Microsoft in talks with Halo film?
Apparently Peter Jackson's representative has said that Microsoft are in talks with a new distribution company to strike a deal for the Halo film.
Ken Kamins has said that talks are under way and that pre-production is still on going over at Weta with the company still working on the film under Peter Jackson's guidance.
The story from play.tm credits a Variety Magazine article, although there are no links to confirm it, and a quick search of Variety reveals nothing, the story has a quote from Kamins about the studio departure and of the proposed director Neill Blomkamp who thinks that the whole project is dead.
“Basically, they said that in order to move forward with the film, the filmmakers had to significantly reduce their deals. They waited until the last minute to have this conversation. Peter and Fran, after speaking with their producing partners and with Microsoft and Bungie, respectfully declined.”
Well that does fit with the view of Bungie and Microsoft that we've had to date. They believe that this project is big and they aren't going to compromise on any aspect of it. Perhaps that includes the director as Kamins suggests he's actually still on the project and that Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh want him on it.
“Part of what excited Peter and Fran was Neal's vision. We're very confident this film will move forward with the creative partners intact, who will take the film to production”
So what does that mean? They are still keeping Neill Blomkamp at the forefront of the Halo film and looking to keep him on as the Director? Someone should maybe talk with him as he keeps telling people the entire project is dead, well his vision of it anyway.
Perhaps the time is right with Halo 3 doing so well, but they better hurry up and get the studio on board because time is running out on the big upfront sales of Halo 3.