Machinima is quickly becoming the go-to place for video game-turned fan-fueled film adaptations. Last week, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth director Kevin Tancharoen’s Warner Bros. sponsored web-series (and proof of concept feature film pitch) Mortal Kombat: Legacy debuted on Machinima’s YouTube channel.
Now, it sounds as if another fan-favorite game franchise will get reinterpreted for the small (computer) screen in the form of Operation Chastity – a Halo fan-project.
On Saturday, Latino Review noticed a series of Halo set photos that had appeared on the Machinima Facebook page – speculating that a Halo webseries, similar to the recent Mortal Kombat project, might be in the works.
However, Machinima addressed the growing speculation (and slammed Hollywood’s inability to get a Halo film off the ground) with a message on the Operation Chastity Facebook page, as well as a link to a behind-the-scenes video for the fan-film:
“Hollywood isn’t giving us the Halo film we’ve all always wanted, so these guys are doing it themselves! Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of Operation Chastity, a Halo live-action fan film exclusively on Machinima.”
Check out part 1 of the behind the scenes look at Operation Chastity below followed by the full synopsis:
Operation Chastity is a planned film set in the Halo universe, centring on a platoon of Recon Marines of the 267th Marine Regiment. They operate in Argentina within a UNSC cordon, set up around the wreckage of the CCS-class battlecruiser “Chaste Ascendancy” following its crash-landing on Earth. Operation Chastity is their last mission in this forgotten part of the Human-Covenant War.
For a fan-film, there’s no doubt that the aforementioned director/producer Peter Cooper has put a lot of work into props, concept art, and other pre-production elements. However, based on the early behind-the-scenes footage, it’s definitely hard to imagine Operation Chastity as a buzz-worthy property that will satisfy fans of series – in place of a studio-produced webseries or feature film.
Admittedly, the project isn’t aiming to succeed in place of a blockbuster film (currently being developed at DreamWorks) but, without even a basic glimpse at how covenant forces might come into play (even in concept art from), Operation Chastity looks more like Call of Duty with UNSC gear than a film set in the Halo Universe. Hopefully, as more information is revealed, we’ll get a better sense of the larger Halo connections.
We’ll get our first official glimpse at Operation Chastity this summer when a teaser trailer for the film is released. In the meantime, we’ll just have to settle for the rewatching the live-action Halo: ODST and Halo: Reach commercials.
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Source: Operation Chastity [via Latino Review]