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

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | October 22, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | October 22, 2012 |

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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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.