Microsoft Adds Another Live-Action HALO Digital Project; Ridley Scott to Produce, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan to Direct

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Turns out there was something behind that Ridley Scott/Halo rumor from January.  The Wrap reports Scott and David Zucker of Scott Free will produce a live-action Halo project with Xbox Entertainment Studios and 343 Industries.  Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Battlestar Galactica) will direct from a script by Paul Scheurig (Prison Break), set in the 26th century around “a surgically-enhanced super soldier who is not Master Chief.”  The format of the “chaptered digital feature project” is reportedly similar to Machima’s Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn five-part series.

Note that this is entirely separate from Steven Spielberg’s live-action Halo project, although Mimic-Gezzan served as first assistant director on eight Spielberg films including Minority Report and Saving Private Ryan.  It is expected Microsoft will reveal more about Scott’s Halo project at E3 in June and release it by the end of 2014.  Watch the first part of Forward Unto Dawn after the jump.

Neill Blomkamp Talks ELYSIUM, Developing a Realistic Version of Future Earth, the Prospect of Directing a Franchise Film, HALO, CHAPPIE, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium.  For those unfamiliar, the story takes place in 2159, and two classes of people are divided: the wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the humans inhabit an overpopulated and ruined Earth.  Matt Damon plays a desperate man who must reach Elysium in order to find a cure that will save his life.  The film also stars Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Wagner MouraDiego Luna and William Fichtner.

The other day I was able to participate in a very small group interview with Blomkamp.  He talked about creating a realistic version of the future, where the project came from, working with big stars, how the version of Elysium that would’ve starred Eminem was a lot different, the prospect of directing a franchise film, what happened with Halo, his thoughts on Kickstarter, Chappie, the film after Chappie, his thoughts on using IMAX cameras, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to what he had to say.

Xbox One: New Trailers for METAL GEAR SOLID V, BATTLEFIELD 4, KILLER INSTINCT, DEAD RISING 3, CRIMSON DRAGON, D4, FORZA 5, HALO, and More

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Today at Microsoft E3 presentation, a slew of new games were announced.  There was a nice mix of sequels and new titles, and the trailers for these games are now coming online.  After the jump, you’ll find trailers for Dead Rising 3, Metal Gear Solid V, Battlefield 4, Kinect Sports Rivals, Sunset Overdrive, Crimson Dragon, D4, Below, World of Tanks, and Forza 5 as well as next gen releases of Killer Instinct, Minecraft, and Halo.

Hit the jump to check out the trailers.  The Xbox One will be released in November and cost $500.

Steven Spielberg to Produce Live-Action HALO TV Series

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Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One today, and embedded in its bounty of announcements relating to the new console was the exciting news that Steven Spielberg is developing and will produce a live-action TV series based on the popular Halo franchise.  Microsoft has been trying to get a big screen iteration of Halo off the ground for years, with Peter Jackson previously producing the feature film effort that Neill Blomkamp was poised to direct.  Things went sour when Blomkamp’s vision for the film didn’t jibe with Microsoft’s strict rules regarding how the franchise was to be handled, but it worked out alright with Blomkamp instead making his directorial debut with the stellar 2009 sci-fi pic District 9.

Now it appears that Microsoft will go it alone with regards to a narrative Halo effort, and they’ve got Steven Spielberg on their side.  Hit the jump for more.

Director Neill Blomkamp Talks HALO Movie, DISTRICT 10, Adaptations vs Original Work and Possibly Adapting Iconic Hollywood Movies and Characters

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After a screening of some footage from his upcoming sci-fi feature Elysium, writer/director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) talked about other projects he has varying levels of involvement in.  He touched on his learning experience with the defunct Halo picture, possible sequels to his breakout film District 9 and his stance on directing original material, sequels to his own films and adapting popular properties.  Blomkamp also teased a bit about iconic cinematic characters that he would love to get his hands on but is a bit too apprehensive about taking them on completely.

Hit the jump to see what he had to say and be sure to check back later for more on this special event for Elysium, due out August 9th.

