Hopefully this is the last time for a long time I will have to write up an article concerning the feature film adaptation of Microsoft’s Xbox vid “Halo” as Peter Jackson’s WingNut Films has put out the following release in regards to the project:
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.
While many speculated the inclusion of Jackson’s name would keep the project alive it also looks like Jackson also brings a level of sanity to the whole idea. He has the guts to say let’s put this on hold. There is no need to rush into this movie and it is always better to make a good movie when everything is comfortable rather than a rushed one just to say, “See, we told you we could get it made.”
We’ll see what happens next.