halo movie

Trivia about halo movie from imdb reveals the movie business: 

 

'Alex Garland' was paid $1 million by Microsoft to write an adaptation of the popular game. Microsoft then sold the script to Universal for $10 million.

A rumor was started that Alex Garland's script had been dropped, and that D.B. Weiss had replaced him as the screenwriter, but Weiss confirmed in an interview on Gamesetwatch.com that he was only revising Garland's script.

Producer Peter Jackson asked Guillermo del Toro to helm the movie, but del Toro turned the offer down so he could direct _Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008)_ .

 

- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464037/trivia

 

With the WGA strike on November 2007, one wonders what the status is of this movie.  For writers, a million dollars seems a small price to pay to give up the rights on one's own creation when one thinks of the many more millions that will be made since this game already has an audience, based on the fact that the game is popular.  

 

Why are writers striking?  They are pushed to stay towards the bottom rung of the money ladder.

 

This movie is another example of how computer games not only make money as themselves but now also can make even more money when adapted into a movie, at least one that's good enough to satisfy gamers.  

 

Before, books, stories, articles, poems were adapted into movies.  Today, popular computer games provide another source for adaptations that have a proven and waiting audience.

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