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Halo On Holdo
Videogame film hits save point

31 October 2006  |  Written by   |  Source: WingNut Films

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Ready for an earth-shattering shock? The Halo film has been shoved into limbo. What do you mean you saw that coming?

Yes, it’s hardly much of a surprise that, since both Fox and Universal pulled out of the Halo development following money worries, Peter Jackson’s WingNut Films has announced that the film is now on hold.

The text of the company’s statement does its best to remain upbeat about the situation, but it can’t avoid giving off a serious whiff of trouble: “As was previously confirmed, we deeply regret that both Universal and Fox did not choose to move forward with financing the Halo film under the original terms of the agreement. At this time Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, along with their partner, Microsoft, have mutually agreed to postpone making a feature film based on the Halo video game universe until we can fulfil the promise we made to millions of Halo fans throughout the world that we would settle for no less than bringing a first class film to the big screen. We are fully supportive of Director Neill Blomkamp's vision of the film. Neill is a tremendously gifted filmmaker and his preliminary work on Halo is truly awe-inspiring. 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.”

Halo was supposed to invade our screens in 2008. When can you expect it now? Er… We’ll get back to you on that.

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This film has to be made and has to be created by peter and fran. Halo is a massive franchise but it does have a clever back story and has amazing potential for cinematic awesomeness!!! But it must be done right and at the right time, not a rushed fooked up effort like Doom which was pathetic and a disgrace to a fantastic game. More

Posted by IstariAllStar08 at 22:26 on 23 April 2008 | Report This Post

I think maybe if Jackson had decided to direct the movie himself, a) we would be seeing it very soon and b) it might have a chance of being an ok film, rather than a shit one, that all game movies are More

Posted by Troopeford at 14:41 on 15 March 2008 | Report This Post

Glue sniffers
What is going on with top movie top brass, what more do they want - Peter Jackoson and one of the best game stories to date, I think they should stop sniffing glue and giving the green light to films like Street fighter, Mortal Kombat and Doom - go outside there toxic fume infested offices, get some fresh air, clear there heads and get in touch with the world. More

Posted by ouija board at 17:46 on 02 November 2006 | Report This Post

Lets get this straight, Fox turned down an Alien 5 treatment by James Cameron (which Ridley Scott was interested in directing) because they wanted to make AVP. Now Fox have turned down Peter Jackson and his teams' take on Halo........ but they're still stumping up the readies for AVP2!!! Numpties More

Posted by monkeyman1976 at 15:08 on 01 November 2006 | Report This Post

I do not get it?
What the fuck, I mean a new Street Fighter, there was mortal kombat 1 and 2 fucking resident evil 1/2 and its got number 3 and also doom. Lets face it they have all been shit, then there was dead or alive so why the fuck cant they make halo or even a metal gear solid? I mean why continue to make shit and cancel out the good stuff? More

Posted by Tony_Two_Times at 02:34 on 01 November 2006 | Report This Post

I still see it happening not that far down the road. Maybe in a different form from what it is now, though. Shame. More

Posted by LongLiveTheKong at 22:34 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

effortless makes a good point here. Also, considering I read WB and Paramount are interested: this really is deja vu if you know about LOTR being a 2 part Miramax production. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 21:32 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

RE: shame...but
L: danbo1138 its a shame but peter jackson now has a little more time on his hands,could we see the HOBBIT soner than we think? or="#006600"]But isn't the problem with the Hobbit the legal issues surrounding it and who owns the rights? More

Posted by Dave B at 20:51 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

It actually makes sense
With Halo 3 coming out very soon, the movie could always be labelled as a simple repeat of of the events in the first game, and if there was a sequel the second as well. With Bungie saying this will be the final game in the story arch of Halo, it means the films could be scripted with a view to a trilogy entirely, where they could take certain pieces from each game and work on the story and character archs in each potential movie and work and develop a better cinematic take, rather than simply r More

Posted by effortless at 17:07 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

its a shame but peter jackson now has a little more time on his hands,could we see the HOBBIT soner than we think? More

Posted by danbo1138 at 16:53 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

its a shame but peter jackson now has a little more time on his hands,could we see the HOBBIT sooner than we think? More

Posted by danbo1138 at 16:52 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

if Jackson have'd signed on as director like EVERYONE wanted him to, this film would hvae already been in prodcution. More

Posted by Hughezy at 12:05 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

And they'll always be video game movies clouting about as long as there will be video games and if theres some entertaining material Hollywood will option it. One of these days tho we will get a video game movie of such astounding quality that we'll alll pass out in astonishment. I was really hoping (and still am) that this would be the Halo movie, but for every one, theres fifty rather crappy adaptions, noone ever says we should cut down on all these book adaptions do they? As soon as we get a More

Posted by effortless at 11:03 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

You'd think with Microsoft banging on about how important the property was to them and how it had to be made right they'd be willing to wade in to make sure it goes through. As long as the next thing Peter Jackson goes on to do is 'The Hobbit' I won't mind that much. More

Posted by jpt1976 at 10:14 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Bupesh
While Microsoft could stump up the cash, and i'm sure the thought's crossed their mind the issue is distrubution you need someone to actually distribute the film to cinemas and that's probably more hassle than its worth for a single movie, no matter how cool it could look seeing the Chief on screen. More

Posted by effortless at 09:53 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

Lets finish the job!!!!
George Lucas said the studios were getting twitchy about big budget movies and he was not wrong.After this years really poor crop of box office films I can understand it.Disappointed!!!!!But the promise of major talent doing a superb sci-fi film is now blown.Better now than later when the accountants and execs panic and go for the safety net with the result that another dud comes mutilated to the big screens.Still, I'm going with George.TV is now taking all the risks and producing some of the b More

Posted by Dances with Weasels at 09:29 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Halo and Goodbye
L: olirog Just as well… aren't we tired of videogame "movies"? sp; I agree with this statement. More

Posted by WilliamMunny at 09:23 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

Yes its a video game movie, but giving the story, the director and producers this could even be an academy award winner, especially with Peter Jackson producing, so dont judge it till you see it. More

Posted by nath87 at 09:21 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Halo and Goodbye
why doesn't microsoft just stump up the cash? they litteraly have tons of piles of cash laying around bill's office More

Posted by bupesh at 09:15 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

Halo and Goodbye
Just as well… aren't we tired of videogame "movies"? More

Posted by olirog at 08:54 on 31 October 2006 | Report This Post

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