Universal and Fox Pull Plug on Halo Movie

Hollywood trade journal Variety reported on October 19:

It's game over for Universal's and Fox's participation in the feature adaptation of Microsoft's Halo.

Both studios that agreed to co-finance the Halo movie have abruptly backed out of the project after Microsoft and the filmmakers (Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, etc.) refused to reduce their profit participation. The movie budget was rising above the original projected $135 million and rumored to approach $200 million. Microsoft demanded an up-front payment of $5 million for the film right to be made on October 15, a further payment of 10 percent of gross, and a screenwriter (Alex Garland) and a first-time director (Neill Blomkamp) dictated by Microsoft, Bungie and Peter Jackson.

The studios demanded a pay cut at the last minute before the October 15 deadline. Microsoft, Bungie and the filmmakers said no. So Universal and Fox pulled the plug on the Halo movie.

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HarryEtTubMan4873d ago

Good Halo barely has a story... it's lame.Metal Gear Solid, Hitman, Gears, Spyro and Silent Hill 2 will be plenty.

ruibing4873d ago

What would have been a great irony was if only Fox backed them up and since Fox is Blu Ray exclusive, the Halo movie would become a Blu Ray exclusive release.

jiggyjay4873d ago

well if the movie was made by the time it would've been released on DVD, HD DVD would've been the standard already!!

patriotZero4873d ago

What is Halo's scenario..?!

allforcalisto4873d ago

A scenario is the equivalent of a film script, i think.

whenever squeenix refer to a scenario that's what they mean anywho.

hahaha what would make no sense at all is if sony pictures funded the halo movie.

tbh if there was a halo movie i'd hope that it focused on the events that take place in the comics.
the idea of us following a protagonist devoid of emotion is pretty meh. Same applies to half-life

Mr PS34873d ago

Because they could'nt find a director who was willing to make the picture quality of the movie worse than the game !!

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