Microsoft squashes new Halo movie rumors

The frequently resurrected project from Microsoft's biggest franchise won't be getting the motion picture treatment anytime soon.

Rumors have been circulating about the revival of the Halo feature film for a long time, but Microsoft is getting ahead of recent Internet rumblings. A Microsoft representative told GameSpot today, "As we've previously stated, we have no plans for a 'Halo' motion picture at this time."

Back in 2005, we learned that The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit director Peter Jackson was involved with the production of a Halo feature film. Jackson said way back then, "As a gaming fan, I'm excited to bring Halo's premise, action, and settings to the screen with all the specificity and reality today's technology can provide."

But that project was postponed in 2006, and we learned that that particular concept was scrapped entirely by 2009. Regardless, the dream lived on among Halo fans and word spread that director Steven Spielberg was going to pick up the franchise in 2010. Then District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp expressed interest in taking on the project in 2013.

Despite the big names attached to the potential film, a movie never materialized, but Halo fans did get a Halo 4 Internet video series, Forward Unto Dawn, that drew over 55 million viewers.

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122 comments
Mary Pesik
Mary Pesik

My brother would love this! He'd go see it with his friends.

Chris Mcgonigle
Chris Mcgonigle

if they ever make a movie include the Flood we always need a infection in halo.

Nicholas Bishop
Nicholas Bishop

But an Uncharted would be nice, right? Here's hoping for it! *Sarcasm*

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

Why would that bother you? Surely you're not so weak minded that you would buy a movie to a game you don't like just because you've been told? That's the only reason it should bother you.

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

Not really, happy with the games. A serious would be nice though.

Jeremy Wheeler
Jeremy Wheeler

I'm glad HALO isn't turning in to a motion picture. It sucks as a game, and it will suck as a movie.

Cirno Yousei
Cirno Yousei

Well, that blows, because video game movies need standards, and the leaked footages of the Halo movie honestly looked like it was gonna set those standards.

Josh Bonney
Josh Bonney

Except Metroid's better than all of them...

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith

Too late. No one cares. A halo movie would have been cool, what? 8 years ago?

vackillers
vackillers

I'd like to see a Halo movie as much as anyone I think but people really shouldn't be all that shocked, pissed, or surprised about this. This has always been a marketing ploy right from the very early stages of a rumored movie, there will never be a movie.

themc_7
themc_7

I don't understand why there's such apprehension about making a Halo movie. Millions of devoted gamers and fans of the series would go see it. Are they concerned about it not making money, or tarnishing the game(As sometimes movies, etc can do)

Patrik Petoš
Patrik Petoš

jamie have you watched AC Lineage? It's about Ezio's father

Brandon Klein
Brandon Klein

A movie would be just as overrated as the game itself...

Jamie Richards
Jamie Richards

Really? You want a three-part movie (each of which being about 3 hours long) based on Halo? Are you retarded? Can you imagine how bad that would be? :P The only thing a movie studio should do, involving FPS games, is a mini-video (about 20-30 minutes long) showing off some cool special effects and characters. Maybe it could even be tied into the next game in the franchise? An 'Assassin's Creed' film, however, I like the sound of. :)

Jamie Richards
Jamie Richards

Seriously, a game based on a FPS game would be awful. Imagine a CoD movie! :O

foxhound_fox
foxhound_fox

Forward Unto Dawn was very good, and extremely popular. I'm not sure why a motion picture wouldn't be out of the question.

Andrew Atkin
Andrew Atkin

It's not as though we expected much from Microsoft.

JDgrindcore
JDgrindcore

I really really hope this is true, I am a massive fan of the franchise...well the real franchise 1-3 and everything in between, 343 really need to stop now, it's losing it's emotional depth and I've seriously lost a lot of love for the franchise I've adored since before I've had pubes. And if they do make a movie, I hope to god it references or is set in between 1-3

Jim DiTullio
Jim DiTullio

why would anyone want a Halo movie??? Smh

Alex Crosby
Alex Crosby

Mastercheif looks at a ship. awesome trailer

Paul A. Siakew
Paul A. Siakew

Like WOW movie....will take so long no one will care. Anyone recall Wing Commander?

Mike Dio
Mike Dio

Are you kidding? We don't need 6 hours of running around shooting the same 4 types of aliens over and over. Halo wasn't in depth and is still pretty boring as a story.

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

I don't think it is possible for Hollywood to make a better Halo movie than the mini series turned movie Forward Unto Dawn.

El Kamilo
El Kamilo

Wasnt a haloTV show announced?

Anthony Moite
Anthony Moite

Make the movie before people just stop caring about halo. Its already happening.

Kyle
Kyle

put the funds into making a halo 2 HD, nothing will ever compare to the times ive have had on Halo 2 multiplayer on orignal xbox

Kyle
Kyle

its to late. series is to old, this should of been made when halo was in its prime

Stephen Castro
Stephen Castro

Neil Blomkamp was actually in talks to do the movie before he even did District 9...the idea of a Halo movie died a long time ago when District 9 came out. Microsoft announced last year that Spielberg will be doing a live action web series. If someone was actually waiting around for the movie then I'm not sure with what info they were finding inspiration to do so...

Khanh Nguyễn
Khanh Nguyễn

comments on the last hour show that nobody's excited, not to mention 'too'. *clap clap clap*

Marc Boggio
Marc Boggio

Halo would be one of the easiest games to adapt into a great sci-fi war movie. It's crazy that Hollywood hasn't gambled on this one yet (especially considering they gave freaking Mario a live action movie- when nothing about Mario was adaptable to live action)

Curt Sonnet
Curt Sonnet

There's been rumours for ten bloody years now, if it were going to be done it'd be done by now.

Fox James Zimmerman
Fox James Zimmerman

Haha, how mature to trash a group of people just because they like a game series you don't. But anyways, like they said, 55 million people following a Halo based internet series. Pretty sure that would mean a Halo movie would be massive!

Zombrex
Zombrex

It doesn't take much to impress Halo fans.

Zombrex
Zombrex

Yeah, Steven Spielberg was supposed to be directing it. I think it's safe to assume it was a ploy for MS to steal some thunder during the convention circuit and I doubt it ever happens.