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Posted: 8/25/2005 12:14:36 PM EDT
Let the suckage begin...

www.theregister.co.uk/2005/08/25/xbox_hollywood/

Microsoft goes Hollywood with 'Halo' film deal

By Gavin Clarke in San Francisco
Published Thursday 25th August 2005 19:30 GMT


Microsoft has a new deal with Hollywood and, no, it's not to use Windows digital rights management (DRM) capabilities to prevent illegal copying of films.

Microsoft's popular Halo Xbox game is going from the TV screen to the big screen, after two studios agreed to produce a film featuring the game's cyborg hero Master Chief. The film is slated to appear in the summer of 2007.

Halo is the latest computer game, or game character, to be picked up by Hollywood, following Final Fantasy, Resident Evil and Laura Croft.

Microsoft has apparently been shopping the idea around Hollywood for a Halo movie for some time now, having gone as far as to develop its own draft script. The draft, an attempt by Microsoft to retain control over the Halo franchise and no doubt develop all those juicy game-related tie in's in the inevitable Halo 3, was written by Alex Garland who penned The Beach and 28 Days Later.

Universal Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox are reported to have agreed to pay Microsoft $5m plus a percentage of ticket sales capped at 10 per cent of the domestic box office. They reportedly haggled Microsoft down from $15m plus 15 per cent.

The film's producer is Columbia Pictures' former president Peter Schlessel, who captained Spiderman, Charlie's Angels 2 and Something's Gotta Give.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:16:07 PM EDT
No one is cool enough to play the Master Chief.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:24:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
No one is cool enough to play the Master Chief.



that's easy. don't let the Master Chief say anything.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:25:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
No one is cool enough to play the Master Chief.



Who would be in contention?

Bruce Willis is the only one that I can think of at this time to even come close to pulling it off.

Vinn Diesel? Maybe
Pitt? NFW
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:28:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/25/2005 12:29:13 PM EDT by BlackDog714]

Originally Posted By grywlf52:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
No one is cool enough to play the Master Chief.



Who would be in contention?

Bruce Willis is the only one that I can think of at this time to even come close to pulling it off.

Vinn Diesel? Maybe
Pitt? NFW



Samuel L Jackson... English Motherfucker. Do you speak it?

I just hope they dont try and do the FPS like they did with Doom
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:40:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By hk940:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
No one is cool enough to play the Master Chief.



that's easy. don't let the Master Chief say anything.


Part of what's so cool about the Master Chief is that gritty voice he has. It's essential.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:41:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:

Originally Posted By hk940:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
No one is cool enough to play the Master Chief.



that's easy. don't let the Master Chief say anything.


Part of what's so cool about the Master Chief is that gritty voice he has. It's essential.



What about Michael Ironside?
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:42:28 PM EDT
What do you mean the Halo movie is just getting started? I've already seen the DVD.

rvb.roosterteeth.com/home.php
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:42:30 PM EDT
A younger Clint Eastwood would be cool.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:43:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By purplecheese:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
Part of what's so cool about the Master Chief is that gritty voice he has. It's essential.



What about Michael Ironside?


Dunno him.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:43:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BlackDog714:

Originally Posted By grywlf52:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
No one is cool enough to play the Master Chief.



Who would be in contention?

Bruce Willis is the only one that I can think of at this time to even come close to pulling it off.

Vinn Diesel? Maybe
Pitt? NFW



Samuel L Jackson... English Motherfucker. Do you speak it?

I just hope they dont try and do the FPS like they did with Doom



WTF? Or is this your choice?
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:44:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/25/2005 12:44:37 PM EDT by kaizoku]
As if Halo 2 didn't suck enough, now they're making a movie?!

Edited because I cun't speel
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:44:43 PM EDT
DAMN IT!

DOOM, Halo, Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat....

Goddamn it, movies fuck up my love of a game title!

Next thing will be Half-Life: The Movie.

FUCK!
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:46:23 PM EDT
THE ROCK
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:46:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:

Originally Posted By purplecheese:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
Part of what's so cool about the Master Chief is that gritty voice he has. It's essential.



