Why We Don’t Need a Live Action Halo Feature Film

I am going to get airlocked for suggesting this, but do we really need a live-action Halo film? While it’s quite possible that the Peter Jackson produced/Neil Blomkamp directed film adaptations would have been very good, it’s also equally foreseeable that they may have ruined the franchise.
Any Halo film could do that.

On the other hand, why make a live-action Halo film when there have already been several fantastic shorts made?
I’m talking of course about those absolutely stunning short films (the so-called “trailers”) produced by microsoft and currently running on YouTube…

Haven’t seen them yet? Well check this baby out (and no, it’s not an advertisement for the marines):


This particular Halo trailer (an orgy of boyhood scifi buck rogers fantasy for gen x’ers) was directed by Rupert Sanders, an up-and-coming filmmaker who has landed his first Hollywood feature to direct Leo DiCaprio’s “The Low Dweller”.

The short owes everything to what has come before it; Star Wars, Terminator, Galactica, Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan, etc.

It’s Halo’s Apoclypse Now.

The song: “Light of Aidan – Lament” by Cafe del Mer, with lyrics in Welsh translate something to:

“– Music, Welsh translation
“We cheat Death from his rightful victory. No one can defeat us. We are glad to plunge feet first into Annwn (Hell) in the knowledge that we will rise.”…”

There is no doubt that the presentation of science fiction themed material has gone to a new level in recent years, and Battlestar Galactica was just on the bleeding edge of this trend.

Now even ‘commercials’ for video games are striving for something more than the cliches that the genre of science fiction was known for.

It’s all about presenting the same things in a new way.

While the idea of a Halo film is exciting, I think that we can be thankful and appreciate the beauty of these shorts.

I’m glad they exist.

By your command

1 comment for “Why We Don’t Need a Live Action Halo Feature Film

  1. Skynet
    September 1, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    I think it would be very possible to make a successful Halo film. Though I don’t like the idea of the human population being destroyed by something other than machines, the key to a successful Halo movie is not trying to remake one of the games. If you catch my drift.

    If we are going to take Halo off the console and bring it to the big screen there are two things that need to be done in order to insure it doesn’t end up in the graveyard with all the other games made into movies.

    1) Take is seriously. The games take themselves seriously and the movies should do the same.

    2) Most of us that would see the movie already know the story behind the Halo universe. So don’t try and remake the games or books into a movie. The story should be something fresh that still locks into the overarching plot of the Halo Universe.

    I already have an idea of what the first movie would be about. Master Chief is not even the main protagonist. Who is? The Arbitrer! But not the one that we are familiar with from the games. The first movie in the trilogy takes place before the initial attack on Harvest. As the Covenant are gearing up for their first assault on a human world they have identified an Arbitrer to lead the campaign. However in the days leading up to the attack he slowly discovers the lies of the prophets. The movie would open with him leading an attack on the prophets only to be betrayed and killed. The rest of the movie would be showing what happened up to that point. Kind of like an episode of BSG where they start with a scene and then show you how they got there throughout the rest of the episode.

    Once the Arbitrer is dead the prophets begin the assault on Harvest. We know what happens from there.

    I don’t know how people would react to a movie that was mostly concentrated on The Covenant but I think it would be a great first movie to a trilogy.

    Thoughts anyone?

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