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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This is getting Serious! I hope they pull through.

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Damn suits need to get their heads out of their asses and realize that if they create a quality Halo movie, it will be one of the biggest grossing movies, ever. That is a fact. I'm not some fanboy, i think the first one was better than the second and that the game is slightly overrated, slightly. But in all truthfullness, this is the biggest mistake that the suits can make. Yeah its gonna cost you a pretty penny, but an action sci-fi movie naturally costs a lot to make (the good ones at least). I believe it will be LOTR all over again with Fox and Universal Bigwigs kicking themselves for not picking it up and swallowing the price tag when it's all said and done. I mean seriously, they let Tom Cruise make Multi-Million dollar movies, why can't Peter Jackson oversee another without the suits getting their panties in a bunch. It just goes to show you how much of a generational gap their is in the movie industry. They just see it as another videogame movie (not directed by Uwe Boll, so that should at least be worth something) that will be a waste of time and money. This is the movie millions of people were looking forward to when it was announced last year. I was even excited. With Jackson producing you know he's only gonna expect quality and that's what drove up the price tag, but it will be worth it in the end. So you puss bag suits need to stop penny pinching and let the movie become what it is. If it does somehow lose money, then you can churn out more lame unoriginal sequels that most dumb movie goers see to make it up.

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thank god there taking this movie seriously so we dont get another doom or any other bad game movie

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Someone tell me this is part of the new ARG for Halo 3...please. Anybody? It's not real...it's not real *curls up in the fetal position, and begins rocking back and forth in the corner*

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Microsoft and Peter Jackson could finance it, but obviously a lot of people don't know what goes into actually making a movie. Peter Jackson knows some of the production ropes, but not all of them. Most of the time he has 3 to 4 big names with him. If he was to produce this alone, he would be forced to do a lot of things he has never done. Microsoft, well, they could back it, but thats about it. The point of the matter is there is still no distributation company. Jackson is connected, but like I said, he doesn't know all the workings. If Jackson could distribute it, it would be limited (no company, no mass distributation). Microsoft's money isn't a stockpool, its segmented down according to how its needed. The company makes a ton of money, but spends nearly as much. To just drop 250 million on a project would hurt, more than most of you might think.

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we all knew this was coming

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And I thought silent hill was pretty awesome.

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Right, but tony, these studios don't give the producer 200 mill in cash, they provide that money in services, staff, and the studios themselves . That is something Microsoft cannot provide.

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DAMN!

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MS has more than enough money to finance the movie by them selves...they are just exteremly chincy with it.

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I knew it was too good to be true. And in a way im glad to see it end.

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I kind of hope this never comes out to theaters. I have a feeling it will destroy the HALO name. Like the Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter movies. Apparently, movies based off games never work.

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Read this review of Garland's script and tell me why MS didn't just finance it themselves. I got chills. To a non-gamer, Halo is pretty much Aliens starring Boba Fett. How could that not work?! Haha! your right i never thought of it that way, (boba fett and Aliens MS and PJ could both finance the movie themselves and take a bigger cut... where's the problem, im almost positive everyperson who has ever bought Halo would see this movie whether or not it looks good or not but just out curiosity, + every other person who see's it as a sci-fi that they may wanna see,

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well at least we know the movie isnt being rushed out the door, so i guess that gives them time to actually make it a decent film, just one thing Peter Jackson; please for the love of God keep Uwe Bowl out of it.

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the moderators really like this topic. i guess ill have to scratch one of the things i wanted to see off of the list, atleast for a few more years. by that time i wont want to see it.

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Microsoft has the money to shell a film out they are just being cheap@zz

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Im a big Halo fan and I actually like this news! We all know the history of videogame-movie is not a good one. Resident Evill, a game that has a great story full of science, cloning, bioweapons the movie turned out to be s**t. 28 days later is a better Resident Evil movie than the actual movies based on the game. Well I hope they write a good screenplay, I hope they dont go too much into CGs, I hope P.Jackson does a good job, I would like to see a Black Hawk Down/ Saving private ryan against friggin aliens type of movie. Lets wait a little longer for a better product.

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NUUUUU /CRY

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that movie will probably make 200 million on me alone.

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surprise, another delay for somthing halo related....lol I am sure this movie will be great, if it ever makes it to theatres....

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Too bad...with Jackson on board, it most likely would have been the best video game to movie adaptation to date.

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:lol: @ this outcome.

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200 million?! The movie would never even make a profit that big no matter what. Movies are great with even small budgets, I mean look at SH. It rocked and they didn't use a 100 mil budget. I don't see how it can cost that much.

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Read this review of Garland's script and tell me why MS didn't just finance it themselves. I got chills. To a non-gamer, Halo is pretty much Aliens starring Boba Fett. How could that not work?! << LINK REMOVED >>

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ricsuave, yes you have a good point there, lol

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all the playstation fanboys jump around in thier living rooms. No, im not a playstation fanboy.

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jameston80, true. It might be a little too loose for him tho......

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dustopants, good point. That's what I was wondering from the beginning. By the way, did you know that the PS3 ships in 16 days? Yeah, I didn't care either.

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ricsuave, sooooooo funny, ya sony_boy_18 is gonna have tons of fun with his ports, he might even use the hole in the middle of his blue ray discs, lol

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When the movie comes around it's still going to be a mediocre movie of a mediocre game series.

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Thank you Gamespot Moderator!

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yeah... so... doesn't Microsoft have enough money to just fund this project themselves? I mean, it's been announced at what? $30 million? that's like pocket change to Bill Gates... seriously... they're definitely going to profit a hell of a lot more from this movie than that... they could just have one logo in the beginning "Microsoft Film Studios"

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What kills me most about this information isn't that companies backed out for financial reasons, it's because of the whole "profit sharing scheme". Please, can we just come out with something that will have TONS of sales and not focus on the blasted bottom line for ONCE?! If any company can survive something like this, it's MS, so here's to them. *cheers*

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I don't care about the Halo movie anymore... just make the game and stop milking it.

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I guess I'll have to stick to the graphic novels (which are good). I hope they find a way to bring the Halo franchise to the screen. I was so looking forward to this film. Patience is a virtue. :) November 17th, baby! ;)

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ricsuave, dude, that was funny, soooooo true

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Well, this can only mean one thing. In a few years they will get some money, rush through the whole damn thing, and make a crappy movie. Hopefully (fingers crossed) they wait a few years then do it right

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hey i am sony fanboy but i am also a halo fanboy...so nooo!!! damn Fox & Universal!!!

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heh, hilarious

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What's this? Something related to Halo being Delayed? Why am I not surprised??

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BOB SAGET!! This really sucks. But at least we get the new Halo novel today.

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It would have been a bad movie anyway. Nobody talks how good the story is in the games, so why should the movie be any better?

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Guess it's better to have a strong foundation then to just make some stupid movie just for the sake of milking the game franchise.

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"Vong_Assassin YES! LET IT DIE!!! PLEASE!!!!!" ^rofl^. The story is not that bad... Halo 2 has a good story.

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