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Microsoft has no plans for a Halo movie at this time, denies Ridley Scott rumors

Jan. 15, 2014by: Alex Maidy

Despite years of starts and stops, HALO is one video game that should have been a slam dunk to convert to the big screen and has yet never made it. Names like Peter Jackson, Neill Blomkamp, and Guillermo Del Toro bandied about as possible helmers, the closest we have gotten is the announced XBox Live television series from Steven Spielberg that is coming soon. New rumors recently popped up naming Ridley Scott as a potential director for the HALO movie and movie fans began to contemplate just how cool that would be.

Alas, Microsoft has squashed those Ridley Scott rumors as well as any rumors of a HALO movie entirely. In an interview with Eurogamer, a spokersperson for Microsoft laid out the future of HALO.

"The Halo franchise encompasses many elements, including games, action figures, novels and more. As always, we have many projects in the works that offer us the opportunity to bring in new audiences to the franchise, as we did in the past with Halo Legends and Halo: Forward Unto Dawn. We plan to continue telling the Halo story through innovative channels, but there are no plans for a Halo motion picture at this time."

So, there you have it. For now, at least, HALO will remain a small screen franchise. A lot of great live action work has been done based on the series in the form of short films and commercials which makes you wonder why it hasn't made that jump yet. Microsoft likely doesn't want to lose creative control over HALO and studios probably don't want to give a third party that much of a final say.

So, while ASSASSIN'S CREED and WORLD OF WARCRAFT fans can rejoice that their games will be getting quality big screen adaptations, HALO fans will be left pondering what could have been.

Source: Digital Spy

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2:27PM on 01/16/2014

I think

they are pulling out chain and we are getting a movie in 2017 and they just can't say anything cus they want to surprise us.
they are pulling out chain and we are getting a movie in 2017 and they just can't say anything cus they want to surprise us.
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10:54PM on 01/15/2014
This sounds like a job for Michael Bay.
This sounds like a job for Michael Bay.
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8:06PM on 01/15/2014
I'm with violentbuddha, I can't help feel like they missed the boat a little on a Halo movie. Having the likes of Guillermo del Toro and Steven Spielberg involved and not having anything come of it were missed opportunities for sure. Forward Unto Dawn was a serviceable proof of concept and had decent production values for a web series.
I'm with violentbuddha, I can't help feel like they missed the boat a little on a Halo movie. Having the likes of Guillermo del Toro and Steven Spielberg involved and not having anything come of it were missed opportunities for sure. Forward Unto Dawn was a serviceable proof of concept and had decent production values for a web series.
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3:27PM on 01/15/2014
As the years go by, I just don't see a movie happening anytime soon or if at all. Microsoft see's how game adaptations have been done in the past and they all have a relatively poor track record, so I doubt they don't want to tarnish their brand. If anything, I see a Halo movie being released so far down the road from it's prime, it'll be like what Groening did with The Simpsons film.
As the years go by, I just don't see a movie happening anytime soon or if at all. Microsoft see's how game adaptations have been done in the past and they all have a relatively poor track record, so I doubt they don't want to tarnish their brand. If anything, I see a Halo movie being released so far down the road from it's prime, it'll be like what Groening did with The Simpsons film.
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3:22PM on 01/15/2014

Still hopefull

Actually, THIS is actually the closest we have gotten:
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...and it is so freaking cool to see Master Chief kicking copious poopah
Actually, THIS is actually the closest we have gotten:
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...and it is so freaking cool to see Master Chief kicking copious poopah
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3:10PM on 01/15/2014

MISTAKE

as much as i think optioning of properties is overdone these days, this is one that missed the mark. in fact, its almost past its prime. HALO was one of the hottest properties in all of gaming yet time and again, despite director and fan interest and the technology being there, MS has shown no guts. meanwhile they dump $110million on Enders Game, a very stale property. i just dont see the logic.
as much as i think optioning of properties is overdone these days, this is one that missed the mark. in fact, its almost past its prime. HALO was one of the hottest properties in all of gaming yet time and again, despite director and fan interest and the technology being there, MS has shown no guts. meanwhile they dump $110million on Enders Game, a very stale property. i just dont see the logic.
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3:00PM on 01/15/2014

Give it time.

Great things take time. I've been a movie buff and a Halo fanatic for the majority of my life. Halo has a place in my heart and a Halo movie cannot be rushed. Even though Microsoft has confirmed that there aren't any plans for a Halo film, I can guarantee that there will be at some point. I can see Spielberg, Jackson, Cameron, Scott, Abrams, and even Blomkamp tackle this universe. It needs to be epic, beautiful, and powerful. I just hope the film happens while their hearts, as well as mine,
Great things take time. I've been a movie buff and a Halo fanatic for the majority of my life. Halo has a place in my heart and a Halo movie cannot be rushed. Even though Microsoft has confirmed that there aren't any plans for a Halo film, I can guarantee that there will be at some point. I can see Spielberg, Jackson, Cameron, Scott, Abrams, and even Blomkamp tackle this universe. It needs to be epic, beautiful, and powerful. I just hope the film happens while their hearts, as well as mine, still beats.
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