Halo movie indefinitely postponed

Following collapse of studio backing and a proposed third rewrite, work on big-screen adaptation of sci-fi shooter phenomenon is stopped.

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At the end of September, the Halo movie seemed to be right on track. Its executive producer, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, had been a featured speaker at Microsoft's X06 event in Barcelona, Spain. There, he talked up the multimillion-dollar sci-fi epic, which was being directed by novice Neill Blomkamp from a script by Alex Garland (28 Days Later) and D.B. Weiss.

What a difference a month makes. Earlier this month, Universal and Fox--the two Hollywood studios cofinancing the project along with Microsoft--backed out of the project after failing to renegotiate the profit-sharing scheme for the film. It had been slated for a summer 2008 release.

Despite the setback, Microsoft put on a brave face. "Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and the rest of the creative team are dedicated to ensuring the Halo movie becomes a reality," the company said in a statement on October 20. "We are already in discussions with potential partners who recognize the value of the Halo brand and its appeal to consumers worldwide."

Apparently the aforementioned discussions didn't go so well. This week, WingNut Films, Jackson's production company, announced that the release of Halo has been pushed back indefinitely. "At this time Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, along with Microsoft, have mutually agreed to postpone making a feature film based on the Halo video game universe until we can fulfill the promise we made to millions of Halo fans...of bringing a first class film to the big screen," read a statement sent out to numerous media outlets by WingNut.

Jackson and Walsh confirmed that Blomkamp would remain on board, praising him as a "tremendously gifted filmmaker" and calling his work on the project "truly awe-inspiring." However, the WingNut statement gave no date for the Master Chief's big-screen debut. "While it will undoubtedly take a little longer for Halo to reach the big screen, we are confident that the final feature film will be well worth the wait," read the statement.

While Blomkamp is sticking with Halo, neither Garland nor Weiss are currently involved with the project. According to the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, the film's script was being rewritten for a third time by Josh Olson, who received a 2006 Academy Award nomination for penning A History of Violence.

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darn I was looking forward to this movie. If Microsoft would stop being greedy for just a second, they'd still have fox and universal, and now jackson's studio has the project on hold. jezz.

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Cool !

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meh.

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Forget the movie, I want Halo 3!!!!!

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wow a movie that had its studio back out is postponed thank you for the shocking update

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And once again, the problems about the Halo movie continues

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I'm really glad it didn't work out.

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I bet what's really behind this is the well-documented, ongoing culture clash between Hollywood and the nerds. I heard some interviews with the MS guys working to negotiate a deal, and damn did they sound like arrogant SOBs. Now as a programmer myself I wasn't offended but I could easily see that if you weren't used to the harsh egos of high-tech folk you would want to step on them like an oversized annoying bug.

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The one page script perhaps?

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lmao why would they back out of this movie? I guess they don't want to make money? Morons

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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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that sucks

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Come on, Super Mario Brothers wasn't that bad, all the Bowell movies are much worse.

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meh whatever

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Thats awfull, no Halo movie becuase some one wanted too much of a profit, sounds like there too greedy for there own good. Im very dissapointed in Universal and Fox. :(

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Hey sony_boy_18...please stop, you're only being disruptive and it has absolutely nothing to do with this article. Anyways, back on subject, I had the feeling that this movie was gonna be put on hold after hearing Fox and Universal pulled out of this project. Jackson just might as well go and do The Hobbit, maybe by the time he gets that done this movie will be ready to get going again.

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To Quote " Squids-Ahoy : There is no god. " I agree with you, but it will be made anyway, just gotta keep the coffee hot while waiting............... Gamer Tag : ZeroBoogie

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no great loss. it probably would have sucked anyway

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Good luck trying to get one Sony boy. I just hope you don't fork over 2000 dollars to get it on ebay.

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couldnt care less

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YES! LET IT DIE!!! PLEASE!!!!!

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guy from the history of violence huh? hmmmmm me likes that.

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:cry:

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Doesn't really worry me, but will devastate my mates ...

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OK.... someone had way too much sugar today...

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"HEY EVERYONE THE PS3 SHIPS IN 16 DAYS .YES!" Glad you're excited about the next Dreamcast. lol It will fail!

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LorddG l woould like to add and change. AMAZING Advent children Spirits within Silent hill House of the dead(man that film is funny) PRETTY GOOD BUT ONLY JUST RE Apocalypse Doom(shame ending went all hollywood) Mortal Kombat(hey it seemed good when i was little) Morta Kombat 2(same as above) Alone in the dark(never played game so dont know what to compare to,also the box has funny pic of Christian Slater) LAME BUM BUM JUICE RE Street fighter(kylie as Cammy,NOOOOO) Super Mario Bros(LOL LOL LOL) So all in all proberly cut it been holted,I nearly jumped for joy when I heard the Deus ex game had been scrapped,I guess Deus Ex 2 did 1 thing right

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hmmm... this movie will come out.... eventually...

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There were problems right from the get go. It'll happen probably after Halo 3 comes out, but this is a good thing. No movie (video game adaptaton or otherwise) should never go through this much stuff. Silent Hill and Mortal Kombat have been the only video game movies that's been worth watching.

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good... i don't think a major film release is the best decision for the franchise anyway. i understand that they want to milk the success for all they can, but when they've already got action figures and a novel series, they're one god damned cartoon away from making it a joke.

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HEY EVERYONE THE PS3 SHIPS IN 16 DAYS .YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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this sucks big time!

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And I was so hoping they'd cast Fred Savage as the Master Chief...

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Most Game Movies suck anyway

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Let's look at the trail of videogame-to-movies: PRETTY GOOD: Mortal Kombat (1995) RENTABLE: Resident Evil Resident Evil: Apocalypse Mortal Kombat: Annihilation WEAK: BloodRayne Street Fighter UTTER GARBAGE: Alone in the Dark House of the Dead House of the Dead II Double Dragon Super Mario Brothers Halo, Spy-hunter are both in Development Limbo.... Hmmm. What does that tell you?. 90% of v2m movies are garbage... No thanks to Uwe Bolle, of course....

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I don't know what to say....well, maybe next time???

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haha

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should have known Thank You Bowell for making game movies become 2nd rate jokes

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Noooooooooooooooooooo

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I'm all at once disapointed and yet, relieved that the movie has been stopped. I want it to be a good movie and enjoy it to the fullest, but at the same time, I have yet to see a video game -made to movie property- that's anything more than "decent" at best.

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This just sucks. I hope they are still able to put this movie together... even if it is a few years out.

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Pushed back and rewriten again? I'm telling ya, this film better be worth it.

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There is no god.

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we all knew this anyway. why the shock?

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Bummer. Well, I hope they work out the details because I think this could be the first decent game-to-movie adaptation. Just look at all the talented people involved.

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omg

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hmmm.. whats next halo shoes

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ms doesn't want to paid for a flop that's it plus they have no knowledge of movie production peter jackson should be running away with his good reputation before thing get ugly

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Good news imo.

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