What about Michael Ironside?


Dunno him.



He did the voice for Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell and for Dark Side in the Superman Cartoon series.

www.imdb.com/name/nm0000461/
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:48:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By purplecheese:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:

Originally Posted By purplecheese:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
Part of what's so cool about the Master Chief is that gritty voice he has. It's essential.



What about Michael Ironside?


Dunno him.



He did the voice for Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell and for Dark Side in the Superman Cartoon series.

www.imdb.com/name/nm0000461/


Ah. Sam Fisher has a cool voice too.

My take on it is, if they're going to ruin it by making a movie, they should probably just the guy who already does the voice of Master Chief to walk around in the suit. Or they could pull a Darth Vadar and have him played by two different people.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:48:45 PM EDT
Sean Penn could pull it off if he could ditch the accent. but John Wayne would be the best.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:50:18 PM EDT
There's an old thread in the movies forum with some more gems. Link
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:50:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:

Originally Posted By purplecheese:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:

Originally Posted By purplecheese:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
Part of what's so cool about the Master Chief is that gritty voice he has. It's essential.



What about Michael Ironside?


Dunno him.



He did the voice for Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell and for Dark Side in the Superman Cartoon series.

www.imdb.com/name/nm0000461/


Ah. Sam Fisher has a cool voice too.

My take on it is, if they're going to ruin it by making a movie, they should probably just the guy who already does the voice of Master Chief to walk around in the suit. Or they could pull a Darth Vadar and have him played by two different people.



Didn't they switch the MC voice in Halo 2? Seemed like a totally different person v. Halo 1.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:53:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CSM:
Sean Penn could pull it off if he could ditch the accent.





Sean Penn is too much of a pinko socialist fuck to play any character.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:54:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By efpeter:

Originally Posted By CSM:
Sean Penn could pull it off if he could ditch the accent.





Sean Penn is too much of a pinko socialist fuck to play any character.



I don't keep track of their personal lives/opinions, he is just a good actor.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:57:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By purplecheese:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:

Originally Posted By purplecheese:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:

Originally Posted By purplecheese:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
Part of what's so cool about the Master Chief is that gritty voice he has. It's essential.



What about Michael Ironside?


Dunno him.



He did the voice for Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell and for Dark Side in the Superman Cartoon series.

www.imdb.com/name/nm0000461/


Ah. Sam Fisher has a cool voice too.

My take on it is, if they're going to ruin it by making a movie, they should probably just the guy who already does the voice of Master Chief to walk around in the suit. Or they could pull a Darth Vadar and have him played by two different people.



Didn't they switch the MC voice in Halo 2? Seemed like a totally different person v. Halo 1.



why not go 100% CGI on the suit.
i don't think they can pull off hard armor without it.
look at star ship troopers.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:57:30 PM EDT
Sean Penn's far too short. Vin Diesel and the Rock can stick to barfight movies. Samuel L. Jackson? Are you kidding?

Believe it or not, I was thinking along the lines of Tom Sizemore, provided he stops snorting the nose candy for long enough.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 12:57:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By purplecheese:
Didn't they switch the MC voice in Halo 2? Seemed like a totally different person v. Halo 1.



"upgrades"

But seriously.. it can not be The Rock, he's busy fucking up DOOM at the moment..

and for fuck's sake, DON'T LET MASTER CHIEF TAKE OFF THE HELMET! It's part of the character, so don't screw with it.

I like the idea of it being Michael Ironside, I liked him in Starship Troopers (regardless of how bad the movie was).
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 1:04:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CSM:

Originally Posted By efpeter:

Originally Posted By CSM:
Sean Penn could pull it off if he could ditch the accent.





Sean Penn is too much of a pinko socialist fuck to play any character.



I don't keep track of their personal lives/opinions, he is just a good actor.



