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Halo Xbox Video Game set to become a Movie

August 24th 2005

Halo Xbox Video Game set to become a Movie

Halo set to become Movie

An agreement between Microsoft and Hollywood will bring the popular X-box video game Halo to the big screen. In a deal work $5 million dollars plus a percentage of box office receipts, Universal will oversee the production and domestic distribution of the film while Fox handles the International Distribution. 

The movie, based on a space based first person shooter video game, is expected to be released in the summer of 2007.  The final asking price dropped had dropped from $15 million and 15% of the gross ticket sales after other studios declined the offer.  The new bargain was struck with a 10% cap of domestic box office sales. 

According to Universal the movie will be based on both Halo and Halo 2.  The movie will be centered around a science fiction alien-fighting warrior named Master Chief.  Industry insiders expect a new Halo 3 game to be launched around the same time as the movie. 

 
 

The script has been written be British novelist Alex Garland. Garland, who is best known for writing the novel The Beach and 28 Days Later, has said that his impression of playing the game was similar to being in a movie. The director has not been chosen, but an announcement may be made early next month.

The Halo game was first released in 2001 and has sold in excess of five million copies (or $600 million in sales).  The sequel was released last year.  Halo developer Bungieís goal is to find a director ďwho's as committed to the Halo universe as Peter Jackson was to Tolkien's Middle-Earth" according to the BBC.  

Video games have been incredibly profitable.  Compare the Halo-2 record of $125 million dollars in sales on the first day of release to first weekend box office sales of movies.  This is more than any movie made in the first weekend.  In the past a great movie would spawn a mediocre video game. This is changing. Now great video games are spawning movies.  If the trend continues, the video game industry may eclipse the movie industry in sales.

 

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By Dan Wilson
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