I know people have been getting really excited over the prospect of a live-action Halo film in the last couple years, but I personally almost couldn’t care less. There are plenty of more interesting videogame franchises that could be adapted at this point.
Like Metroid, for instance. Metroid Prime has much more potential for a film than Halo. Especially a trilogy. It would have just the right amount of elements that you could have in conflict with one another, throughout the three flicks.
There’s the bounty hunter Samus, who is sent by the federation to investigate the incident. There’s the space pirate colony, who have already inhabited the planet and are undergoing research and looking for ways to implement the substance (Phazon) in terms of weaponry. There’s Meta-Ridley, who throughout the series is trying to track and kill Samus. Then there’s the Metroid Prime itself, which survives, is transformed into a whole new being by the Phazon, and ends up causing most of the problems in the latter two installments.
It’s a great premise for an action trilogy. Just fill in a couple more key characters, outline the key events of the games into a coherent plot, have James Cameron make it into a movie, and it will be one of the coolest things ever.
Or how about the Final Fantasy series? Final Fantasy X’s plot is split into subplots of action, drama, and romance that all tie together at the end. Plenty of potential for something there.
Or what about Final Fantasy VII? It’s about two bio-engineered super-soldiers with entirely opposite ideals facing off against each other! With guns, swords, and GIGANTIC MOTORCYCLES!
Didn’t anyone see Advent Children? I have three words: SWORDFIGHTING ON MOTORCYCLES. There will never be anything cooler than that. Imagine if we were to make that flick again, only coherent, and with an actually good script?
I once wrote this in the comments at TheMovieBlog, last year when there was news of a Halo flick:
I’d rather see a CG film of Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time…basically what happens is three golden goddesses descend on a swirling mass of dark and foreboding energy. They breathe life into it, and give it form. They create the red earth, instill a sense of law and order in the land, and create creatures to uphold that order. Thus, the world of Hyrule is brought into existence.
Then, in one of the many lands of Hyrule, called Gerudo, a male is only born once every 100 years. This time, the child is named is Ganondorf. The order leaves the boy in the hands of two witches, who train him in the dark and mystic arts of magic. More and more, Ganondorf hungers for power. As he comes of age, he is crowned king. As the years pass, he hatches a plan to travel to Hyrule Castle, where the chosen people of the Goddesses reside. It is also the location of the Temple of Time, where the entrance to the Sacred Realm is held. His plan is to invade the city after he let in for the ceremony in which he swears his allegiance to the King of all Hyrule.
There’s a lot of interesting themes in that storyline. The whole point of the story is that the health of the land and the people in it depended on who was in control. If someone pure of heart took control of the Triforce, the people would thrive. If someone corrupt got their hands on it, hell would break loose.
So when Ganondorf finally does get it, to prevent the destruction of the world, the goddesses split up the triforce between the three people closest to it (not physically, but spiritually): Ganondorf, Link, and Zelda. While Ganondorf’s kingdom spreads, Zelda is taken in by the Sheikah (a faction of rogue-like assassins, basically) who train her in their arts. Meanwhile, Link is locked in a slumber inside the realm of the gods, and is released back into the world once he’s older and more powerful several years later.
Wouldn’t that make a good movie? And that’s the tip of the iceberg, for that.
All I’m saying is that there’s so many possibilities. We shouldn’t get so wrapped in the very thought of a Halo movie (not pointing fingers or saying anyone in particular is, just that that is what’s been happening over that last couple of years), especially when we have no idea who’s making the darn thing, or who even would. Or at least, that’s how I feel.