Game films are de rigeur, or not

Written by Wil Harris

October 31, 2006 // 12:40 p.m.

Tags: #alex-garland #capcom #chun-li #delay #film #halo #microsoft #movie #peter-jackson #street-fighter #wingnut

The world of films based on video games is in something of a upside down state at the moment, as one project is severely set back and another gets green lighted.

We've all been looking forward to the film version of the epic Halo, which is being Executive Produced by Peter Jackson, he of Lord of the Rings fame. Last we heard of it, it was being financed by Fox and Universal, based on an Alex Garland (The Beach) screenplay and was in pre-production.

Fox and Universal pulled out of the deal a couple of weeks ago, leaving Microsoft and its partners to find another financial partner. Well, they haven't done so so far, and the film has officially been delayed.

Wingnut Films, the production company putting the film together, said that "While it will undoubtedly take a little longer for Halo to reach the big screen, we are confident that the final feature film will be well worth the wait."

On the flipside, Capcom has given the go-ahead to a new film based on Street Fighter. To those who remember the stunningly awful original, starring Jean Claude Van Damme and Kylie Minogue, this will not be great news. However, the new film will be based around the story of Chun-Li, so should at least have a good opportunity for a gorgeous female lead in the vein of Dead or Alive.

The film will hit in 2008, to mark the franchise's 20th anniversary. Can anyone remember the original Street Fighter?

Sad for the Halo film or delighted about Chun Li? Or both? Give us your take on videogame movies over in the News Discussion forum. We're waiting.
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