HALO: NIGHTFALL Trailer and Comic-Con Panel Recap: Web-Series Leads Directly Into HALO 5

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Today at San Diego Comic-Con, fans were treated to a special first look at Halo: Nightfall, the live-action digital series from executive producer Ridley Scott and writer/director Sergio Memica-Gezzan.  Available in November, the movie is set after the events of Halo 4, placing the story in the “present” in terms of the game’s present timeline, and shows the story leading up the events of Halo 5: Guardians, due to release on Xbox One this December.

Hit the jump to watch the Halo: Nightfall trailer and to read my full Comic-Con panel recap.

Showtime President David Nevins Talks Cameron Crowe’s ROADIES, PENNY DREADFUL Season 2, the DEXTER Finale, His Desire to Make a HALO Series, More

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While at Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, President David Nevis took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, he spoke about their new comedy pilots, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (directed by Mark Webb) and Roadies (from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams), Penny Dreadful season 2 and how it will have a human antagonist, the status of Happyish (the series starring that Philip Seymour Hoffman), what the real reason was behind the choice for the ending of Dexter and the possibility of the show returning, how long The Affair could run, and how he’d still like to do a Halo series.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Trailer for HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION; Includes Access to HALO 5 Multiplayer Beta and Live-Action HALO: NIGHTFALL Series

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Halo 5: Guardians isn’t due out until 2015, but Microsoft and 343 Studios are planning to tide over fans this year with Halo: The Master Chief Collection.  Announced today during Microsoft’s E3 presentation, the collection will include Halo Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4Halo 2 Anniversary will come with new textures, models, and sound, although players will be able to switch back to the game’s original Xbox visuals at any time.  The collection will come with every multiplayer map, and all games will run at 60 frames per second.  Additionally, the set will come with access to the live-action Halo series Halo: Nightfall (which is different than the Steven Spielberg-produced series) and the Halo 5 multiplayer beta.  And yet for all the times “Halo” was said during the presentation, few details were released about these two titles.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer Halo: The Master Chief Collection.  The set will be released only on Xbox One on November 11th (the 10th anniversary of Halo 2).  Click here to pre-order.

HALO 5: GUARDIANS and Steven Spielberg’s HALO TV Series Set for Fall 2015

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Halo is one of the biggest video game franchises around, and now that the Xbox One is finding its way into more and more homes (and you no longer have to buy one that watches you sleep), there will eventually be enough of a base to make Halo 5 a smash hit.  Today, Microsoft announced that the fifth Halo game, entitled Halo 5: Guardians, will be released fall 2015.  In a statement from Bonnie Ross, the General Manager of 343 Industries (the studio behind Halo 5) the upcoming sequel will run “at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade.”  Just think how crisp and clear tea-bagging your opponent’s corpse will be.  It will bring a tear to your eye.

Hit the jump for more Halo 5 details on Steven Spielberg‘s Halo TV series, which is also set for fall 2015.

HALO Live-Action Series Could Be Coming to Showtime

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XBox Entertainment Studios is reported as being in substantial negotiations with Showtime to develop the Halo live-action series.  The project has been a high priority for Microsoft for some time, as the company has been developing the drama series adaptation of the video game franchise with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV company for over a year.  The company is reportedly close to a deal with two showrunners to oversee the series adaptation that will explore screenwriter Stuart Beattie’s take on the universe.  As Variety reports, the deal is not seen as a straight-to-series pickup.  The plan is to debut the episodes on Showtime, with XBox airing them after a short window along with interactive options.

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.

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