Is Steven Spielberg interested in taking over a proposed film adaptation of the Halo video-game franchise?
That's the rumor over on IESB.net, which cites numerous anonymous sources.
IESB has learned exclusively (believe me this is solid and I've confirmed it three times over with studio executives and our close ties to CAA) that one of the biggest producers in Hollywood history is currently in active negotiations to develop the feature film adaptation and no it's not Jerry Bruckheimer or Peter Jackson. It's the man behind Jaws, E.T., Indiana Jones and Transformers, Mr. Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg is blown away by writer Stuart Beattie's take on the game in his script entitled HALO THE FALL OF REACH. This coupled with the fact that his Dreamworks umbrella is looking for a big tent pole to help launch their newly independent studio with distribution over at Walt Disney Pictures after losing Transformers to Paramount in the separation, it's the perfect combination.
Halo, as we recall, was the project that producer Peter Jackson was once attached to and for which he enlisted newbie South African director Neill Blomkamp before it all went pear-shaped. That collaboration eventually resulted in the upcoming sci-fi action drama District 9, so we have Halo's fall to thank for that.
But IESB says that Spielberg is blown away by Stuart Beattie's (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) take on the script, about which we wrote a while back. That script is independent of Jackson and Blomkamp's effort and is based on the Halo: The Fall of Reach prequel novel; he also came up with several pieces of concept art (and thanks to Latino Review for breaking that story).
For his part, Blomkamp recently told SCI FI Wire he's not interested in Halo anymore.
IESB.net also argues that Spielberg is an avid gamer, something our sister site fidgit disputes.