Friday, October 20, 2006
Halo Movie In Trouble.
Some sad new today boys, unless a big studio picks up Halo, there will be no movie (Maybe a good thing?). Here's the run down:
Both Universal and Fox Studios have pulled out of the Halo movie adaptation, citing rising movie costs and concern over the inexperience of first time director Neil Blomkamp. As the budget was rumored to be edging closer to $200 million, and Microsoft getting a lion's share of the profits, the studio execs decided it was time to pull the plug.
According to Jackson's agent at International Creative Management, Ken Kamins, "What happened was this: Universal, on behalf of both studios, asked for a meeting with the filmmakers just prior to the due date of a significant payment. Basically, they said that in order to move forward with the film, the filmmakers had to significantly reduce their deals. They waited until the last minute to have this conversation. Peter and Fran, after speaking with their producing partners and with Microsoft and Bungee (the studio that designed the original game), respectfully declined."
(Taken from Variety)
"Everybody is supremely confident in Neal," Kamins said. "Part of what excited Peter and Fran was Neal's vision. We're very confident this film will move forward with the creative partners intact, who will take the film to production."
As much as I hate to see this news, movies based on games have always been the pits (Mario Brothers anyone?) Bungie with the help of Peter Jackson (LoTR and King Kong) promised to make this not your normal game to movie adaptation though. Well maybe Jackson's clout will get another studio to swoop up this potential cash cow.