Microsoft Still Committed to Making a Halo Movie
Despite the failed attempts in the past, Microsoft remains committed to one day making a film adaptation of Halo, according to franchise development director Frank OConnor -- even if it means Microsoft having to fund it themselves.
"There will be a Halo movie," OConnor recently said to Kotaku at the Future of Television East conference. "We dont need a movie. But wed like a movie. Wed like the moms of gamers to see the movies because they would love our characters. Maybe well even fund it ourselves."
And considering OConnor was speaking at a television conference, its no surprise the prospect of a TV series also popped up. "Wed love to see Halo as a television series. Look what HBO did with Band of Brothers or even Rome," OConnor said. "Something like that would work because the Halo universe is so vast."
So for a franchise as immensely popular as Halo, why didnt past attempts to make a movie succeed? OConnor explained that when it came to the project once planned to be directed by Neill Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson, it ultimately failed because of lawyers. "When they went behind closed doors with the contracts, things fell apart," he said. The biggest sticking point, evidently, was that because Microsoft owns the licensing rights, movie companies wouldnt have been able to make "any money beyond the movie" through tie-in merchandizing like toys or clothes (or any other product they could possibly think of plastering Master Chiefs face on).
Despite Microsofts fierce protection of the Halo license, though, OConnor also said they wouldnt be afraid to let a well-known director make a Halo movie in their own way. "If [28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire director] Danny Boyle wants to make a Danny Boyle-style movie, thats great," OConnor said. "Let Danny Boyle be Danny Boyle. We would not constrain a director."