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Move Over Jackson, Fincher's Got Halo (Sort Of)

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | October 22, 2012 | Comments ()


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So there was going to be a Halo film back in the day. Peter Jackson was going to produce, and Neill Blomkamp was slated to direct. Blomkamp spent five months working on pre-production before the whole fiasco was put on hold indefinitely. Blomkamp channeled his frustration into making a little film called District 9. I'm pretty happy with that outcome. Jackson should have been the first hint. Nothing he gets attached to ends up getting made unless it's based on a Tolkien novel.

But not to be put off by the lack of a film, Microsoft is making a fourth Halo game. I will fight to the hilt about video games being just as powerful a narrative art as film or prose, but for the life of me I don't understand the big deal made out of Halo. I played the first two, enjoyed them, and don't remember the slightest thing about the experience. They're perfectly enjoyable shooters with a set of cliches cribbed from a dozen different stories tacked on as a semblance of a plot. It's a poor man's Mass Effect, and there's nothing wrong with that. The average enjoyment lets us really appreciate the brilliant entertainment.

So David Fincher got brought on board to make a trailer for Halo 4, which seems like putting out your Grandma's silver for a TV dinner. Here it is:

I mean it's fairly intriguing. But it's not like it has a Tears for Fears cover, which is really the only true measure of a great video game trailer.



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  • Neill Blomkamp's proof of concept Halo short: http://youtu.be/5BaVb2TlWb0

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I very much suggest checking out the mini series "Halo - Forward Unto Dawn" on Youtube. It's also used to market the new game, but it is astonishingly well made. It also features that girl from "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", if anyone's interested in knowing what became of her.

  • Ben

    Halo actually has a pretty rad story and setting, Bunji are just fucking awful at telling a story so it's really hard to figure out. Halo 4 has a new dev team though so I'm hoping they're more competent.

  • In other news, the trailer for Bioshock Infinite came out. It doesn't have David Fincher or Tears for Fears. Instead it has "Beast" by Nico Vega and gives you an idea of what the game will actually be like. Enjoy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

  • googergieger

    Oh and Halo is popular because Xbox fans have literally three games to obsess over. Halo, GOW, and Forza.

  • googergieger

    So Halo is Mass Effect 3?

    Na, both franchises will make terrible movies if you base them on the video games. And Halo is a poor man's Star Ship Troopers. Eff all to do with Mass Effect which came out later. Way later.

  • Fredo

    The most intriguing aspects for me are all told off-screen in the extended materials. Stuff like The Covenant being a a conglomerate of alien races who hate each other but have united to destroy the heresy that is humanity. (Usually it's humanity banding together to fight a common alien enemy). Or that Master Chief really is the product of a genetics program to breed super-soldiers and that he's been born, bred and raised for this. (Hints of a Starship Troopers-like totalitarian regime ruling the Earth).

    As for the game, the first one was groundbreaking when it came out. Then Half-Life 2 came out and one-upped it.

  • MrFroggie

    I think the appeal and popularity of the Halo games has more to do with the multiplayer aspect. Before all this Call of Duty nonsense Halo was the top dog. Old school system links between Xboxs in dorm rooms everywhere made it much more fun. The story is less the appeal and its more the game. So naturally people want it turned into a movie instinctively because while Halo is fun to play the storyline of the games can be a tad lacking. Except for Halo 3: ODST which basically had Fillion, Baldwin, and Tudyk reprising their Firefly roles. That was a fun little narrative.

    Also the books were very well written.

  • AudioSuede

    Yeah, Halo's always been about the multi-player. The graphics are acceptable by modern standards, the storyline is heavily cliched, and the gameplay is pretty basic. One thing it has going for it: Very well-balanced weapons. I was playing a slightly older shooter (Red Faction II, the vastly inferior Red Faction IMO) and was appalled at how ridiculously easy it was for anyone with any kind of explosive weapon to rack up kills. I was winning rounds by 30 points by finding a not-at-all hidden grenade launcher and taking everyone to task. Halo has the benefit of being easy for beginners and keeping a relatively level playing field for users to find their preferred playing style. Still, Call of Duty is the better game, and-

    Wait, I'm sorry. I thought I was 17 again for a minute there. And that I was browsing IGN.

    Carry on.

  • googergieger

    Ghost Recon>

  • hasshole

    The only thing I know about Halo is Red vs Blue. If there will be more of that from this game, then bring it on.......

  • Blake

    Everything I remember hearing about a possible Halo movie in the past involved no Master Chief, as the story would center on others. $@%# THAT.

    I'd much rather see an Uncharted movie first, with Nolan North or Chris Pine as Nathan Drake.

  • strand0410

    I also don't get the hard-on people have over this series, and especially its story. A bucketload of B-movie Sci-Fi mumbo jumbo piled onto a faceless bullet point of a character don't make this the next Dune. It's about a Space Marine who shoots shit, saves the day and people are already getting antsy over the plot spoilers for #4. It plays straight the same tropes that Duke Nukem or Republican Space Rangers (THE best thing Rockstar has ever produced) parody. Hell, this one even has the "Canned Ancient Evil" thing going on in the end.

  • A Halo film cancellation leading to District 9 being made is the Universe's little way of saying that no matter how much we've fucked up, it still has a tiny little bit of affection left for us.

  • BlackRabbit

    And apparently he's a Space Marine?

  • BlackRabbit

    I will fully admit to never playing a HALO game. Are they really that good?

  • Dragonchild

    The consensus among opinions I actually respect are that it's "mediocre". NOT bad. Not great either. Enjoyable, if you like first-person shooters. But if you're the type to be swayed into trying things without buying completely into the hype, you'll wonder what the fuss was about. The gameplay is smooth but not revolutionary. The graphics are what you'd expect for a design-by-committee AAA budget. The music is again, quality, but you could swap it with any sort of big-budget action movie soundtrack and not notice the difference. The plot is your typical excuse-to-shoot-bugs dudebro fare with cosmetic variations. The strongest argument for it is execution; the game really doesn't have any weaknesses. In that respect I'd say it's the video game equivalent of "Avatar" -- a fascinating case of how top-notch production value can build up a sterling reputation in pop culture while utterly lacking a single original idea.

  • lexorcist

    While you're essentially correct (single player being mediocre, etc), it's not really fair to say Halo lacks any original ideas: the original halo added a vast number of things that completely changed (console) FPS games. Probably fairer to say that the subsequent games haven't added much, but each has had one or two major additions (though nothing that original: map editor, jet-packs, etc) to the game.

    (full disclosure: I LOVE HALO, but I can totally see why other people think it's not very good.)

  • Dragonchild

    That's just it, though. I buy the argument that Halo changed console FPS games, I really do. The thing is, if you're a gamer whose scope is broader than console FPS games, that they changed things within a sub-genre of a sub-genre really puts in perspective just how "original" they were. IF you're an FPS fan, "Halo" was a historically significant step in gaming evolution. It's not like the flipped the entire gaming world upside down.

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