Alex Garland (author of the novels The Beach andThe Tesseract and writer of the screenplay for 28 Days Later) has been hired by Microsoft to develop a feature-film script of its best-selling video-game franchise Halo (not Saw 2 as had been previously rumoured.
The film will be produced by ex-Columbia Pictures president Peter Schlessel, who quit the studio just over two years ago to become a producer.
The Halo franchise is one of the most popular in video-game history, having sold more than 12.8 million copies since its 2001 debut. Last year, Halo 2 sold 6.4 million units and was the second-bestselling video game of the year.
The plot of Halo revolves around a warrior soldier known as 'Master Chief' who battles a group of alien religious zealots who believe one of their most sacred artifacts is located on Earth.