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.

614 Comments

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.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 614 comments about this story
614 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for hyliansavior
hyliansavior

2498

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I actually walked out of History Of Violence at the movies. What a POS movie that was. Leave it to hollywood to let us down again.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for spirit-reaper
spirit-reaper

198

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

i hope it comes out soon

Upvote • 
Avatar image for idiotthethird
idiotthethird

46

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

myself, i'm finding myself wondering which bit(s) of the story it'll cover - there's the fall of reach, halo 1, the bit between 1 and 2, 2, and anything from there to 3. i defenitely agree with ra-devil, it's going to be huge, but by the time they launch it, a lot more of the later timeline will have been covered, taking away part of the supsence.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

1512

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 11

User Lists: 0

I'm glad that they are willing to put so much effort into this movie, but it saddens me when production companies just don't understand what these people are trying to make. In their minds, they think, "Oh, cheapy video game movie," but in reality, its more like Lord of the Rings. Not cheap, and not something you can throw together in 3 months. I was so ready to see this movie, but I suppose I'll have to wait till they team up with a better Production co. Maybe New Line Cinemas, the ones who did LotR, or Paramount. Owell, guess we'll all have to wait and see.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for cheatma
cheatma

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

FOR F******K SAKE ALREADY PUT ON THE GODDAMN MOVIE BECAUSE IT IS GONNA BE F****** BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!

Upvote • 
Avatar image for strawberryheart
strawberryheart

333

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

One day it has to happen in full realistic CGI like that one video of Master Chief losing his helmet. It HAS to happen. One day. Soon......

Upvote • 
Avatar image for blacksox2k6
blacksox2k6

274

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

cool

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Francesca
Francesca

95

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Absolutezerr
Absolutezerr

291

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

Halo 1's story wasn't all that special. An amazing game and the movie's special effects could look amazing, but it was basically an excuse to kill aliens. Halo 2 would be a better movie than the first game would be, but only by a bit.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Omihalcon
Omihalcon

120

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

better if it's not made at all than if it's created just as a crappy cash-in

Upvote • 
Avatar image for WestSideAzn
WestSideAzn

2218

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 0

Owned. Oh well, it doesn't matter, I bet it's going to be bad...

Upvote • 
Avatar image for emerald101
emerald101

253

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 0

Come on boys and girls they may have postponed it for now but you know its well worth the wait !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Upvote • 
Avatar image for jaydee00003
jaydee00003

1898

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 0

yeah i think bruce willis should play master chief too but his not that tall like master chief cuz master chief is 7 feet

Upvote • 
Avatar image for ZetaSpartan
ZetaSpartan

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I hate to see companies like Universal and Fox back out of something like this. They're money hungry, and won't make the game unless they get a fat chunk of the profits. It makes me sick. The movie will be ****in badass anyway, and people will go see it. There's so much high quality intellectual property here, that if they do screw it up, they don't deserve anything less than the guillotine. I will see it, end of story.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for nambor100
nambor100

53

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

WHAT!!!!!!! 2008! WTF! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! why the hell! why condem people to wait so long! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! PLZ PLZ PLZ MAKE IT! THEY HAVE TO MAKE IT!!!!!! AHHHHH! I CAN TALK IT ANYMORE...... well i can but still! COMMON MAKE THE DAM MOVIE!

Upvote • 
Avatar image for flasheypants
flasheypants

76

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

bruce willis should play master chief...and they should have never cast vin diesel for hitman.....jason stathum would be a much better suiter for that role...but what do i know? i just play halo just make the damn movie already. you had a great script writer..and a great director. microsoft has enough money. just finance the flick yourselves. my god

Upvote • 
Avatar image for s-s
s-s

552

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 0

the movie is gonna bomb. who cares when it comes out? play the game.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for EMAN2g
EMAN2g

366

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

...rofl...they'll save money from makin' this junk

Upvote • 
Avatar image for spawn611
spawn611

86

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

just plain wrong with all the crappy game movies that came out lara croft, house of the dead , street fighter. This is a sure blockbuster WTF ! make it already

Upvote • 
Avatar image for lightningkyuubi
lightningkyuubi

224

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 8

User Lists: 0

it will probally nevr cime iut now Quote:(OMG now all the geeks that spend all their time cussing on xbox live) i dont have xbox live

Upvote • 
Avatar image for leimeisei
leimeisei

416

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 9

User Lists: 0

OMG now all the geeks that spend their whole day swearing at people on Halo 2 over X-box live will finally get up... to go see the halo movie at the theaters for every showing possible until it leaves theaters. Then they will go back to playing Xbox live halo again.. then when it comes out on dvd they will go buy the Halo movie and a second TV and put the second tv right next to their XBOX tv and they will play Multiplayer Halo on XBOX live AND watch the movie at the same time. wow.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for TheMessiah741
TheMessiah741

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

how the hell is the movie delayed again, will the halo film ever come out, for christ sake hurry up with the dam movie

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Impostorzim
Impostorzim

273

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 63

User Lists: 0

When will the madness stop?? First Resident Evil, then Doom, and now this? I swear...I love Halo with all my heart...if....IF YOU CAST THE ROCK AS MASTER CHIEF, PETER JACKSON THERE WILL BE BLOOD SHED AND VIOLENCE IN THE STREETS!!! GIVE THE HALO SCREENPLAY TO US FOOL!!!

