With the ever increasing PR thunder surrounding Halo 3, it's been easy to forget the video game franchise with low-hanging balls of titanium also had a film aiming to beat the "video game movies suck" standard of property licensing. Many swore the project would fail. I remained the optimist*, which had me weeping pathetic and salty tears of fanboy disappointment when harsh Truth and Reconciliation came down via Fox, Universal and Microsoft: "You know that whole Halo movie project we got you all excited about? Yeah - forget we ever said anything, ok Suckers? Peace out."
Seven months later, it's with muted enthusiasm I bring up the following story-- one that may not technically even be news, but is interesting to anyone with similar and inexplicable yearnings for a Halo movie (which could very well have been a fair amount of fun if you believe anyone close to the project): Peter Jackson is still talking about Halo orbiting the backburner of his full production constellation-- inasmuch as even prognosticating on renewed interest from studios when Halo 3 pulls down the tighty whities of video game sales and paddles bare-assed records into oblivion.
He and partner Fran Walsh would be involved again in Halo only if Blomkamp is the director. "We wouldn't want to do it with anybody else. It'll be Neill's call."
I'm just partially stunned at
I'm not crossing any fingers, but when the chill of spending millions (roughly $150 million at last disclosure-- not counting ad spend, etc.) on a property requiring huge crossover to be considered a studio success fades off, it's simply a matter of when, not if Halo will be made. Regardless, the powers that be better do it quick. Halo is still riding a Zenith that would have fallen out from under so many franchises long ago, but with more and more Halo saturating the market, timing is critical. Thus, if the Halo 3 frenzy kicks off like it's expected to in September, I'd side with
*Halo: My secret shame. And not just the way so many love to fuel their hatred of teenagers in multiplayer. No, I fell for the story. The whole "derivative", "blah-dee-blah did it better", "what story" story.