Halo composer wants to score the movie, doesn't think Hollywood will approach him

A blockbuster Hollywood adaptation of Halo is almost definitely heading to theaters, and the game's music composer wants in on the action. However, he feels the chances of being invited to work on the project are slim.

Marty O'Donnell, the man behind Halo's musical score, said in a recent interview, "I would love to score the Halo movie. No doubt about it. I think that would be great."

"I feel like, knowing Hollywood just a little bit, they would most likely say, 'We have to have a tried and true Hollywood composer' and 'These themes are appropriate for games but not appropriate for movies.' Or something like that."

And he may be right - it seems unlikely that the film's producers would go with a composer who lacks silver screen experience. O'Donnell, however, doesn't think that should be a barrier, and asserts that composing a game score requires all the same skills as composing a film score, and then some.

"It's technically harder. In my opinion, you have to have all the same chops that you have for linear media and then you have this other added technical and artistic vision to make it adaptive and interactive and all the rest," he said.

While a generic score might fly in other film adaptations, Halo's music is too highly-regarded and recognized to ignore. It would almost be unthinkable to create a movie and not use the game's signature score. But will the guys down in their movie studio cabanas and golf carts pay attention to that?

"I think Hollywood is sort of an insular place and their friends hire their friends and people that they're comfortable with," said O'Donnell.

I personally think it would be a travesty if O'Donnell was not at least asked to be a consultant for the big-screen project. If I can't start humming along to the music in the background at some point, I'll be sorely disappointed.

[Source: Industry Gamers]

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Mar 24, 2011




  • ThatFanInThePeacoat - March 25, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    Hollywood, do the right thing for once. FOR ONCE!!
  • Mercutio - March 25, 2011 5:44 a.m.

    I actually disagree with all of these comments, the slant of this article, and the cynical attitude of Marty O'Donnell. He scores videogames, not movies. If you ask an artist to paint your portrait, you don't tell him how to hold the brush. Why should Hollywood feel obligated to make their films bend to videogames? Of course they should respect the source material, but film is an entirely different medium and things like characters, plot, and score must change in the translation.
  • Grif - March 25, 2011 1:46 a.m.

    This would be worse than Nathan Fillion not being Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie... wait Fillion get the roll! Well this is just monstrously wrong!
  • Bloodstorm - March 25, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    I would hope they would go to him, and at least have his assistance on it. Halo's soundtrack is as iconic as the Chief and one of the best video game soundtracks ever produced. A Halo movie has to have the music right. Ne generic action movie scores for Halo, no sir.
  • RicePuddingUK - March 24, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    The Halo soundtrack has become such a cultural icon they can't ignore it, even if Marty doesn't get the job whoever does it has to incorporate the chants, the african drums and the pure epicness. Hans Zimmer or Michael Giaachino are the only two I'd make an exception for
  • SideOfBeef - March 24, 2011 11:09 p.m.

    Frankly, I always thought Halo's score was closer to a movie score than any other game I can think of (except maybe MW2, but there's a good reason for that). I could see arguments that the music formatting would need to change, but I worry that completely mully Marty off would take with it that distinguish Halo's sound (if they touch the African drums, heads will ROLL).
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - March 24, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    @EdDeRs1 I agree. It's gonna suck if they don't allow O'Donnell, but Steve Vai really is the only other guy for the job.
  • UberNoob - March 24, 2011 10:26 p.m.

    They NEED O'Donnell...
  • Jesse1066 - March 24, 2011 10:10 p.m.

    If they don't hire O'Donnell, they shouldn't bother making the movie. No one would watch it without his music. Of course, if they don't make the movie, it won't make any difference.
  • EdDeRs1 - March 24, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    if Marty O'Donnell dosent work on the theme then there is only 1 man left who can create the epicness required for the halo film, Steve Vai! come on people, he manage to improve the origonal theme!
  • DonNatzi - March 24, 2011 8:01 p.m.

    If they don't have him on for the movie, there is really no hope for it. I mean, is there really that big of a difference between movie and game soundtracks? Music is music. But I didn't even realize the movie is back on. Last I heard it was canceled.
  • OptimashSlime - March 24, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    I swear to the lord almighty, that if they don't at least use the original Halo theme, I'll poison the bloodstreams of everybody involved in making the movie. Halo is a perfect little bundle of a franchise, where the music, story, characters and locations are all neatly intertwined into a... Well, an awesome! Ripping out the music from the balanced equation will, for lack of a better metaphor, 'seriously fuck things up'. That doesn't of course mean that there can't be new tunes 'n shit like that, but they need to maintain at least a part of the original.
  • flang - March 24, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    The Halo score is great but its also been played and replayed to death now. I personally would rather not hear the exact same 10-year old theme for the movie, which should come across as a new, unique experience.
  • Zolty717 - March 24, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    Martin O'Donnell would really deserve this if he gets the chance. His work on the Halo series really is some of the best in-game scoring in the history of video gaming.
  • batmanboy11 - March 24, 2011 7:34 p.m.

    As much as it sucks, he's right...
  • bass88 - March 24, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    They didn't get Jesper Kyd for Hitman either, which was disappointing.
  • Church117 - March 24, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    Please, Please, Please, God. If anyone should do this, its this man.

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