Upvote • 
Avatar image for mhfurniture
mhfurniture

54

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

when halo wars comes out on the big screen and on dvd, they should put it on xbox live

Upvote • 
Avatar image for cyborg100000
cyborg100000

2905

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Halo 1 was a great game but nothing special. the fights were average and the multiplayer was kinda crap. Halo 2 was nothing new and i think halo 3 will be more or less the same... Anyway i don't think halo is good enough to have a movie made by it, i think half life 1-2 should have a movie made about it, steam have done so much more in effort to the game than bungie have to halo. A better script (in-game) more dedicated to online gaming (so many mods, maps and extras), more in depth AI (responds to sound and touch) and a far more realistic story. The movie will be great though i think if its any thing as good as lotr.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for PTYG
PTYG

67

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 0

I think they shouldve gotten Uwe Boll to direct the movie, it would be 10x better

Upvote • 
Avatar image for ButterDumpster7
ButterDumpster7

58

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I don't mind that much having to wait longer for this movie to come out. As I see it, the longer they wait, the better their ideas will get. These "setbacks" give them time to change aspects of the film. Even though they havent actually started, they will probably look over their ideas and change them for the better. It would piss me off too if they took off his helmet in the first movie...that and if they didn't use the same voice from the game. But give them time, and I don't doubt the movie will get two thumbs up. I mean come on...................................................PETER........JACKSON.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Jimboni
Jimboni

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Why not do what they did with Snakes on a Plane, and let the true fans of the game write it. If Snakes on a Plane can be sponsored by a studio, as bad as it was, then someone should be willing to pony up the bucks for a movie that already had a great story associated with it through the game. And not to lose sight of a problem with some profit sharing scheme? Thanks guys, you just screwed the fans and moviegoers because you couldn't settle on who gets the loot.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for BlAcKjAcKtAcuLa
BlAcKjAcKtAcuLa

154

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

If Master chief takes his helmet off in this one, well then they screwed the movie up.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Luke_Skyjogger
Luke_Skyjogger

36

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Well, they say that they're making sure Halo is the "Best it can be", and I'm glad of the extra time to make sure the movie doesn't suck. But I can tell you that myself and every other halo fan in the nation will be pissed off at microsoft, if the movie eventually comes out and isn't PERFECT

Upvote • 
Avatar image for soccerthing590
soccerthing590

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

If Universal and Fox backed out than this movie is screwed. Hollywood is gonna try and make this a drama with alot of slow parts...HALO IS NOT A DRAMA AND DESERVES NO SLOW BORING PARTS!!!! Fox is the master production company that made Independence day which is regarded as one of the best Sci Fi movies ever made. Personally i think they should bring in a more experienced Director and get rid of this guy. According to his recs he is a novice and has no experience of making a movie of this magnitude. If they want to succeed its gonna take the best graphics and special effects...they should consider bringing in George Lucas and his special effects company to really make this movie rock. An independant production company is not capable of such an undertaking.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for helluvagood
helluvagood

9182

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 0

wow this is old

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Giacomand
Giacomand

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I like games that urn into movies like Doom that was a good game and movie but halo is the best the so movie must be the best

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Everon22
Everon22

389

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 8

User Lists: 0

Of course Blomkamp is sticking with Halo. Its his thin chance at getting recognized in the industry.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for texasfight54
texasfight54

757

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 36

User Lists: 0

For god sakes...c'mon.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Bazook
Bazook

65

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 33

User Lists: 0

**** sake what they need to do is just have Peter Jackson doing all the work with there Weta guys and make an awesome from Garlands script

Upvote • 
Avatar image for jackcranberry
jackcranberry

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 0

and yet, Uwe Boll continues to breathe our good air... /how stupid are the big studios anyway? profit-sharing problems? hell, i'll pony up $5 and retire by the time Halo is released on DVD...

Upvote • 
Avatar image for geetarplayer174
geetarplayer174

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

christ they need to get off their asses and put this thing together!!!

Upvote • 
Avatar image for RAMIN_AMIN
RAMIN_AMIN

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

why god!

Upvote • 
Avatar image for tH3_cH3a7_027
tH3_cH3a7_027

46

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 0

rijnie is obviously mentally challenged. dont make fun of him.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for almightymatt
almightymatt

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

rijnie, how can u say killzone 2 will pawn halo 3? the first killzone was no good, how can the second be any better?

Upvote • 
Avatar image for rijnie
rijnie

380

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

ow i cant wait !!! save the world from the #$%& aliens masterchief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ow and killzone 2 the game willl pawn halo 3 the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!(and game)

Upvote • 
Avatar image for _Sam_
_Sam_

31483

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I think that this movie would have made them a ton of money

Upvote • 
Avatar image for kingofgames4000
kingofgames4000

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

;;SIGH;; delayed AGAIN!!!

Upvote • 
Avatar image for racerx737
racerx737

590

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 0

Anyone else notice that there seems to be a curse on the Halo universe's release dates being delayed and delayed again and then delayed some more? I hope the delays mean that the movie kicks ass whenever it does finally hit the big screen.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Tha_Evil_Genius
Tha_Evil_Genius

222

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

aye caramba

Upvote • 
Avatar image for childe_roland
childe_roland

2542

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Mrppower, the Halo movie wouldn't need to be animated to use the same voice actor for Master Chief, he's wearing a Fu%#&ng helmet for gods sake.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for greystone227
greystone227

364

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Noooooooo! Oh well, I guess they postponed it with good intentions. If postponing it will ultimately make it a better movie, then so be it. I'm glad that Peter Jackson's still sticking with it, too. I really liked the Lord of the Rings movies (still hoping for The Hobbit), and even though he isn't really directing it, I'm sure he wouldn't get involved if he didn't think it'd be great.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Dark_Lord777
Dark_Lord777

187

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

CGI movies worked for Final Fantasy 7:Advent Children. it would be better, so they could stay with the real voice actors

Upvote • 
Avatar image for BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

1815

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

"ultrazone POSTPWNED" this made me laugh...i still hope the movie gets made and made right!

Upvote •