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Halo movie officially postponed

Sad news today for Halo fanatics, the movie has been officially postponed. The postponement stems from Fox and Universal recently pulling out of the project. It's worth noting that the production team is still fully behind first time feature director, Neill Blomkamp. Here is the official statement:

"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 fulfill 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."

Whether or not you believe it when corporations say that they're "doing it for the fans," it's heartening to note that the movie is not canceled (though AICN isn't so sure). Then again, oftentimes, movies that take forever to develop eventually fall flat (D&D, anyone?). At any rate, we'd speculate that you won't see any Halo movie before 2008. But hey, at least they're finally rolling out new info about Halo 3, right?

[Thanks, Paul]

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1. i guess even microsoft with all it's money can't get the MPAA and their money grabing suits with their 1950s business model to play nice.

thanks Fox dickhead suits, you killed halo the movie.

Well i guess that means MGS can put Halo 3 out as now we don't need the whole cross-promotional release tied to the movie,

IMO this not so bad as it being released and doing badly maybe they will realized a strait to DVD movie would probly turn a better profit.

Just take the Halo wars production team and extend the halo wars trailer for another 120 mins im sure everyone wants to see how that battle ends. copy to dvd

profit!

Posted at 11:03AM on Oct 31st 2006 by joe 2 stars

2. Stupid studios!

Bill Gates should just finance the whole thing himself ($150 million? Pocket change!) and tell the studios to go screw themselves.

Or maybe the deal should have been something like "look, we keep creative direction and most of the profit, but we'll grant you free Windows Vista and Office 2007 licenses for your whole organization" :p

Posted at 2:19PM on Oct 31st 2006 by asurroca 0 stars

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