Microsoft Says the 'Halo' Movie Is on Hold

The company says they are focusing on other 'Halo' related projects.
According to Kotaku it looks like the Halo movie is "on hold."

Last weekend, it was announced that Steven Spielberg would be producing the project. Now, according to Microsoft, it looks like the film isn't doing much of anything.

Regarding the recent rumor that Spielberg would be working on the project, Microsoft said:

We're glad there's still a lot of enthusiasm in the entertainment industry surrounding the idea of a Halo movie. That said, the Halo feature film remains on hold as we focus on projects like Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach.

Halo is in development .



Sources: Kotaku

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  1. Chad Vital

    Yeah I think he's a executive producer or something.

    5 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  2. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    I completely with you Chad on the game part...

    But here is the flaw with game to film adapts and hollywood
    But the one thought that bothers me is this...

    Is it that these Hollywood studios just don't ask the creators for help, so they have more creative control?
    And then when they send it to the creators they are like nope nah ah, get rid of that, etc etc.

    Or is it that the creators just don't really care about a film adaptation to their work because generally they are too focused on the next game and really howvever its done its still money in their pocket?

    I actually never knew that about, Gears, so that is something to look foprward to now for the film and yes that is how game to film adaptations should be done

    5 years agoby @chronicFlag

  3. Chad Vital

    That is why I'm happy about the Gears of War film because Cliffy B it's creator is on board supervising things (which is how it should be for every video game movie adaptation).

    5 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  4. Chad Vital

    Yeah they could go many ways with Call of Duty like you said JA, hell they could do a Modern Warfare film if they wanted and people would see it.

    Predators, to answer your question, because the games have so much fanfare and usually good storylines so they want to take something that's already popular and run with it, but the problem is they don't really get help from the people who actually make the games so they do it their own way (then you got the execs etc telling them to change things or add sh*t that shouldn't be added etc)

    5 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  5. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    Actually call of duty can be a really good film, because its a war game. It can be based on any aspect of the World War 2 and even possibly one.

    I watched on one doc*mentry which mentioned a mission, did more research into it, in which if developed and expanded on would make the most epic war film ever.
    If the British and Americans failed this mission we may have actualkly lost the war.

    I know fallen its madness the way technology is progressing, even skycars are on the way, in which they are f*cking awesome btw.
    But give it time the world will be like bare futuristic and sh*t.

    Holograhpic TV shows from a lil device which projects onto the wall and plays a film of your choice

    5 years agoby @chronicFlag

  6. the Narrator

    damn J.A. Something better than Bluray?...I imagine the day, where movies will be like in a round room, and no longer on 1 flat screen, and you can look 360 and see different angles of the movie, as if you were in the movie. God by the time I get through film school, and make a name, I will be lost by how far we've come. As the Comedian said - "God help us all."

    On another note, James Cameron on Halo would take forever and he would try to throw in some of his ideas and concepts on how it should be, and therefore we'll be like, wtf is that, or I don't remember them looking like that, etc. I have lost energy just thinking about how long this could be in movie mumbo.m

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  7. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    It's meant to be something like blu-ray, comrade.
    But apparently a next-level up.

    But yet its still going to be compatible with Blu-ray

    5 years agoby @chronicFlag

  8. -comrade-

    Why would they try to compete with Blu-Ray after losing to it once and thusly allowing it to gain the entire new media market, making it nigh impossible to come out ahead of it the second time? Doesn't make sense Ott.

    5 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  9. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    Yeah it was the official xbox 360 magazine, they state they want the 360 to last approx a decade, but by that time they already want to be able to release 'The Next Box aka xbox 720' so its been dubbed.

    James Cameron released a state of interest while promoting Avatar, among the recent developments that have been surrounding Spielberg & Halo.
    He was asked if he was definately returning back to his sci-fi roots and what would be the biggest sci-fi project for him to take.

    He stated that next to Avatar a big sci-fi project that he would definately be interested in taking on is Halo in which he recently heard Spielberg was attached to direct or produce, but he stated that if he did he would rewrite the SCRIPT, if he did direct.

    It was in a sci-fi mag, and the newspaper while he was promoting Avatar Day

    5 years agoby @chronicFlag

  10. Chad Vital

    JA they just told us in the latest official xbox magazine I do believe (or Game Informer can't remember exactly) that they said they want the 360 to last for the next 10 years kinda like the PS2 did.

    5 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  11. the Narrator

    James and Steven are great but this is not for them. We need a younger, more intricate director, able to do this rap rap rap rap and RAP! I mean they have so many projects each, when Jackson and Blomkamp wee willing to give years to this experience. God Microsoft you lazy bastards!

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  12. Chad Vital

    Focus on games that you've already made or close to being completed? You're not directing a movie Microsoft so you have little say in the matter even though you now own Halo. Bungie should be their on the set everyday, not Microsoft. I think it's funny as if they don't have enough people to do both. I'm sure by the time they actually start filming and prepping they'll be done with Halo Reach. Makes no sense Microsoft. I think they are scared from some reason cause that was a pretty lame excuse.

    5 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  13. T.Clark

    J.A, I'd like some links or something as to where you're getting all this information

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  14. Diaigma

    Goober... :P

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  15. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    Ok correcting people here.

    Microsoft have already started work on their console that is being called 'The Next-Box aka Xbox 720'
    The details are put through discussion in the moxt recent 360 mags, including the hope that it will have something far more advanced than a Blu-Ray Player.

    A new recent rumour just stormed a few places, and well if this rumour is true, this movie will never see the light of day with JAMES CAMERON on the helm.
    Apparently in a xbix 360 magazine interview he discusses taking on Halo and that if he is offered the job he is prepared to halt the productions his planned for Avatar 2 & 3 (if it grosses and receives well domestically) and a film adaptation to Battle Angel Alita.
    So is it plausible that 2 of the world's greatest sci-fi geniues could be getting attached to this film.
    IOne past his prime and one helming what is considering the greatest 3D CGI cinematic experience of a life time.

    Also is it plausible that the Halo Movie could actually be turning into a game since the game rights that have been taken from Bungie are now being thrown to WETA Digital.
    As for PJ has discussed actually turning the Halo film as an exclusive game for the next xbox console to launch it.

    And to answer Mushy's question, everyone that has possible played Halo or heard or seen Halo cares about this film. It's MS & Xbox biggest game property.
    It's just that the film adaptation has been anticipated for so long and its taking so long for MS to deliver, that the anticipation is dying, kind of like Avatar.
    But no doubt that i'm seeing a strategy in MS's plans, dunno about everyone else.
    But the strategy i'm seeing is beyond sheer brilliance and Halo will once again take the world by storm, if i'm accurate.

    5 years agoby @chronicFlag

  16. ZanyZap

    We all knew this was coming...

    5 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  17. Evan "Mushy" Jacobs

    Who cares about this movie.

    5 years agoby @mushyFlag

  18. Gandoff

    Give me a break Microsoft. It would only take 5 people at most to handle anything for the film on a day to day basis. Even the writer can be out side the company. You only have to read and apporve the and be on hand for technical ideas. The film studio would be handling the entire thing. Unless your wanting to use this to jump start a Microsoft Film Studio, which would be extremly stupid concidering the amount of products that they have. You have the BIGGEST producer/director out there who wants to be envolved, you have a win win situation here. Don't wast to much time p*ssy footing around......

    5 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  19. -comrade-

    Why the f*ck does Microsoft need to be involved, other than signing a couple of papers?

    5 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  20. T.Clark

    Yeah, Microsoft wants the 360 to last at least 10 years.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  21. Newkill3000

    Thanks Vis, at least you explained it perfectly. That f*cking idiot king just type sh*t for nothing. But yeah your right 360 have success with those games, but isn't Assassin Creed's PS3's thing. Anyway, I like X Box, even though my systems keep f*cking breaking down, but i just don't see X Box going for over like ten years. Like I don't see like an X Box 840 or some sh*t.

    5 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  22. kingbrady

    microsoft gaming team, hardly has to do much with the film except oversee it, just send one or two guys and make sure the is on point and let the director and actors do their thing, all Microsoft is doing is getting paid because its their product, same thing as Hasbro, jus a company name, not like they are marketing the film or distributing it

    5 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  23. Xenon

    Wake up Microsoft and play with us big boys. They're chickens I tell you.

    5 years agoby @xenon56Flag

  24. T.Clark

    Newkill, I think what "king" means is that the 360 doesn't have to worry with two Halo games being released in the next year, and the sequels to BioShock, Modern Warfare, Assassin's Creed, Mass Effect and Left 4 Dead coming up, the latter two being Microsoft exclusives.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  25. Newkill3000

    Wow, calling me stupid, just for a comment. Instead of that, why don't you come up with something smart and explain reasons why. Your the King of the Dicklickers. Nough said.

    5 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  26. KingoftheThing

    Newkill, you're teetering on stupid with that comment

    5 years agoby @kingofthethingFlag

  27. Newkill3000

    Microsoft better hurry with there games, because they don't have long in this three way video game war with PS3 and the Wii.

    5 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  28. T.Clark

    "That said, the Halo feature film remains on hold as we focus on projects like Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach."

    ODST is due out next month and Reach next year, so we don't have that long of a wait. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if they make Halo 4 before there's a Halo movie. However, since Bungie is handing over the Halo rights and future Halo games to another company, maybe it will be a good break for the games so they can focus on a movie...with Jackson and Blomkamp...because Spielberg sucks...now

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  29. Remy72883

    this is bullsh*t, this is something us the fans of the series want to see live and on the big screen, but no someone a LEGO movie gets the greenlight while this stays on the shelf. WHAT BULLSH*T

    5 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  30. the Narrator

    Damn it... Microsoft, the hype for Halo(or all spin offs) has nearly all dyed out, even of big fans like my friends. What you do need, is a movie. Wake the f*ck up and smell the roses Microsoft! Gaahh!!!

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag