Microsoft Says Halo Movie Will Happen 'When the Time is Right'
by Alex Billington
April 8, 2010
This is pretty much more of the same, but oh well. Although IGN (via ComingSoon) was able to get a new quote out of Microsoft Game Studios' Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor about the Halo movie, it's not exactly what we were hoping to hear. Our last update (appropriately titled "No Surprise") from late last year confirmed that a cinematic adaptation of the video game is still on hold, which still seems to be the case. However, O'Connor did address the "issue" at the MI6 Conference in San Francisco last week and basically said that it will happen, just not anytime soon, as they've still got a lot of planning to do first.
"We're going to make a movie when the time is right," he said. "We own the IP. If we want to make a movie, the scale of all the other stuff that we do changes dramatically. We make tens and tens of millions of dollars on ancillary stuff, toys, apparel, music and publishing. If we do a movie all of that will grow exponentially. We have some numbers if we do a movie, but it changes everything. It also changes our target and age demographic."
Like I said, not that much of an update, pretty much the same stuff we've been hearing for a while. I'd love to one day see a Halo movie get made the same as I'd love to see Robert Zemeckis return to live-action and Ridley Scott direct that Alien prequel (or a Blade Runner sequel), but as is always the case with Hollywood, anything can happen. IGN also says that this confirms that Microsoft does at least see the financial value in making a movie, but is still waiting. So, while this isn't news that a Halo movie is coming anytime soon, it is at least news to counter everyone who still believes that it won't ever happen - it's just a matter of time!