U.S. Opening Date: TBA 2012
Based on the popular Microsoft videogame.
After they crash-land on an artificial ring-world called
Halo, a navy captain, his surviving marines, and a
chemically-and-surgically-enhanced super soldier named John-117 "Master
Chief" must find out what the Covenant, the genocidal alien race they
are at war with, are looking for on the ring.
However, Halo holds more secrets than either side
This movie has been officially cancelled due to cost
At one point it was to be directed by South
African-born Neil Blomkamp and produced by
Lord of the Rings supremo
Peter Jackson. Blomkamp directed that famous dancing robot Citroen ad, and
Halo was to be his first movie. The script (already completed) was to be
by Alex Garland, of Sunshine and The
Beach fame. Blomkamp has in the meantime moved on to another project titled
District 9 which he is currently filming in
his native South Africa, while Jackson is going to produce a two-movie
version of Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
Here’s the statement released on Jackson’s web site:
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.
Since then there has been no word on the film being
However with the Halo games being the money-spinners that they
are, don’t expect that Hollywood has completely buried this project. After all,
Halo 3 holds the record for the highest grossing opening day in
entertainment history, making US$170 million in its first twenty-four
hours. Worldwide more than US$300 million worth were sold in the first
week, helping to more than double the sales of the Xbox 360 when compared
with the weekly average before the Halo 3 launch.
So don’t be too surprised to see a Halo movie
being rushed into production if Terminator-director
James Cameron’s similarly-themed Avatar
is a box-office success . . .
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