Halo producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, along with Microsoft, are putting the much-anticipated movie version of the hit video game franchise on ice. Following recent reports that development of the film would continue in spite of studio backers Fox and Universal dropping out, a press release being distributed by Jackson's WingNut Films today confirms that Halo is being indefinitely postponed.
Here's their statement regarding the film, sure to be greeted with howls of discontent by fans:
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.
Well, the bright side is that the film won't be rushed into production and that could give it a better chance of not getting screwed up.
The Halo movie had been set for a 2008 release. Blomkamp was to direct from a script by Alex Garland (28 Days Later) with rewrites by D.B. Weiss (Ender's Game) and Josh Olsen (A History of Violence). Now, it's no telling when the film will find its way to theaters, if at all.
IGN will have more Halo news as it breaks.
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