Here's one potentially awesome rumor for the books: Steven Spielberg has shown an interest in a Halo movie.
IESB broke the news and is insisting it's all kosher -- without coming out and actually confirming anything. Think of it as a really big "maybe."
Story goes Spielberg laid eyes on Stuart Beattie's script, titled "Halo: The Fall of Reach" (after the novel) and was quite impressed with his work. Now CAA reps for Spielberg and Beattie are hard at work, negotating the terms and possibilities of an upcoming joint Halo project.
Beattie has told SciFi Wire that the Halo script he wrote "an amazing story about this child that no one cares about and who cares for no one else, who kind of ends up saving all of humanity."
In April 2008, the Latino Review posted a write-up describing the script in question. Guess Microsoft and Bungie didn't care at the time. Perhaps Spielberg's interest may pique theirs. Here is what was revealed on April 1, of all days:
The script is, first and foremost, a character-driven story about a soldier named John who was kidnapped or "conscripted" by the UNSC when he was just six years old, and then brutally trained to become an elite Spartan warrior known as Master Chief 117.
The script then takes us through the horrific first contact with the Covenant hordes on the doomed colony world of Harvest, and then climaxes with the spectacular fall of the UNSC forward base on Reach, during which every other Spartan is slaughtered.
The script also gives detailed outlines for the second movie, HALO: RISE OF THE FLOOD, which takes place entirely on the Halo ringworld, and the third and final movie, HALO: BATTLE FOR EARTH, which roughly follows the events of Halo 3, the game.
One cool advantage of this first script is that (like the shark in JAWS) you don't even see the Covenant until halfway through the movie. And because all the creatures are CGI creations, this cuts the budget down dramatically and makes a first Halo movie that much more viable. For Halo fans, it's like the prequel that provides all the answers to questions they've thought about for years. For non Halo fans, it's an exciting action movie that provides a clear, concise introduction to a world five hundred years in the future with relatable characters and a terrifying alien menace.
Stuart Beattie also co-wrote the recent G.I. Joe movie, if that's any indication of his work. Let's hope these "active negotiations" IESB spoke of amount to something great and doesn't fall into Michael Bay's hands.
We already know Spielberg is a fan of video games, fortified by his appearance at Microsoft's E3 2009 media briefing. And, according to actor Shia LeBeouf, the legendary director also digs BioShock.