4th November 2005
Steps In As Executive Producer Video game movies have a less than impressive history at the box office, and it dosen't help that most of them feature bad acting, bad writing, and bad direction. Gamers were holding their breath when it was announced that Bungie's Halo was getting the film treatment, especially when the rumor went around that cinema slumlord Uwe Boll was handling the movie. Luckily, the Halo flick is in much better hands. Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has agreed to serve as executive producer for the movie and is also bringing in the help of his partner/wife Fran Walsh, Weta Digital, and Weta Workshop. Although Jackson will not direct the film, his influence as executive producer will be invaluable as he oversees the project. "Jackson and Walsh will provide creative counsel on all aspects of the film via their "WingNut Films banner," read a statement from Microsoft. "Jackson's award-winning companies, Weta Digital Ltd. and Weta Workshop Ltd. will provide creatures, miniatures, and visual effects for the production." "I'm a huge fan of the game and I look forward to helping it come alive on the cinema screen," said Jackson. "As a gaming fan, I'm excited to bring Halo's premise, action, and settings to the screen with all the specificity and reality today's technology can provide." Jackson is currently offering his vision for Ubisoft's King Kong game which will come out at the end of November before his movie premiers on December 14.