Posted on October 29, 2007,

Halo Movie Still Happening


While director Neill Blomkamp claimed the Halo movie was “entirely dead” recently, that doesn’t mean the release of a Halo movie in one form or another wasn’t going to happen. While Universal and Fox, the two studios who planned on financing and distributing the movie have dropped out, Peter Jackson’s involvement means pre-production at Weta in New Zealand doesn’t have to stop.

“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,” explained Ken Kamins, representative for exec producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. “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 Bungie, respectfully declined.”

Kamins proceeded to also shoot down rumors pertaining to the budget of the film.  “The only budget the filmmakers every spoke about was $145 million less the 12.5% rebate that you get from shooting in New Zealand, which would put it at about $128 million.”

One other point of concern is of course with Neill Bromkamp, who is viewed as a novice director who shouldn’t be at the helm of a project with such a massive budget. But Kamins had words on this subject as well, reiterating the confidence Jackson has in Bromkamp. “Everybody is supremely confident in Neall. Part of what excited Peter and Fran was Neill’s vision. We’re very confident this film will move forward with the creative partners intact, who will take the film to production.”

With the absolutely massive numbers Halo 3 put up last month, you’ve gotta think this is going to eventually get done. It’s just a matter of finding the right people to work with. The Halo film is still coming, it’s just going to take longer than was expected.

via Variety

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12 Comments on Halo Movie Still Happening


On October 29, 2007 at 8:07 pm

I was a bit worried at first about the idea of a live-action Halo film, given the tendency of game-based movies to suck, but “Landfall” changed my mind about that. I hope they do make it; they seem to have found some good people to get involved in the film.


On October 29, 2007 at 10:57 pm

I said this earlier, making a good quality Halo movie would be like printing your own money.


On October 30, 2007 at 1:48 am

Worst Idea Ever.


On October 30, 2007 at 5:14 am

If they are still trying to get financial backing it would be funny if a BluRay exclusive production company like MGM, 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Columbia Pictures or Sony did end up financing it.

havoc of smeg

On October 30, 2007 at 10:43 am


it aint the worst.
i could probably come up with a few worse idea’s!


On October 30, 2007 at 4:27 pm

@ weclock

Objectivity isn’t really your strong point, is it? Care to tell us why this is the “Worst Idea Ever”? I bet you can’t come up with a coherent reason why this is the “Worst Idea Ever”.


On October 30, 2007 at 6:47 pm

ooooh, snap !


On October 31, 2007 at 4:09 pm

I guess I win my bet. :lol: :lol: :lol:


On October 31, 2007 at 4:38 pm

Hey, just because I’m not here, doesn’t mean you win anything. I didn’t even notice there was a comment until recently.

The reason I think it’s the worst idea ever?

Because the game and the books are all set in an overdone setting, with overdone plot lines, and would be a hook to younger gamers, as the game is rated M but the movie would be pg-13 as it would be only ‘fantasy violence’ even if you saw boobs, it’d be pg-13 so it’d still be welcoming a younger audience.

In my opinion Micro$haft needs to market appropriately, instead of pushing it’s products on kids.

Not only that, but nobody would see the movie anyway, any body who did would probably have pirated it.

I mean, according to the movie industry no body wants to see movies anymore they just want to play halo multiplayer online.

that, and since when has there been a good movie based on a video game?
This whole thing is a pile of horse crap.


On November 1, 2007 at 1:25 am

Silly me. And here I thought that the fabrication of bacteriological and nuclear weapons, slavery, racism, war and eating a big mac at McDonald’s amongst other things could contend for the title of the “Worst Idea Ever”. Thanks for the enlightenment! :???:


On November 11, 2007 at 12:53 am


Whenever I am reading someones opinion in relation to games and they use the term M$, Micro$haft,or any other bastardization for said company, I stop reading, why? Because it was cute at first, now it just displays ignorance. God opinions make my head hurt sometimes.


On November 28, 2007 at 7:13 am

hey i think the halo movie would be a pretty good movie cause they’re thinkin about makin it up to MA or R plus the game was not rated M it was always MA ok god who cares if it suks the point is that it will be a relief that we saw it as quick as possible so we dont have to wait and get excited then find out its a peice of crap.
Me personally i loved those games and id love to see that movie