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Halo The Movie Will It Finally Happen?

Michael Cornish By Michael Cornish on
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Some movies just beg to be made. Some practically seem to write themselves. Halo is one of these movies.

Halo, one of the Xbox's most popular game series, has a story that needs to be told. It is one of desperation, courage, defeat, victory, and much more. To summarize Halo is to not do it justice. As of now, this story has been told through a series of video games (6 to be exact) and many novels. The main events center around a superhuman hero known as John-117, or more commonly Master Chief, during the first three games is the series. An advanced alien race who call themselves the Covenant are on a religious rampage, determined to destroy all humans. The responsibility of saving our race falls on the strong shoulders John and the seemingly limitless mind of his sassy artificial intelligence companion, Cortana.

It has been made clear multiple times that a Halo movie could be visually fantastic. Bungie Studios (the creators of the Halo series) provided the first piece of evidence in 2007 when they, in collaboration with Neill Blomkamp, WETA Workshop, and Origami Digital LLC, released Halo: Arms Race, a short live-action/CGI video. Many fans speculated that this indicated the beginning of a Halo movie. Unfortunately, one did not follow. Since then, Bungie has released a number of other realistic Halo videos in the form of trailers and advertisements. Each one is brilliant, leaving fans wanting more. They are begging for a Halo movie.

The Halo fan base let out a collective roar of joy when it was speculated that Peter Jackson was to produce a Halo movie to be released in 2009. This dream came tumbling down, however, when it was announced that Peter Jackson would instead be producing District 9. Halo the Movie was left out in the cold.

Now hopes are being reignited. Frank O' Connor of 343 Industries (the owners of the Halo intellectual property) has been quoted telling the New York Videogame Critics Circle, "There will be a Halo movie. Everyone wanted to do a Halo movie -- the directors, Microsoft, the highest placed people at movie companies." Finally! Confirmation! Though it is a bit disheartening that Mr. O'Connor provided no additional information (i.e. a date or director), it is good to hear this news from a reliable source. Now the waiting game begins. Who wants to play some Halo?