Halo Movie Not Arriving Anytime Soon, Says Microsoft
Microsoft has officially cancelled out any and every rumor regarding a possible Halo movie, that’s rumored to be directed by Ridley Scott. According to reports, Microsoft has confirmed that the company doesn’t have any plans on making a Halo movie. It's not arriving anytime soon.
In a recent development discussing the same, the company issued an official statement to Eurogamer following number of reports suggesting that Alien director Ridley Scott had signed up to produce a full Halo movie.
"The Halo franchise encompasses many elements, including games, action figures, novels and more," a Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer.
"As always, we have many projects in the works that offer us the opportunity to bring in new audiences to the franchise, as we did in the past with Halo Legends and Halo: Forward Unto Dawn.”
"We plan to continue telling the Halo story through innovative channels, but there are no plans for a Halo motion picture at this time," the statement added.
Rumors surrounding a potential Halo movie kicked off back in 2005, when it was reported that The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit director Peter Jackson was involved with the production of a Halo feature film.
“As a gaming fan, I'm excited to bring Halo's premise, action, and settings to the screen with all the specificity and reality today's technology can provide," Jackson stated at that time.
"Fran [Jackson’s wife and partner Fran Walsh] and I are intrigued by the unique challenges this project offers, and we're delighted to be working again with our friends at Universal, and with our new ones at Fox and Microsoft. I'm a huge fan of the game and look forward to helping it come alive on the cinema screen."
However, the movie was later postponed in 2009, with the overall concept for the movie eventually entirely scrapped later in 2009 with Jackson telling Joystiq that “Microsoft has a whole strategy with the Halo property, and when the rights expired with the two studios, that sort of ended my involvement with the project.”
“That fell apart because of internal politics at Fox and Universal. It had nothing to do with the budget or anything else. In fact, we hadn't even been greenlit at all at that point.”
While a movie for Halo never materialized, Halo fans were indeed treated to a Halo 4 video series, Forward Unto Dawn, which boasted over 55 million viewers.