim

8 January 2013 2:33 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Watch the official CES trailer for the upcoming sci-fi film “Pacific Rim” by director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy 3, Pinocchio, Pan’s Labyrinth) and starring Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Ron Perlman (Halo, Savage Mutts, Hellboy), Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World, No Good Deed, Luther), Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises, Red Lights), Charlie Day and Clifton Collins Jr. Synopsis: When an alien attack threatens the Earth’s existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace. Follow @Shockya on Twitter for the latest from Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim”.

The post Alternate Trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Brian Corder

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