Producers of the film adaptation of Microsoft Xbox game giant Halo have scrapped the original script, penned by 28 Days Later writer Alex Garland, and are looking for a new take on the game.
Novelist/screenwriter DB Weiss confirmed in an interview with GameSetWatch that he has just been hired to pen "an entirely new second draft" of the film, insinuating that Garland's script has been scrapped.
"I'm pretty excited about it," Weiss said. "And I did always think there was a lot more to the Halo universe than most games -- I remember switching to 'Easy' mode on the first game, so I could plow through it more quickly and find out what happened next."
Universal/Fox originally hoped to get the film out by Summer 2007, but have nixed that too. If you’ll recall, Garland was hired in early 2005 to write the script. It was then shopped around to the studios in a high profile publicity stunt last June, with Universal/Fox winning the bidding war.
Well, this just goes to show you studios heads what happens when you announce a film’s release schedule before you’ve even approved the friggin’ script.
Ahhhh, remember the days when you’d base a movie on a solid script, make it, and then decide when to release it? Now, they just buy a franchise title, hire the FX company and announce a release date before anyone has thought, “Geez, I wonder if the script is any good.? Doom, anyone? Godzilla? Punisher? Catwoman? Daredevil? Elektra? Mortal Kombat? The list goes on and on and on and on….
"Halo" Hits Scripting Woes