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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well id rather them take there time than create a movie which may cause dissapointment. plus i think it will be worth the wait

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Halo forever

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I hope all of you realize that this movie will never be created...there's way too big of a risk for this movie to completely flop. I mean, think about it. The only people who know what Halo is are gamers...gamers don't make up a very big portion of this world's population. And how many gamers would pay money to see Halo? Maybe half of gamers...let's face it people, for every gamer that loves Halo, there are 3 that hate it. I'm not saying that this couldn't be a major success, I'm just saying that there's a good chance that it won't... haha, you have no ide how many that bought halo! Plus even if the movie sucks gamers will go and see it... I would....

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eh, who cares about halo anyways

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I just hope this movie becomes a success because Halo is such a mad gaming series I actually want to see it on the big-screen at the movies.

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Good. A movie is a BAAADD idea. Invest the money in Halo 3 instead. I don't want to sit though a 3 hour yawn-a-thon, I want to activily paticipate in an immersive 20 hour adventure with me as the hero. The xbox 360 has the power to create a movie-like gaming experience which beats watching a movie by a million percent. This is what movie makers don't understand; watching and playing are 2 totally different experiences. And it's why movies based on games will never work.

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I hope all of you realize that this movie will never be created...there's way too big of a risk for this movie to completely flop. I mean, think about it. The only people who know what Halo is are gamers...gamers don't make up a very big portion of this world's population. And how many gamers would pay money to see Halo? Maybe half of gamers...let's face it people, for every gamer that loves Halo, there are 3 that hate it. I'm not saying that this couldn't be a major success, I'm just saying that there's a good chance that it won't...

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NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO oh and it got a crazy fanboy base because it owns you more than uberness. I played endgame wow vincent....halo owns more than wow. get over it. twitch strat skills of halo and unreal 2k4 will always own a repeated sequence of pressing AOE...sap...dot...yada, yada, yada...i send fear and crit shadowbolt you....or i just lunge melee u and headshot BR you.

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Yeah, Halo is a good game series, but it is the MOST overrated game in the history of gaming. Also, I think it has the craziest fanboy base

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finally some good news involving anything halo, a cancelation still the most over rated game series ever

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THANK GOD!!! i thought Halo 3 was postponed!!

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The DOA movie did not even sound good in theory. No implants = no resemblence to the DOA girls. I digress. What a bummer to hear, I was looking forward to this movie.

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noooooooooooooo!

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A halo movie is in theory cool. but so is every other movie IN THEORY. anyone who liekd the resident evil movies were communists.

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hurry up and just hire ven diesle hes tall enough and has a deep voice like mc i really hope they make movie of this but its taking to long

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too bad. Hope they spend the money on something better though

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Maybe spend the money on some indie or sundance type stuff. Box office stuff is GARBAGE!

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It's a sign, there should be NO Halo movie. This will just ruin the Halo story.

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where's my Dead Rising movie?? I can't get enough brains!!!

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kane 04 i agree that doom was stupid and it shouldnt be a first person movie but i think in th hands of that fat guy who directed loerd of the rings and king kong( great friggin movies) even if he is only exec producer he can bring out the stuff we love about halo ( i love shiny armor jk)

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halo is great game and i hope it's movie to be like the game I hope the film will worth waiting...

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halo is a game, did you want another doom-like-movie? BaillieBoy is right, an MGS movie will be much more interesting..

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Good. Now get to work on Killzone The Movie

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LordBraz You said it best. Doom is a mega hit in the gaming industry, and when Doom 4 approaches, the gaming community will be on edge. So it's fair to say that the greatness of gameplay does not always translate well to its adaptation on film. So to see the Doom movie being as mediocre as it was, I would hope that another game to movie project, like Halo, will be given more attention, and not rushed in order to profit from the current level of buzz that comsumers hang on to when a title reaches the level of the above mentioned hits, because the buzz always dies down. Let Halo 3 reignite the world with a buzz, and I imagine that the Halo film project will start spinning its wheels again.

