As movies like Avatar and District 9 have shown, movie goers still love sci-fi content. The Halo video game property, with its highly detailed world, story and characters, is perhaps one of the best suited games for the silver screen, but previous negotiations for the film production fell apart. With Peter Jackson and District 9 director Neil Blomkamp no longer in the picture, Microsoft will have to find new partners if they do choose to leverage the IP in Hollywood still.
One thing is for sure: even though Bungie won't have any say in the matter, the developer would love to see a Halo movie get made. Speaking to IndustryGamers as part of an in-depth interview, Bungie's Brian Jarrard said that, if anything, following Halo: Reach's launch later this year, the market should be even more ripe for a Halo movie.
"Are there more stories to be told in the Halo universe? Absolutely. Do I think Reach will be the biggest game ever and probably attract an even larger audience to the fan community? Yes, I actually do. I would think that the marketplace for a movie would be more ripe post Reach than it even was after Halo 3, so I'm willing to bet that it's not a matter of if, just when," he said.