Stuart Beattie Wrote His Own Halo Script to Sell!
Apparently screenwriter Stuart Beattie has been doing a lot more than writing scripts for G.I. Joe or Gears of War. Latino Review reports that Beattie has decided to write a spec script on his own titled Halo: Fall of Reach, which is based on the novel of the same name. They assure us that this is not April Fools banter and is 100% legit. The Halo movie has been on hold for quite some time without any major updates and apparently Beattie is a big fan himself. Big enough that he decided to take matters into his own hand and write a script in the hopes of getting things moving.
The novel which his script is loosely based on is titled Halo: Fall of Reach and was written by Eric Nylund and actually published in 2001. A spec script is one that a screenwriter writes on their own time to sell after already being written. Typically writers like Beattie are commissioned from the start to write a script from scratch, like he was for G.I. Joe and Gears of War. But this time Beattie was such a fan and wanted to encourage the movie to get made that he wrote this on his own. Now that is some true dedication!
Latino Review's source also provided them with some details on the story contained within the script. Take what you read below with a grain of salt. Although Beattie writing a spec script seems fairly legit, we can't fully confirm all of these details below.
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.
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.
The script also gives detailed outlines for the second movie, HALO: RISE OF THE FLOOD, which takes place entirely on the Halo ringworld, and the third and final movie, HALO: BATTLE FOR EARTH, which roughly follows the events of Halo 3, the game.
One cool advantage of this first script is that (like the shark in JAWS) you don't even see the Covenant until halfway through the movie. And because all the creatures are CGI creations, this cuts the budget down dramatically and makes a first Halo movie that much more viable. For Halo fans, it's like the prequel that provides all the answers to questions they've thought about for years. For non Halo fans, it's an exciting action movie that provides a clear, concise introduction to a world five hundred years in the future with relatable characters and a terrifying alien menace.
I'm loving this idea so far and I'm really hoping it's completely true. I think every last Halo player out there has been waiting to see this movie finally coming together. And seeing Neill Blomkamp's Halo shorts was even more encouragement. Unfortunately there are some stubborn execs in Hollywood who don't understand the capacity for a Halo movie to succeed, and thankfully even Beattie saw that!
Hopefully this script, which I'm guessing is incredible thanks to the passion that Beattie put into it, will actually get this high profile project on track again. And hopefully those shorts that Blomkamp made were enough proof that he can handle a big budget (and a Halo movie, for that matter, but we all knew that). This movie needs to get made and we all know what needs to be done for it to turn out amazing. So far there is a script, now it just needs to get signed.