Movies based on computer games have a somewhat less than stellar history. So it is with some trepidation that we discover the reality of a Halo movie in production. Sure, as a space-opera fanboy, I can totally dig the idea of a movie filled with Gregorian chant music and huge long-shots of epic alien artifacts. However the scope for, how should I say, shitification of a game-movie conversion is infinite.
Let’s assume that you are Universal Studios, and you’ve been handed Halo on a plate, and you’d prefer not to make a crap movie (although god knows, sometimes I’d swear studios prefer the complete opposite). Who do you get on board as executive producer? How about Sir1 Peter Jackson2? Not only does Peter Jackson (as executive producer) become the man that can basically tell the director what to do, you also get access to Weta studios. I’ll let the Bungie guys tell you how pants-wettingly excited they are about this:
Needless to say I and the rest of Bungie are positively incontinent (Marty especially). But what really knocks us on our asses is we’re also getting the combined talent of the mighty men and women of WETA in the bargain. From fabricating Covenant weapons to building life-sized Forerunner structures to accomplishing shot after shot of complex live-action/CG integration – simply put, there’s no group of people we’d rather have realize the Halo universe on screen.
Footnote 1: It’s only a matter of time surely?
Footnote 2: Are you aware that as a Gadgetophile reader, there are only two degrees of separation from you to Peter Jackson himself? You’re reading my writing. My sister (a New Zealand TV producer) has had dinner with Peter Jackson, and visited his house. I’m unsure if Mr Jackson has any direct relation to Kevin Bacon, but surely it’s only a degree or two further?