The quagmire that is the attempt to make a Halo movie got a little more interesting today.
Back in 2009, Steven Spielberg was supposedly “blown away” by a spec script from Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) based on the novel, Halo: The Fall of Reach.
Fast forward to today: Vulture reports that according to “insiders,” Spiels’ DreamWorks Pictures is “renewing its efforts to obtain the rights and revive the project.” What makes this attempt different than the failed Fox/Universal adaptation from 2006 is that DreamWorks is reportedly basing the movie on Halo novels. It’s an artful side step on the part of DreamWorks to avoid recouping Universal for the $12 million loss from the original project. Vulture explains that “by citing ‘different’ source material, DreamWorks preemptively neutralizes any attempt by Universal lawyers to demand that the new studio reimburse its $12 million in development costs.”
The other benefit is that it “appeases Microsoft” and shows that “DreamWorks takes the canon seriously.”
It’s all hearsay at the moment, but let’s hope that watching the drama surrounding the making of a Halo movie isn’t better than the movie itself.