Rogue One Writer Gary Whitta Teases Unproduced Scripts For Halo, Blade Runner, Godzilla, And More

If a modern-day “High Noon” remake starring Mark Wahlberg sounds like a bad idea, Whitta is right there with you. I have developed a synopsis for just such a remake, which would have been “set in central California in the aftermath of a 9.0 earthquake.” But “again complicated rights issues killed it right when we were on the verge of setting it up,” he tweeted. “Maybe for the best? This job is weird sometimes.”

Just last month, we saw a new trailer for the live-action “Halo” streaming series that is coming to Paramount+. Whitta also pitched a “Halo” TV show “to Amblin back in 2013, for an iteration long before the one about to debut soon,” he wrote. “Master Chief didn’t show up until episode #5… again probably for the best this didn’t happen… I think the new show is going to be good.”

Finally, there is “Godzilla Forever.” Whitta described this project as a “futuristic GODZILLA reboot I developed with whoever was holding the US rights at the time.” It was in development “several years before Gareth [Edwards] showed up and created the version that laid the foundation for Legendary’s current Monsterverse.”

Whitta also shared a “Fullmetal Alchemist” story proposal, an outline for a “radical reboot” of “Battlestar Galactica,” and some other original ideas of his own that he pitched over the years. Seeing all the unrealized projects that he’s spent time working on serves as a reminder of all the other screenwriters who are out there laboring on projects that may never see the light of day. It might give you a new appreciation for the next movie or TV show you watch to think that for every one of those that gets made, there are many more that never even made it out of development.

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