Wasn't trying to bust on you. I just like to keep up on the news, and when an actor talks about how much better Iraq was with Saddam at the helm (etc. etc etc....), he ceases being an actor in my mind.
I can't "see" them as a character anymore. All I see on the screen is "blah...blah...blah... America sucks. blah...blah...blah... baby killers. blah...."
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 1:05:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By efpeter:

Originally Posted By CSM:

Originally Posted By efpeter:

Originally Posted By CSM:
Sean Penn could pull it off if he could ditch the accent.





Sean Penn is too much of a pinko socialist fuck to play any character.



I don't keep track of their personal lives/opinions, he is just a good actor.



Wasn't trying to bust on you. I just like to keep up on the news, and when an actor talks about how much better Iraq was with Saddam at the helm (etc. etc etc....), he ceases being an actor in my mind.
I can't "see" them as a character anymore. All I see on the screen is "blah...blah...blah... America sucks. blah...blah...blah... baby killers. blah...."



True. I just don't watch the news.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 1:07:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:

Originally Posted By purplecheese:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
Part of what's so cool about the Master Chief is that gritty voice he has. It's essential.



What about Michael Ironside?


Dunno him.



Top Gun!
Jester!


ah ha, Jester's dead!
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 1:13:04 PM EDT
I would pick Vin Diesil's voice but use Bruce Willis for any "no helmet" scenes.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 1:19:36 PM EDT
Remember Wilson from Home Improvement?
Never saw his face?
Do the same for the master chief.
If his helmet is off - use camera angles to conceal the face.
That is part of who he is - the anonymous soldier, doing his duty.
That is why he is called "Spartan 117" not "Jimmy Smith."
As far as who plays his body, I dont care - do it like Darth Vadar, dub in the voice later.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 1:25:27 PM EDT
If they wanted to be accurate they'd have to dub the voice and put Shaq in the suit. The Master Chief is 7 feet tall.



Digital
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 1:32:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Digitalpunk:
If they wanted to be accurate they'd have to dub the voice and put Shaq in the suit. The Master Chief is 7 feet tall.



Digital



+1

The "Vader treatment" is the way to go for this. Get the guy(s) that can do the "body work" and cast the voice talent separate.

Do NOT show the Master Chief's face under ANY circumstances!

Hmmm... I wonder what they're going to do for Cortana? I loved the actress that did the voice work for Halo (haven't played Halo 2). The chemistry between her and Master Chief was a big part of the fun of the game.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 2:42:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/25/2005 2:45:42 PM EDT by guns762]
I wonder what story line they would tell? From the beginning?...ie Halo? or from Halo 2 ?or after? One of the best parts of the game is the story. I hope they don't fuck it up. The script from the game is a very, very good story.

I would almost hope the whole thing will be computer generated graphics....no live actors.

+1 on the "Vader" treatment. Right at the beginning of Halo2 it shows the Chief putting his helmet back on....all you see is his shoulders. It adds so much to the game to not know what he looks like.

My boys went through the roof when I told them it will be a movie.

My six year old is getting way too good at this game. We play with highschool students that I teach, and he regularly kicks their butts; as does his older 11yr old brother. Many of my students leave feeling a little embarrassed after getting the shit kicked out of them by little guys.

We still have the most fun playing it on Legendary in co-op mode.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 2:45:00 PM EDT
If he's going to be a HALO character, it'll have to use the voice of Sarge in RedvsBlue.

"What in Sam Hell is a Puma?"

NTM
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 2:47:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:

Originally Posted By hk940:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
No one is cool enough to play the Master Chief.



that's easy. don't let the Master Chief say anything.


Part of what's so cool about the Master Chief is that gritty voice he has. It's essential.



david morse, perhaps?

ed harris' 2ndIC from "the rock"

daedalus from "the long kiss goodnight"

normal blockbuster casting would result in russell crowe.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 2:48:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By guns762:
I would almost hope the whole thing will be computer generated graphics....no live actors.


That's what I'm hoping. Midgets running around in grunt costumes will not work. They stuck to animation for the Final Fantasy movie, I hope they repeat that with Halo.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 2:55:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:

Originally Posted By guns762:
I would almost hope the whole thing will be computer generated graphics....no live actors.


