(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
A Halo film has been in the works ever since 2005, with rights being passed from one studio to the next. Since then Microsoft has had the rights to a Halo movie reverted back to them and they wouldn’t let it go. Well they would, but not without a nice safety net on their terms, in case the project “crashed and burned”. Back in 2005 their demand was $10 million against 15 percent of gross; almost every studio passed except for 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios. They payed Microsoft $5 million to option the film and 10 percent of total grosses, in 2006 20th Century Fox threatened pull out of the project alongside Universal. After issuing a deal to then director Peter Jackson to cut “first-dollar” deals, or the largest cost on effects and locations, it resulted in a stalemate and the project has since been left in the trash.
Or has it?
At a recent conference, the Future of Television East conference, Microsoft’s Frank O’Connor answered the question of a Halo movie once again. The only difference this time was instead of his same old answer of a Halo movie “not happening” the company always gives they finally had a true answer. Thanks to the New York Videogame Critics Circle (via CVG) who were on hand to transcribe the panel.
“There will be a Halo movie. We don’t need a movie. But we’d like a movie. We’d like the moms of gamers to see the movies because they would love our characters. Maybe we’ll even fund it ourselves.”
So they want a movie about alien invasion and intergalactic warfare to be targeted to your mom? Could they have their helmets on just a little tight or are they thinking of a more dramatic series? It be great, no make that awesome movie, but how about a TV series? Almost a Battle Star Galactica type of series with a very emotional feel to it. Here’s a conversation overheard after the panel:
A TV series could very well be the best idea since Halo: Reach was released. Even as a limited series it could potentially lead to even greater hype for an actual movie, just think of the revenue. While this is all talk right now it could become reality in the next few years. Who care’s if Microsoft’s got a non-negotiable contract of their property, it could very well be worth any company’s risk.
Via: Bleeding Cool