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Early Halo: Fall of Reach Concept Art Revealed?!

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August 4, 2008
Source: Latino Review

Early Halo: Fall of Reach Concept Art Revealed?!

Before everyone goes crazy and thinks the Halo movie is back in production, let's clarify the details on this bit of news. Our friends over at Latino Review picked up this concept art photo exclusively because it's attached to the script that Stuart Beattie wrote based off of the book titled Halo: Fall of Reach. We first mentioned this in a story back in April, in which we said that veteran screenwriter Stuart Beattie had written this script on his own time to try and sell because he's such a big Halo fan. Apparently Beattie has brought on concept artist Kasra Farahani to try and put together a package which they'll in turn use to sell this whole thing to Microsoft and this is the logical next step. So, with that clarified, let's take a first look at what is truly an awe-inspiring first bit of concept art from Halo: Fall of Reach.

El Mayimbe explains that this scene below takes place halfway through the script and that Master Chief is indeed the guy flying by in the middle. He has five different concept art photos from various points in the story and will be releasing them over the next few weeks. Take a look at this first one below and click the image to see it in glorious full-size over at Latino Review.

Halo: Fall of Reach Concept Art

Looks pretty awesome? Although this looks like a scene from the video game itself, just imagine if this were live-action happening all in front of you. I'm sure if you're a geek like me, that should get you excited. In our original article, we described the story from the Halo: Fall of Reach book. "The script is, first and foremost, a character-driven story about a soldier named John who was kidnapped or "conscripted" by the UNSC when he was just six years old, and then brutally trained to become an elite Spartan warrior known as Master Chief 117." As it continues, it "then takes us through the horrific first contact with the Covenant hordes on the doomed colony world of Harvest, and then climaxes with the spectacular fall of the UNSC forward base on Reach, during which every other Spartan is slaughtered." Excited?