That's what I'm hoping. Midgets running around in grunt costumes will not work. They stuck to animation for the Final Fantasy movie, I hope they repeat that with Halo.



Ewoks......?
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 2:59:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 3:00:38 PM EDT
I hope they dont screw the pooch on making realistic prop weapons for this. I mean its a first person shooter, thats half the fun!

+1 On Michael Ironsides

Sam Jackson can be the Gunnery Sergeat in the beginning and the one thats fighting hand to hand in the last sequence of the original Halo.

Who is going to be Cortana, has to some thats hot in holo form. Who should play Captain Keys?
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 3:02:10 PM EDT
When it comes out on DVD you could finally play Halo on the PS2...
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 3:02:20 PM EDT
www.imdb.com/name/nm1091994/

The only man for the job.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 3:05:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Manic_Moran:
If he's going to be a HALO character, it'll have to use the voice of Sarge in RedvsBlue.

"What in Sam Hell is a Puma?"

NTM



"Hey Griff, Chupathingy, how 'bout that? I like it, got a ring to it."
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 5:19:49 PM EDT
I can't believe no one has suggested Ahnold for the voiceover of Master Chief. Or James Earl Jones.

Agree, I think they shouldn't show MC's face. Not needed for this type of story.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 5:40:09 PM EDT
Things that wold keep the HALO movie from sucking:

CG only, no live action.

Original voice cast for the main characters, i.e. Master Chief (John, Spartan 117, whatever), Cortana, Sarge Johnson, etc.

Stick to the original game script. A lot of people who see the movie probably won't have played the games and will get confused if they're simply dropped into the plot somewhere in the middle. That'd be like getting someone started on Star Wars by showing them Return of the Jedi.

Don't let the guy who did Mortal Kombat come within fifty yards of the studio on threat of death. Sure, I enjoy the Mortal Kombat movie in the same perverse way I enjoy crushing cockroaches under my boots, but seriously: keep him the frick away.

Same goes for the Resident Evil guys. Again, I enjoyed the movies, but they're hardly up to HALO standards.

And now, geeks with more money that I've got!









w00t!
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 5:48:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CSM:

Originally Posted By efpeter:

Originally Posted By CSM:
Sean Penn could pull it off if he could ditch the accent.





Sean Penn is too much of a pinko socialist fuck to play any character.



I don't keep track of their personal lives/opinions, he is just a good actor.



His best role IMHO
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 6:02:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By WildBoar:

Originally Posted By CSM:

Originally Posted By efpeter:

Originally Posted By CSM:
Sean Penn could pull it off if he could ditch the accent.





Sean Penn is too much of a pinko socialist fuck to play any character.



I don't keep track of their personal lives/opinions, he is just a good actor.



His best role IMHO
www.netwalk.com/~truegger/ftrh/jeff_pub.jpg



Do I want to know why he has a bagel stuffed in his pants?
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 6:09:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By grywlf52:

Originally Posted By BlackDog714:


Samuel L Jackson... English Motherfucker. Do you speak it?

I just hope they dont try and do the FPS like they did with Doom



WTF? Or is this your choice?



Its my choice
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 6:13:51 PM EDT
Damn it. All this talk about Halo has got me wanting to play again but my desktop machine is in storage in prep for moving out.

Crap. Even my RvB discs are there too.

Guess I'll go over tomorrow and get those out.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 6:15:42 PM EDT
Are they still going to try to get Ridley Scott to direct?
Last I heard he said he wouldn't do it untill they had a good script.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 6:20:56 PM EDT
Screw getting a star to play master chief. Get someone who can act and forget wether they have had a big movie or not.

Im sick of these "stars" having to be in a movie for it to be deemed any good.

I go for the quality of the film, not who plays who.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 6:23:50 PM EDT
again another +1 on never showing his face
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 6:26:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By notso:
Screw getting a star to play master chief. Get someone who can act and forget wether they have had a big movie or not.

Im sick of these "stars" having to be in a movie for it to be deemed any good.

I go for the quality of the film, not who plays who.



+1
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