Halo Movie Rights Upset Hollywood Pt2

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[[Halo Movie Update]]

The latest news from the Halo/Halo 2 movie deal suggests that Universal Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox teamed up to offer Microsoft an initial payment of USD 5 million plus 10 per cent of initial box office receipts. This deal is still not final, with neither party wishing to comment until next week.

If a deal is struck it would suggest a Microsoft victory over Hollywood as the computer giant definitely chose not to play by the rules set out by the big studios. MS hired writer Alex Garland, known for his work on the zombie 2003 hit 28 Days Later, to come up with the story. Microsoft and agents CAA then mailed their script to the studios and unleashed a barrage of demands, including a degree of creative control.

Microsoft spokesman Carlos de Leon mentioned that soon after the game's initial success in 2001, studios approached Microsoft for the rights to a Halo movie, but the company wanted to retain some form of control over the project. It was only natural that interest increased as Halo 2 sold 2.4 million units in its first day. Overall, the franchise has sold 13 million units worldwide, generating some USD 600 million in revenue. The interest alerted Microsoft to the possibilities and a plan begun to take shape. Microsoft is not in the business of making movies, and that is why we want to partner with the studios. (But) we have an obligation to make sure the 'Halo' franchise is protected and is something 'Halo' fans can be proud of, said de Leon.

This interest exhibited by Microsoft is a double-edged sword which could alienate fans if the project fails to meet their expectations since then the company may be considered solely responsible for any of the project's misgivings.

[[Microsoft Demands...]]

Microsoft's negotiations with Hollywood for the rights to the Halo movie may be a sign of the growing power of the gaming industry. The terms set by Microsoft and the company's demands may pave the way for better treatment of game-to-movie projects, but a lot will depend on how the final product will be received by the viewing public.

Creative Artists Agency, Microsoft's agents negotiating the Halo rights deal, put forth an aggressive proposal which outraged movie studio executives. Microsoft's demands included a USD 10 million upfront fee for the rights to the Halo movie, 15 per cent of initial gross box office sales, approval over the cast and director and a mere 60 first-class plane tickets for MS people to the movie premiere. This attitude by MS led to some tension with five studios dropping out of the bidding within 24 hours of reading the script, with DreamWorks SKG and Paramount Pictures among the first dropouts. The two that remained, 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures, seemed daunted by the price although it is rumored that a deal with one of the two is near completion.

This being Microsoft, we do have to be careful about deciding what is true and what is hype but the fact that Hollywood is listening carefully to the gaming community cannot be denied. The recent onslaught of Uwe Boll gaming related projects has left the industry's credibility in tatters; of the most popular adaptations only one has earned more than USD 100 million in the US: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Hopefully Microsoft will be careful with its product and will avoid hiring Uwe Boll as its director, let us all hope that Far Cry is the last title sacrificed on that particular altar.

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Halo Movie Rights Upset Hollywood Pt2

I thik its smart of microsoft to want to control the rights strictly...look at what hollywood has done to past gaming flicks.That medium is of the past, controled by a pack of stupid old jews.Gaming is now...And games should determine what halo looks like.

Halo Movie Rights Upset Hollywood Pt2

they should give it to UWE BOLL he'll give the movie alot of character...it'll be shit but hey atleast it'll be more enjoyable than the games characters and story...lol microsoft had to end up with a shitty deal anyway..they'll prolly end up getting paul WS anderson to direct...you dont push the movie studios..they push you and theyve won

Halo Movie Rights Upset Hollywood Pt2

yea hollywood thinks they know what game to movie movies shoudl look like! But people buy the game cuz they like the game not some ugly ripoff that changes the story line to make it more "Holleywood"! I would have seen Resident evil if it followed the same story line as the games! I would have done the Final Fantasy thing if it had the story lines of any of its games! (3, 5, 7, 8 are my favs)

Halo Movie Rights Upset Hollywood Pt2

Personally, I think they should give the movie to Ridley Scott. He'd keep it real. Besides I am a major halo freak. A movie would be a great addition to my collection. (I joined the army part time just so I could afford the armour from nightmarearmour.com )

Halo Movie Rights Upset Hollywood Pt2

strange how quick everyone is to accuse hollywood of not being able to pull this one off. Action movies are in a pretty good place right now, and it's not like Halo was in all that good of a place as far as dialogue goes to begin with. I could see someone pulling off something worth watching, but it still comes down to a story that was written for a game, which isn't a movie. Games take more time, have more characters, and can go farther in depth, because you acctually interact with things. I'd like to see it done well, but it really isn't going to be something that film can enhance.

Halo Movie Rights Upset Hollywood Pt2

With all the games going to movies,most have been a dispointment to me for instance Resident Evil. Dont get me wrong, it was an alright movie, but it just lack something that you get outta the game. I think that Microsoft is doing the right thing so that Hollywood will think twice to do a crappy adaptation of Halo.For thir sake , if they do make HALO: The Movie, They better give us the felling that we had when we played Halo for the 1st time.

Halo Movie Rights Upset Hollywood Pt2

You can bet your ass MS will make them do it right. I like that a major software company can negotiate terms. It has to be done this way! Look at all the comic book movies that have been f**ked up in the past. When Stan Lee for example signed the rights over to most of his works, the production and film companies ahd the major say in content and who would play the major charecters. And we all know that the Hollywood machine in genral knows didley squat about the comic worls NOR the video game world except...MONEY. This is why every single Batman flick except for the first one sucked.

Halo Movie Rights Upset Hollywood Pt2

The games suck... the movie will also suck. Facts are this game has been built on hype. If you get enough people to play it regardless doesnt really matter if the game is good or not sometimes HYP Ecan carry a game. Halo is just a basic no brainer game that surely doesnt deserve a movie. Anyone who succumbs to micrsoft for a movie that will surely do badly in the theaters has a screw loose. This movie will do ok in dvd but will bomb in the theaters. No one really cares about halo. Halo is carried by hype and nothing more. Same with doom3. The game suchs bad.

Halo Movie Rights Upset Hollywood Pt2

I think that this could be good if they play by the rules of the game. Thinking about it the story would make a good movie. One central hero figure (although very emotionless - may Arnald Schwarzeneggar could play him? hehe), the central hero battling against all odds and one central bad guy (the covenant) to defend the planet earth from total destruction. One man - cyborg sorry - against an army of bad guys...isn't that what an action movie is about? One hero against all odds defeating the enemy and saving humanity. Ok it's cliche'd but what isn't nowadays? Just look at the Star Wars movies (the original and best ones), they focus on the underdog versus the galaxy of bad guys with Luke being the central Hero figure, battling against the source of ultimate evil in the universe, Vader his father. That's why they were so good. It's the classic tale of good vs evil with the good guys naturally being at odds with lower technology and fewer numbers. I believe thats what Halo's story was like too.If MS keeps the film true to the game then this could be awesome. Put it this way, it cant be worse than Resident Evil or the upcoming Doom movie which has no link whatsoever except the name Doom.

Halo Movie Rights Upset Hollywood Pt2

Kakiharaat 10:31 14/6/2005 - When making movies of games people dont do that anymore. I think Hollywood is having a competition, see how many people will go see a film of a game when its not actually based on the game whatsoever, at least its true with Doom...

Halo Movie Rights Upset Hollywood Pt2

I hope Ridly Scott does direct but in a way i think he should be doing another ALIEN movie he made the original he should do it again, but yeah he would keep a halo movie a real and true to its script as possible...Peter Jackson has made some good movies he could do it...after he's done the Hobbit first

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