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Spielberg goes shopping for Halo novels

Big screen adaptation back from the dead?

Legendary movie director Steven Spielberg is contemplating snapping up the film rights to the Halo franchise, if Hollywood chitter-chatter is to be believed.

According to Vulture, the Jaws director is looking to pick up the rights to the Halo novels rather than the game itself, to avoid legal wranglings with Fox and Universal.

The studios were left with a $12 million bill after their planned Peter Jackson-produced adaptation fell through.

There's no hint at the direction Spielberg might take if he did claim the rights, but last year it was reported that the director is a big fan of Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriter Stuart Beattie's Halo: The Fall Of Reach treatment – itself an adaptation of Eric Nylund's novel of the same name.

Spielberg and gaming go way back. The ET creator informed The Guardian of his passion for PC gaming last year, and he's tried his hand at making games himself, in the form of the Wii's excellent Boom Blox.

Next from Spielberg is The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, starring Simon Pegg, Daniel Craig and Nick Frost. It's produced by the aforementioned Peter Jackson. Coincidence?