Shit just got real.
Well, sort of. If “shit” in this context is referring to the indefinitely sidelined Halo movie, Microsoft’s implying there’s a strong chance it will “get real” someday in the future.
“There will be a Halo movie,” Microsoft’s Frank O’Connor told New York Videogame Critics Circle.
“Everyone wanted to do a Halo movie, the director, Microsoft, the highest placed people at movie companies,” he added.
So if that’s the case, what’s the hold-up? Why is every other videogame license getting snapped up by movie studios while Halo’s forced to go to the dance alone?
“It was the lawyers. When they went behind closed doors with the contracts, things fell apart. The problem was that the movie company couldn’t make any money beyond the movie,” O’Connor explained, referring to the fact that Microsoft would continue to hold the keys to everything Halo aside from movie rights.
Failing that, O’Connor also mentioned that a TV show isn’t out of the question, which could be pretty neat assuming the studio responsible for Viva Pinata is thoroughly murdered beforehand.
O’Connor, though, won’t let the Halo movie die without a knock-down, drag-out fight. And what if no movie studio’s willing to step up and agree to Microsoft’s terms? Their loss.
“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.”
Ok, we don’t necessarily agree with that bit about the characters, but this man could afford to (and probably would) buy Brock Lesnar and sick him on our delicate faces after a little provocation, so we’re perfectly happy (and still in possession of all our teeth) keeping our mouths shut.
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