Screenwriter Alex Garland Talks DREDD 3D, Reshoots, the Possibility of Further Sequels, LOGAN’S RUN and Video Game Adaptations

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Now playing in theaters is Dredd 3D.  As most of you know, Dredd is an adaption of the 2000AD comics character Judge Dredd, and it stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey.  The film follows Dredd (Urban) and rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson (Thirlby) fighting through a tower that’s crawling with thugs in their attempt to bring down drug overlord Ma-ma (Headey).  Unlike the Stallone version from the 90′s, this version of Dredd is gritty, ultra-violent, and really worth your time.  For more on the film, here’s Matt’s review, a featurette, a TV spot, and all our previous coverage.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I was able to speak with screenwriter Alex Garland before the premiere.  We talked about putting Dredd 3D together, how things changed along the way, the SLO-MO effects, the gritty violence, deleted scenes, the necessity of the reshoots and which scenes were added in later, and more.  In addition, with Garland having written drafts of Logan’s Run and Halo, we talked about what happened on both of those projects and what it will take to make a great video game movie.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Video Game News: Nintendo’s Wii U Release Delayed in Europe, CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II Multiplayer Trailer Revealed, Plus a Look at HALO 4 Weapons

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It’s been a busy week in the world of video game news.  On the disappointing side of things, it looks like Nintendo’s new console, the Wii U is going to have a delayed release in Europe due to some manufacturing difficulties (though it should still land stateside before Thanksgiving).  On the bright side: we have new looks at the weapons of Halo 4, a multiplayer trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II and some in-game combat action for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III.  Hit the jump for all that and more!

Guillermo del Toro Talks DR. STRANGE, Why Video Game Adaptations are So Difficult, and His Failed HALO Movie With D.B. Weiss

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As most of you know, I recently did an epic hour-long video interview with director Guillermo del Toro, and over the past two weeks I’ve been breaking it down into smaller segments. For today’s installment, del Toro talks about his rumored Dr. Strange movie with Neil Gaiman, how the 24/7 news cycle of the internet has changed the way projects get reported,  the length of time it really takes to get a movie made, how many projects he’s been developing have never leaked, his thoughts on what it will take to make a kick-ass video game adaptation and the inherent difficulty in transitioning to movie screens, and more.  In addition, for all you Halo fans, del Toro talks about the Halo movie he developed with D.B. Weiss, who is now very famous for HBO’s Game of Thrones.  Hit the jump for more.

E3 2012 Video Game Preview: Trailers for TOMB RAIDER, CASTLEVANIA, GUARDIANS OF MIDDLE EARTH, Behind the Scenes of HALO 4 and More

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With the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3 2012) set to kick off on June 5th at the Los Angeles Convention Center, we thought we’d bring you a preview of some of the major video games that are going to be on display.  This year will feature a new installment in the Halo franchise, a return to form for the groundbreaking Tomb Raider series and a few new LEGO games that will please fans of DC heroes and Lord of the Rings alike.  There’s also talk of a new game from LucasArts, titled Star Wars 1313 but unfortunately there’s no video to share as of yet.
As someone who grew up with blocky monochrome pixels bouncing around the screen, I’m continually impressed by the level of realism and beauty that comes out of these games.  Hit the jump to check out a variety of jaw-dropping trailers and previews.

PSA Sunday: Happy Mother’s Day from Blood Gulch

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In case you missed Hugh Jackman wishing moms a Happy Mother’s Day from the set of Les Miserables, we have a back up plan for you! Sarge and the crew from “Red vs Blue” have mothers, too.  They’re here in this PSA, broadcasting from their outpost in Blood Gulch to give you advice on the best/worst gifts to give your mom on Mother’s Day.  While your mom might not understand the reference, there’s a good chance she bought you your XBox and the first copy of Halo way back in 2001.  So how’s about putting a little thought into what you get her for this year’s celebration of all things maternal?  Hit the jump for a list of suggestions from Sarge, Donut, Tucker and more.