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Good Decision. Better to make it as good as possible and talk this out rather than throwing the cash around making it bad.

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thats a shame... I know soo many people eagerly awaiting the release of this movie, and im still unsure on what they ar to base the movie on. there's three games, and four books, so would they cram it all into a trilogy? a two to three hour long movie would never hold all the details Bungie have made...

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as long as it's better than the DOOM movie

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at least the film never had a chance of being bad :) (well, other than any game to movie is pretty lame)

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good decision.

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Even if it was a horrible game, which I seriously doubt, millions of people will buy it. 'strue... When I finally sat down to play Halo 2, after reading review after review giving top marks, I was a little surprised to see widespread popup during cutscenes, muddy graphics in spots, a bit of a disjointed story that you had to play through a couple times to make sense of, some linear and unimaginative level design (ripped right from H1, or at least similar enough that I couldn't tell the difference in spots)... all things seen as reasons for lower marks in other games but not even given a passing mention in most H2 reviews. We can always ignore the little things for titles we are already convinced we're going to love... Not to say it's not a great game, but personal preference has a tendancy to shine through in reviews.

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y mgs has a way much better storyline and besides, i have seen enough of these dumb alien movies:)

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Whatever, just let me get my Halo 3 on Nov 1, 2007 (if you believe gamestop) and I'll worry about the movie later.

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Who cares about Halo when there could be an MGS movie, seriously?

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Halo 3 will not fail. On name alone it will bank near record number of sales. Even if it was a horrible game, which I seriously doubt, millions of people will buy it. Also, as for Halo killers, what ever happened to that Killzone game? Oh well...Face it fanboys and girls, all three systems are here to stay, and they will all have amazing, and different, games. Find the system that fits for you, and stick by it, but don't be blindly loyal to anything just for the sake of the brand name.

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dc345601 Was anyone really surprised by this information? When was the last time you saw a movie based off a video game do really well? - Surprising as it may seem, the Resident Evil movies have turned a pretty decent profit; thus continuation of the franchise. Silent Hill did pretty well as well (And is one of the better offerings, even if the second half lets it down) if I recall correctly. I have to admit, with names as big as Halo and Jackson flying around, it's hard to see how this could have gone south. But I expect it will be picked up sooner or later.

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LOL probably one of the greatest news ive heard in a long time. Keep up the good work Microsoft. Whats next, a Halo strap-on.

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Ashmodai69 : nice try :P

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Sony pictures should strike up a deal with them, them will help with the movie as long as Microsoft release Halo 3 on the PS3

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release it when it's ready

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Toadstool1969 "EvilGil said, "i cant wait till halo 3 fails!!!!!! There will be plenty of ( halo killer ) games on the ps3." EvilGil = dork fanboy" Toadstool1969= also dork fanboy

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Meh. Probably wasn't gonna see it anyways. *shrugs*

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it will still be good. i dont doubt it. Peter and Neil arent gonna just half-a$$ it out and put out something thats not good. they'll deliver. however unfortunate it may be though that its delayed. that kinda sucks. i want to see it soo bad. haha oh well, nonetheless it will get here eventually.

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Here we go with playstation fans vs xbox fans, let me say this, WHO CARES. Everybody is mad that Halo is not on the playstaion, GOOD, be mad...hahaha. Halo 3 will ROCK and hopefully the movie will also..lol

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this movie could have been good..ahh well...all i need is a warhammer 40K movie...GORE FEST!

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said, "" EvilGil = dork fanboy

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i cant wait till halo 3 fails!!!!!! There will be plenty of ( halo killer ) games on the ps3.

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Was anyone really surprised by this information? When was the last time you saw a movie based off a video game do really well?

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"you can't polish a turd. although somehow EA get reeeeeallly close. " That made my day.

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Perhaps it is for the best that the movie not even be released at all. Considering the ratio of good movie adaptations of videogames to bad ones, the risk, even with proper funding and peter jackson, is excessive.

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The little remaining respect I had for Microsoft is now gone. Time to dig out my copy of Linux.

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