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  • Merc
    Looks interesting...
  • alex
    think the game is pretty shitty but will give a movie version a chance
  • Shawn
    halo is shitty, what the hell were you playing because it can't be the same halo, or maybe you're just a dumbass
  • CSpuppydog
    Oh I am excited! I loved the book! This would be amazing to see on the big screen if done correctly.
  • Nate
    Gotta agree with Shawn, I may not be a die hard Halo fan, but calling the game shitty must be a joke. What's so bad about it?
  • Ron Paul
    I've read the book, and surprisingly it's one of favorite science fiction books of all time. And not (solely) because it was based in the Halo universe. It is very much character driven and has more story than all 3 Halo games combined. Plus there are multiple spartans, which in a movie would be awesome.
  • AEC
    Awesome I just hope a Halo movie occurs. I think Peter Jackson should direct. He is a fan of Halo and would do great justice to the game. Making it EPIC. I don't understand why the first go around didn't work because Halo has such a large fan base and great story that in my imagination rivals Star Wars with Lord of the Rings with a little bit of Saving Private Ryan. Come on Halo and Peter Jackson. And the only way I think you can find Halo shitty is if you played it on PC which it is because it is tailor made for the PC. Love the Story I think it is what makes Halo so great.
  • Joshua
    Next...
  • alex
    yes i am a dumbass because i don't like a game you do....
  • Brad
    Halo is terribly overrated. There's nothing unique about it. You play a gruff marine fighting aliens on an alien ring with thousands of repeating corridors and environments that look no different to Earth. That may pass for braindead games, but there is nothing remotely decent about it's story that would translate into a unique sci-fi movie. Nothing. I won't comment on this book however, maybe it managed to inject a little character into it and deviate from it's terrible alien designs.
  • Bishopsring
    Too bad Jonah Nolan and Christopher Nolan arent writing the script for this. It would definitely get the project started, but I imagine they could add twist, a character driven story and a certain presence. It seems interesting. I do like Halo, it is unfortunate that a reall good script has not come out of it yet, when Gears of War is in the making.
  • http://www.paynebyname.com Payne by name
    I love the Halo franchise and would love to see a movie. However Jackson started losing favour with me when The Two Towers came out. I know that goes against the grain but I found he was pulling too many tricks with the audience (pretending to kill of aragorn) when every single person watching knows that he's still alive and getting bogged down in cliche. The short film that Blomkamp put together (and I appreciate that Jackson discovered or at least nurtured him) was pretty damn special and was a real indicator of what could have been.
  • Darrin
    if this comes out as a film it should be in imax.
  • Nate
    #10 There's nothing unique about Halo? How about the seamless change from first person to third person with a variety of vehicles with great physics. It also invented the recharging health meter which has been reused in Call of Duty 4 and Gears of War. Some people might hold the games in higher regards than they should, but its not exactly a braindead thought. On another note, I hope they can do something good with this, seeing as people really enjoyed the book.
  • Colin (brother of Mike) Hunt
    #14: No, there's nothing unique about Halo.
  • Callum
    i am a fan of halo and ive got to say to colin and mike that the reason people think halo isn't unique is because load of other developers c tried to copy halo. if you actually spent more than 5 seconds playing halo (thats of course if you did) you would know that its seriously fun and has major replay value. and the story has so much depth (with the novels as proof). at first it looks like th typical sci-fi story but just playing through the trilogy you see a lot in the story spartans, UNSC, Elites, Covenant, Flood, Forerunners and more. and if the movie will be on the first novel then it will be amazing (if they do it right by sticking with the story rather than doing there own version) i think that this movie can open the halo universe to alot of fans
  • taigh
    great games. great books. great director (p. jackson). looks good to me. when i first played halo: comabat evloved, it amazed me. playing that game as an 11 year old 4 years ago gave me the chills. the story is original and i really hope that they can pull this off and make a great movie.
  • Yousef
    I'm more interested in the score as i have been for the past Halo scores. A couple questions come to mind: are Michael Salvatori and Martin O'Donnell going to compose as they have done before? Will Steve Vai [guitarist you all probably heard on Halo 2 & 3] be making an appearance? Will the movie be entirely in 3D CG or live-action? Will Peter Jackson ever realize he's better off making horror-gore films like that NZ film he did called Dead Alive aka Brain Dead? Will I ever lose my virginity to Jessica Alba? When will they find Osama Bin... oh wait, i'm rambling. sorry. many of these questions strike me, and i am truly hoping for [in order of the question aforesaid]: Yes, yes, hopefully 3D CG, ignorantly no, don't have a chance, and i think he's already dead.
  • Kyle G-Man
    if halo is such a shitty game, how come it is one of the few games played for money??? (ever hear of MLG???) it stands for major league gaming, watch espn, they show it all the time
  • Alex-p
    seriously the pic looks crap but the games are heaps good and well i have no idea who peter j is or any of the others are but whoever wrote the halo saga should write the movie and i cant remember who but whoevers the joice of master chief should...i wrote this on my psp it took ages
  • brian
    i think halo would be the new start of a new super hero of the far future,i love marvel comics dudes but lets bring some one new,which is halo
  • Shane-R
    I've heard that for the 'Halo' book series that there were other Spartan survivers from the disaster at Reach. But I'm looking to seeing if a 'Halo' move can be pulled off! A few other movies that were made from video games were good if not decent i.e. Tomb Raider and Resident Evil, though there have been a few crap movies made off video games as well i.e Doom and House of the Dead, If the story and concept is adept enough to match up with the events that it is predictable enough to be intone with the game but original enough to stand out and yell, "I'm spawned from a game but I have the 'spunk' and 'ZAZ' that Doom failed at capture!" But this is also based on is they can find an actor can be Master Chief by sounding like him and appearing to be 7ft or 2meter's in height if not then the use of the same technology used to make Frodo small in Lord of the Rings, and one element that should not be changed is that who ever is deemed to be Master Chief should not be announced right away or be some unknown as well as not EVER talking the helm off in the movie. Each game has gotten close to revealing but never showing what he looked like.
  • Zidane117
    the halo books, as said by Ron Paul #6, are extremely awesome! they take the games to a whole new level. i'm currently reading the 5th "Contact Harvest", but the "Fall of Reach" is, in my opinion, the best out of the series. i would absolutely love for there to be a Halo movie, but just looking at the pictures, there are a lot of things that already look like they got screwed up. We're talking about one of the most successful game franchises on the planet, and somebody thinks they need to mess with the storyline to make it more appealing to audiences. that just pisses me off!...oh and to people like Alex #2 and #9...What the hell are you smoking? Were you dropped on your head as a baby or something? Halo is AWESOME! Not even Call of Duty can stand up to its inexorable wave of superiority over all it touches! You should be thankful to live in the same lifetime as people like Joseph Staten, who wrote the storylines for the games! Seriously, dude, rethink your way of rating games.
  • Zidane117
    #18 wtf?
  • Springfield
    Why? why do so many people obsess with hating a game because it doesn't appeal to them? say your opinion sure, but explain yourself at least!? say its shit, but give reason! just because it didn't amuse you does not mean its a bad game. Halo was the first game to create the regenerating shield, and that became a revolution, every new release is doing it now. it gave a wide variety of balanced weapons for choice, and Dual wielding made everything so much more distinct. its best selling point was, its fun. constant fun. not demanding on realism and Graphics. just fun, and i think that's what most of the players miss. they dismiss the game before they give it a chance to shine.
  • bob
    this is gay it says in a bit of the screenplay (synopsis.) The script then takes us through the horrific first contact with the Covenant hordes on the doomed colony world of Harvest, and then climaxes with the spectacular fall of the UNSC forward base on Reach, during which every other Spartan is slaughtered. WHERE NOT ALL OF THE SPARTANS ARE SLAUGHTERED A LOT OF THEM ARE ALIVE IT WILL BE STUPID IF THEY MAKE ALL THE SPARTANS DIE.
  • dave
    this movie is not gonna happen, sorry to say.
  • jonah
    This is gonna be friggin awsome. i love both the games and the books thank you whoever is making this movie gonna watch it and buy it even if it is shit
  • Tapion
    It looks pretty cool but I doubt that woudl be from the movie because that isn't what happened. If I recall they entered reach on a Pelican and it was damaged during the re-entry so they had to bail out in which a good portion of the spartans onboard died from either injuries or the impact, but it looks good none the less.

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