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Is the “Halo” Movie Back On? With Steven Spielberg?!

Is the “Halo” Movie Back On? With Steven Spielberg?! (photo)

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The man who brought the world “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” and a paranoid update to he classic “War of the Worlds” could be bringing one of video games’ biggest phenomena to a cineplex near you. New York Magazine is airing out a rumor that Dreamworks–the studio that Spielberg helped found and still runs–might be trying to launch a “Halo” movie off of the books that tie in to the futuristic FPS series.

There’s a huge ecosystem of “Halo” content out there that surrounds the games, with novels, comics, toys, statues and animated DVD anthologies that all illuminate little corners of that fictional universe. Still, while the book hold a lot of the canonical continuity for “Halo,” they’re still a tertiary experience. The most compelling conversations about “Halo” are about the games. How they’re played, how they look, sound and feel are the binding commonalities of the fanbase. Simply put, only a fraction of the folks who racked up the ridiculous launch stats of “Halo: Reach” have ever read the books.

But that may not necessarily be a barrier. The biggest thing in Spielberg’s favor is the way that his touch sprinkles pixie dust on the most dubious of projects. Remember all it took was a mention of his name to ward off skepticism from Michael Bay’s first “Transformers” movie. For a short while anyway. The NY mag article details the pockmarked development history of the “Halo” movie, all of which makes you wonder why Spielberg wants to revisit the project. Maybe he just finished the single-player campaign? Maybe he things he can do better than the very good live-action promos Microsoft made for Halo: Reach”?

Still, the biggest problem with bringing “Halo” to the screen is the series’ most recognizable character. Master Chief’s meant to be a cipher, a suit of green armor inhabitable by anyone with 60 bucks to spare. He doesn’t have much by way of personality and engages with threats and hardships with a gravelly, John Wayne-style terseness. All of that is intentional. You are meant to be Master Chief and you infuse him with the few attributes that the game lets you bring to bear through your play style. “Halo: Reach”–the most recent game in the franchise–gave the Bungie-originated universe the strongest character dynamics and biggest emotional arcs of the whole series. While those were very good for a “Halo” game, they weren’t exactly groundbreaking.

In-the-know sci-fi nerds will tell you that Neil Blomkamp crafted “District 9” only after being attached to a would-be “Halo” production that went nowhere. Ultimately, that’s probably for the best, as Blomkamp got to make a sci-fi flick that served as a great allegory. “Halo” may just be too loaded (pun intended) a property to allow anyone–even Spielberg–to do the same.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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