halo movie

Here’s another installment of the constant battle between Microsoft and Hollywood. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’re familiar with the long developing film adaptation of the popular video game, Halo. We recently posted an article highlighting screenwriter Stuart Beattie’s take on the film, and whether or not it will happen. According to Firstshowing, Microsoft is stating that all plans for a big screen Halo have been put on hold.

There was a huge rumor going around last week that Steven Spielberg would direct the Halo movie, instead of Peter Jackson. After word of that heavy development reached Microsoft via the gaming site Kotaku, they put out this reply:

“We’re glad there’s still a lot of enthusiasm in the entertainment industry surrounding the idea of a Halo movie. That said, the Halo feature film remains on hold as we focus on projects like Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach.”

Boo! That sounds kind of lame, just like the outlandish rumors we’ve been hearing. I definitely don’t believe the hype surrounding Spielberg’s involvement, but I’d love to hear from someone on the movie side of things. Perhaps a direct response from a producer themselves.

Even with this vague statement, there is one thing I can take from this. The movie’s not dead. Microsoft isn’t stupid, they know they are sitting on a fortune with this property.  I don’t have a problem with them waiting it out, as long as it’s for the right studio/director who can adapt Halo to it’s fullest potential.

What do you think about Microsoft keeping the Halo movie on hold?