Microsoft Willing to Self-Finance ‘Halo’ Movie or TV Show If Need Be

Nov 23, 2010 by  

Microsoft Willing to Finance Halo Movie

When it was announced that Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks production studio was picking up the rights to the Halo novels it seemed like gamers’ best bet for seeing one of their favorite franchises make it to the silver screen. With the video game’s direct adaptation in turmoil many figured that particular version would never see the light of day.

As it turns out, Halo’s franchise development director, when speaking at television conference, said that Microsoft would be very interested in making a Halo movie or possibly even a TV series.

Believing that the Halo property has wide consumer appeal, Microsoft would even be willing to go as far as financing the film itself in order to get it made. One of the biggest selling points Microsoft believes the franchise has going for it is merchandising. Being able to put out a large amount of Halo movie tie-in products would ensure a commercial success no matter what the box-office returns ended up being.

For those that can remember, Halo was initially going to be brought to theaters via the brilliant mind of Peter Jackson. Unfortunately, when the film went behind closed doors things fell apart and eventually everyone went their separate ways.

Now, looking forward, Microsoft is open to anything, saying that if a director with their own artistic vision like Danny Boyle is interested in making a Halo movie then the company would be willing to run with Boyle. It doesn’t even have to be a movie per say as the potential for a TV series is just as viable. When speaking on the matter, Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor said:

“We’d love to see Halo as a television series. Look what HBO did with Band of Brothers or even Rome. Something like that would work because the Halo universe is so vast.”

As convincing as these ideas for a Halo movie are it’s still hard to see it as inevitable. Video game films have yet to even make a dent in the Hollywood stratosphere – usually ending up as complete failures. Next up on the slate is David O’Russell’s Uncharted film that may give audiences a better idea of what a game with a solid narrative can deliver cinematically. It’s hard not to get excited about this prospect, but it’s also hard not to prepare for disappointment.

Which of the two Halo films supposedly gaining steam do you believe will release first: Microsoft’s Halo film or DreamWorks’? Can you see Halo as a long running TV series?

Source: NY Video Game Critics Circle

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  1. ill see both cause you know if they screw it up how pissed the fans would be? there would be riots…. but look at the anime halo legends? they put care and consideration into it and it came out awsome i have faith that the films or hbo adaptation would be amazing. even though i would like to see just a film from dreamworks and a seperate tv show on hbo cause the pacific and band of brothers are amazing and honestly THATS how halo should be done. have the show follow teams of spartans regular soldiers and an odst and have the story lines eventually intersect

  2. Interesting. Not really a Halo fan but would be interested in seeing how a Halo show or movie would workout.

  3. I for some reason don’t see DreamWorks and Microsoft working out, probably end similar to what happen with them and Peter Jackson, I do see them fitting the bill themselves though, for a movie, being able to have complete control over a situation is just to much for MS to pass up. I would love for it to be a TV series to watch Halo from the comforts of my own home, HBO, maybe a network really pushing new series like AMC. On a side note about what the movie or TV show would be about, I think it should focus, on side events, or the novels, there’s a lot more room for interpenetration with the novels then the games.

    • microsoft isnt involved with dreamworks they aquired the rights to the novels so they can make the film based on the novels and not on the games

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