Halo Movie Still Alive and Under Prep, Peter Jackson's Rep Says
The Halo movie has been in and out of the news and in and out of production for quite a while now. At one point I decided it was no longer worthwhile to talk about every little news bit because it would likely turn out to be a false rumor or add nothing to the whole situation. However, today's report does add something new. This update comes from a gaming website named ComputerAndVideoGames.com with quotes from Ken Kamins who is Peter Jackson's representative. Kamins explains what went on last year when Fox backed out as well as the latest on the movie's progress.
Last year, when the buzz was high on the Halo movie, news hit that the studios behind the film, namely Fox and Universal, had both backed out and that it was temporarily shelved. Kamins clarified what actually happened, as the rumors were saying that it was the rising budget combined with newcomer Neill Blomkamp, who Peter Jackson chose as the director, which caused the studios to back out. However, Kamins explained what actually happened, and that it wasn't the budget at all.
"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," says Kamins.
"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."
In essence, the studios weren't satisfied with the cut that Microsoft would be making if the film was successful. Given Microsoft makes more money and is worth more than some movie studios, I'm not sure why they either wouldn't finance it on their own or come to some deal that would satisfy them anyway.
Although Neill Blomkamp has never directed a feature-length movie before, it doesn't mean that he certainly couldn't direct a money-making Halo film. Here's the primary reason: take a look at his three short Halo films he created for advertising Halo 3's launch in September. Those short films should show you how impressive a Halo movie from Neill would be, and I think by now the studios are realizing this.
"Everybody is supremely confident in Neill," Kamins said. "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."
Kamins goes on to say that prep work on the film at Weta Digital and Weta Workshop is still underway. Given the $300 million+ opening week of sales for Halo 3 in September, some movie studios definitely have a renewed interest. I have been meaning to write an article on whether a Halo movie would flop or succeed, but it's been tough collecting all the data. Look forward to that article soon, as in the end I think a Halo movie under Neill and Jackson would be a bigger success than 300.