With all the Halo movie on again/off again, maybe it’s on, “Maybe we’ll make it but only we know when” teasery that’s been going on for the last half decade or so, you’d think everyone would have just given up on the franchise that may still be minting million dollar bills, but whose momentum and fascination is fast drying up. Reality is that Halo‘s fanbase– bump from the upcoming Reach aside– has shifted into longtail.
Sure, there’s the hardcore Halo fan kingdom lead by Spartan Wannabe-0345 “Ralph”, but no matter how many times they’d pay to see the movie in the theater or how many times they flame this site, the Halo franchise is quickly exiting the public zeitgeist and diluting its own power. You need look no further than Doom (five years too late) or the Firefly Browncoats (we love our movie but we can’t make it profitable) to see the future state of Halo‘s franchise destiny and fans.
And while I’ve been an ardent defender of the Halo franchise and its potential for becoming a film, as Andy’s often said, that window is quickly closing. Still, I hope I’m wrong. Microsoft continues to fund live-action commercials highlighting various aspects of the Halo universe. Maybe rabid fans could splice those and loop them into a 90 minute feature at this point.
The latest entry? How to make your very own Spartan. Apparently, you climb onto a table, insert an 8-track of your favorite emo band and flex while a bunch of robotic needles squirt you full of Spartan juice. Sounds like Halo fan fic porn, but it’s true. Just watch: