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Thursday, October 18, 2012

There Should Totally Be a Halo Movie

Posted by on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 3:18 PM

We know, we know, Halo fans: the idea of a Halo movie has had plenty of false, fraught starts, with Peter Jackson, Neill Blomkamp, et al., failing to deliver. But after watching the second installment now of the new Halo 4 web series, it's hard not to hanker for more of this universe—whether that's a feature-length film or a full-fledged series.

The third installment of the Halo 4 web series comes out tomorrow (on Machinima's YouTube channel and Halo Waypoint)—and for what's basically an extended commercial for a video game, this series is surprisingly... competent. And even better: it's good. Especially the second episode.

This is the most money that Microsoft has ever spent on live action and it shows, with BSG-level production values and vibe, and a small-bore story from some workmen TV writers (a duo that worked on Smallville and Spartacus, after climbing the ladder on shows like Entourage and Carnivàle).

We're crossing our fingers it doesn't descend into weird Master Chief hagiography (John-117 will apparently make an appearance), but so far so good. Worth checking out, SF fans—or sci-fi, or SyFy, or whatever the hell it's called now. (Wow, first Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and now this. Is web-only video getting better before our eyes?)

The Stranger Testing Department is Rob Lightner and Paul Hughes.


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Looks better than 90% of action movies. At least.
Posted by Spike1382 on October 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 2
Huh, with some actual real actors. That boss guy looked familiar; the girl was from Narnia; the Chief's voice is really familiar.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on October 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
The guy who does Medea is in a rocking action flik.

Just saying.

Oh, and it turns out that APOE 4 impacts your ability to play Halo in your 70s and later. In addition to possibly giving you Alzheimer's. It's the whole visuospatial thing.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM · Report this
Matt Hickey 4
Could not agree more. The universe is totally filmable and the mythos is really, really interesting. They could pull it off even without Master Chief, really, but he's such a good character that they wouldn't dare.
Posted by Matt Hickey on October 18, 2012 at 5:24 PM · Report this
Sandiai 5
This looks really cool.
Posted by Sandiai on October 18, 2012 at 5:35 PM · Report this
Knat 6
Posted by Knat on October 18, 2012 at 6:35 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 7
Oh please Dear GOD don't let them turn HALO into a Hetero love story.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on October 18, 2012 at 11:22 PM · Report this
Apocynum 8
This isn't the first time they've done something cool to prep for a Halo movie, either. Way back at the beginning of Halo 2, they had the I Love Bees event, which was really the first mainstream Alternate Reality Game (it is now a played-out tradition).

A central component of the I Love Bees game was the audioplay that came with it. It's still around, and still excellent, if cheesily voice-acted in parts:…
Posted by Apocynum on October 19, 2012 at 8:21 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 9
Hey, I know!

Let's do Halo 5: The Cloud Atlas Episodes!

(by the way, I enjoyed the action sequences in Cloud Atlas)
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM · Report this
And wow, right on cue, another great example of the Halo universe realized with suitable skill and budget:…

It premiered on Jimmy Fallon's show last night, and was produced by David Fincher (the director of Fight Club and The Social Network) and directed by Tim Miller (who did the visual effects for Scott Pilgrim).
Posted by The Stranger Testing Department on October 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 11
thanks for the link!
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 19, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this

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