No Surprise - Microsoft Says the Halo Movie is Still On Hold
Aww shucks! Last weekend a big rumor hit the web that claimed that Steven Spielberg was now attached as a producer (instead of Peter Jackson) on the Halo movie. Although IESB said that they had confirmed this multiple times, we sensed it was just either a very early development or a big rumor. Since that news hit, other people closer to Microsoft have tried to get confirmation, including the gaming website Kotaku. But alas, what they discovered, is what we expected all along - that it's still on hold. Oh and that they have "nothing further to share with respect to plans regarding a Halo movie." Of course they have nothing!
No one is talking about the Halo movie because either they a) just don't know anything about or b) don't want to lose their job leaking information that is sensitive. Here's what Kotaku heard from Microsoft:
"We're glad there's still a lot of enthusiasm in the entertainment industry surrounding the idea of a Halo movie. That said, the Halo feature film remains on hold as we focus on projects like Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach."
I'd take that response with a grain as salt, same as the Spielberg rumor. I hate to bust Kotaku's balls, as they're a good site, but this is pretty much the most bland response from someone not in the know I've ever seen. First off, the mention of Halo 3: ODST is an indication that their contact is from the gaming side of Microsoft. Even if Spielberg was starting early work on Halo, no one inside of the gaming department would know that was even happening. So really, this update is kind of useless, but people want to hear about it. Hell, I'm excited and I want to hear about it, but it's best everyone calm down until there are real updates.
In the meantime, while we wait years for the next official update, you might as well head over to Film School Rejects or PopWatch for some great articles about what Neill Blomkamp's Halo movie would've looked like.