With UK cult author turned screenwriter Alex Garland already attached to the Halo project, expectations were already quite high that this film wouldn't be your average no-brainer game to film adaptation.
Now expectations must be raised even higher, as aintitcool.com have revealed that Peter Jackson has agreed to produce the project with his partner-in-crime Fran Walsh. Even better, WETA have been confirmed to handle the effects shots - epic battles, zombies an'all! No word yet on a director, but surely Pete must be a little tempted to have a bash himself...
Here's the official press release from Jackson himself:
"As a gaming fan, I’m excited to bring Halo's premise, action and settings to the screen with all the specificity and reality today’s technology can provide. Fran and I are intrigued by the unique challenges this project offers, and we’re delighted to be working again with our friends at Universal, and with our new ones at Fox and Microsoft. I’m a huge fan of the game and look forward to helping it come alive on the cinema screen.”".
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.