IESB reports that Steven Spielberg is in active negotiations to develop the feature film adaptation of the best-selling “HALO” video game franchise.
Previous attempts were made to turn “Halo” into a film back in 2006 with Peter Jackson producing and “District 9” director Neil Blomkamp helming. However that project, a Universal/Fox co-production, essentially collapsed due to studio politics and budgeting disputes according to Jackson himself just a few weeks ago at Comic Con in San Diego.
A few months on and during the writer’s strike in late 2007/early 2008, scribe Stuart Beattie (“G.I. Joe,” “Collateral”) penned a spec script for the film based on Eric Nyland’s “Halo: The Fall of Reach” novel. The story serves as a prequel to the original Halo game, explaining the origins of the Spartan soldiers and Halo hero Master Chief 117 along with the horrific first contact with the Covenant hordes and ending with the fall of the UNSC forward base on Reach.
According to the site the script sets up a trilogy with the second set entirely on the Halo ringworld, and the third following the events of the third game. Also the Covenant doesn’t appear until the second half of the film, allowing the budget to be kept in check.
What Spielberg’s capacity on the project would be is unsure, though if the reports are true it’ll likely be only as producer with the property being shepherded under his retooled Dreamworks banner as the studio’s first major tentpole franchise of the new regime.