Comic-Con 2011: HALO 10th Anniversary Edition Shows Off Improved Graphics, Familiar Game Play

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The creators of the upcoming Halo: Anniversary Edition and Halo 4 came to Comic-Con to discuss their ongoing space opera and show off some new footage. I’m not a gamer, (a GBA is the most advanced system I have), so I can’t really explain what a Didact or a Precursor or Guilty Spark are, but the panelists, who included Frank O’Connor, Kevin Graceas, Greg Bear and Karen Traviss all promised that fans will see plenty of all of these elements in upcoming Halo games and novels.

They also presented something really cool for the Halo re-release that wowed me even as a non-fan. Read on for the details.

DreamWorks Renews Efforts at HALO Adaptation by Focusing on Novels

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Halo is one of the most successful video game franchises of al-time but it’s had some trouble making its way to the big screen.  DreamWorks is now giving the Master Chief a new shot a motion picture as Vulture reports that the studio is reviving its efforts to obtain the rights and develop a feature film.  It’s a daunting proposition as Fox and Universal previously tried to adapt the game only to come out with lost cash and bitter recriminations.  Specifically, Universal lost about $12 million in development costs on the deal and there’s the worry that the studio may try to sue DreamWorks in order to recoup their failed investment.

Hit the jump for how DreamWorks plans to dodge that bullet and appease rights-holder Microsoft.

RED VS. BLUE Seasons 1-5 DVD Review

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Let’s face the facts: if you can provide a basic definition for the filmmaking technique known as machinima, chances are, you’re a nerd. You needn’t be worried or ashamed of this, though. By that very same logic, thanks to the creators of Red vs. Blue, the number of certifiable “nerds” has increased exponentially worldwide. Since the web-series turned web-phenomenon’s first season in 2003, people who wouldn’t be caught dead playing Settlers of Catan (don’t knock it until you try it) are able to fulfill the modest “geek requirement” established here. Be proud, Rooster Teeth Productions, you’ve helped insert nerdy tendencies into the mainstream’s sub-conscious. While the “dudes” (that’s right, we have a name for you guys to) who lack the type of versatility required to enjoy both the Ultimate Fighting Championship and things that don’t involve beating the hell out of other dudes may hate you for it, I couldn’t thank you enough. My review of Red vs. Blue Seasons 1-5 on DVD after the jump.

HALO 3: ODST Xbox 360 Review

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For nearly eight years now, developer Bungie has continued to please Xbox owners with their “Halo” franchise.  Two years ago, “Halo 3″ set the benchmark for gaming sales, surpassing every previous release in the entertainment industry.  Not only did it outsell every other game on the Xbox 360, its opening day sales topped that of the “Spider Man 3″ feature film opening.  Needless to say, the games protagonist Master Chief has left an indelible mark on the gaming industry.  However, fans of the series were told that “Halo 3″ was the culmination in the saga- that we had seen the end of Master Chief.  Though this is true, Bungie is soon releasing “Halo 3: ODST”, a game in the Halo universe that does not involve Master Chief, but does involve all of the previous goodies plus a lot more!  Not being an avid “Halo” fan myself, I must admit that is a welcome addition to the franchise and is possibly my favorite game in the series.  Read about this amazing title after the jump.

Exclusive: Director Neill Blomkamp Video Interview DISTRICT 9

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“District 9″ is one of those films…the less you know the better. So let me say to everyone reading this, if you’d like to see a great sci-fi movie, something that’s new, original, and fresh, go see “District 9″ this weekend. Don’t ask people what it’s about. Don’t go reading the reviews. Just buy a ticket and see it. I promise you’ll love the movie and you’ll be so happy you didn’t know anything beforehand. That’s how I saw it and it was amazing.

Of course not everyone feels this way. Some people don’t care what they find out in advance and they actually want to learn as much as they can before they see a movie. So while I’d love to post this exclusive interview I did with director Neill Blomkamp after “District 9″ had opened, I realize the reason he did press was to get people into the theater this weekend. So after the jump is a great conversation with Neill and he explains why he got into making movies, the marketing of “District 9″, making the film, the style, what will be on the DVD/Blu-ray, would he go back to “Halo” if he was asked, Comic-Con, and a lot more. Take a look:

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