It seems that Bungie isn’t the only one planning to take a little break from its Halo franchise. Joystiq reports that director Peter Jackson has revealed that his long rumored film adaptation of Microsoft’s flagship sci-fi FPS has officially been bank-sniped.
According to Jackson:
“Microsoft has a whole strategy with the Halo property, and when the rights expired with the two studios, that sort of ended my involvement with the project. That fell apart because of internal politics at Fox and Universal. It had nothing to do with the budget or anything else. In fact, we hadn't even been greenlit at all at that point.”
In case that wasn't clear enough, Jackson said during the Sony Pictures' Comic-Con 09 panel
, "At the moment we're certainly not involved in any Halo movie and Microsoft is looking at what to do with it."
Jackson then teased panel attendees, saying, "There is a lot of Halo movie material no one has ever seen in New Zealand."
Jackson then lamented the fact that studio politics ended up killing the project, however, he went on to say that while the Halo
movie is currently dead, he's still interested in pursuing it in the future, if all the pieces were able to come together.
Of course, as Jackson pointed out to Joystiq, had everything gone swimmingly on said Halo project from the beginning, Neill Blomkamp’s highly anticipated District 9 would never have been given the chance to flourish. “District 9 was definitely born out of the Halo film ruins, and we wouldn't have seen this movie if Halo had gone ahead.”
So a bit of bitter-sweet news there for Halo fans, as District 9 looks like it's going to be fantastic (TheFeed's Stephen Johnson wept uncontrollably during the District 9 footage that was shown at Sony's Comic-Con 09 panel. Apparently, it was the best thing he's seen so far at the convention. His words.). Still, Halo is just too massive a franchise to be denied a big-screen adaptation, so you can pretty much bank on it happening sooner or later. I mean, if Aaron Sorkin can convince someone to finance a movie about Facebook, I’m sure someone somewhere will be able to get the ball rolling on a movie based on one of gaming's most iconic franchises.