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Halo officially on hold

Halo.jpgHow idiotic can Hollywood be? Halo has officially been put on hold as confirmed by a statement from WingNut Films, yet here we read about a sequel to Street Fighter going ahead? What is going on in their heads?

Here is the statement from WingNut copied in Coming Soon:

"As was previously confirmed, we deeply regret that both Universal and Fox did not choose to move forward with financing the Halo film under the original terms of the agreement. At this time Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, along with their partner, Microsoft, have mutually agreed to postpone making a feature film based on the Halo video game universe until we can fulfill the promise we made to millions of Halo fans throughout the world that we would settle for no less than bringing a first class film to the big screen. We are fully supportive of Director Neill Blomkamp's vision of the film. Neill is a tremendously gifted filmmaker and his preliminary work on Halo is truly awe-inspiring. While it will undoubtedly take a little longer for Halo to reach the big screen, we are confident that the final feature film will be well worth the wait."

Is it no surprise that there are rubbish videogame adaptations out there when movies like Street Fighter and Postal are being made which have paper thin plots, and along comes this incredibly rich and detailed world, filled with ideas and a hungry audience of fans, and the studios drop it?

Sure I understand that Bungie and Microsoft were probably asking a little too much for it, and that that there could have been more negotiation...well, actually I can't, because I wasn't there and I don't know both sides of the story, we only know some press announcements.

How can Uwe Boll continue and a project with this potential not? Well the good news is that there's no half hearted approach and that they are going to hold onto the project until they can get it made to the fullest of its potential...and profits!





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I'm not really familiar with the story of Halo, though I have played the game quite a bit with friends. While I'm not convinced that Hollywood can make a good video game adaptation, I am hopeful that this project will yield a decent flick when it is ready.

I think half-life would make for a cool flick. Thoughts?

Richard, it's all about the magnitude of the budget. Postal and Streetfighter are $20M movies max. Halo I'm sure was targeted at $150M or so. That makes all the difference in the world.

Halo is dead folks, at least for this decade.

IMO we wont be seeing a Halo movie before 2010, to many problems associated with the picutre.

Shame really.

I think Half-Life has the potential of being another plot rich film, but again it's high on visual effects so it will be another struggle to get made I would think.

Triflic, I know the figures involved. Are you suggesting that Postal with a US$150million budget would suddenly become a plot rich, multi layered story? I don't believe so.

Hollywood will make thin, crap, cheap, videogame adaptations for megre profits but they won't look at a rich, expensive, exciting and potentially extremely rewarding videogame adaptation.

Now admittedly we don't know what's happening behind the scenes, but if they will pour out US$200million on a comic book adaptation then what's the difference from a videogame adaptation?

Matt, Halo isn't dead, you've just said so yourself. I agree though I think we're in for a long wait for technology costs to come down to meet the requirements of Bungie and WingNut.

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