The Halo series has always been praised for its story with graphic novels and mini movies already available. The often-rumoured silver screen production has been all but confirmed by franchise development director Frank O’Connor with his statement to the New York Video game Critics Circle (via Next Gen Biz): “There will be a Halo movie. Everyone wanted to do a Halo movie, the director, Microsoft, the highest placed people at movie companies.” Of course they do, Halo can generate a vast amount of money with toys, clothing, crisps and soft drinks all having associations with the mega franchise. A movie is the natural progression but I would argue whether it would add credibility from non-gamers or be an insult to fans. We’ve all seen video game-based movies before and how lame they can be so my concern is sadly justified!
A Halo movie isn’t a new idea and one that’s been around for some time. So what’s the hold up? Lawyers and Microsoft. O’Conner said that because Microsoft wouldn’t allow anything other than the movie rights to be sold, production companies were reluctant to invest so much money if they were unable to reap the profits from said movie’s merchandise. That and how the lawyers just couldn’t get the contracts signed. It doesn’t stop there either with O’Connor suggesting a TV series also on the cards: “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.” A TV series maybe a better medium for a live-action Halo production but the focus seems to be on a cinema release: “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.” That’s right, Halo doesn’t need a movie but if it has to have one, how about giving director Neill Blomkamp another shot? His feature-length directorial debut was originally meant to be one set in the Halo universe but lack of trust and funding put a stop to it – which turned out to be a positive because that lead to the creation of District 9. Maybe after such a big office success like that, faith can be restored in Blomkamp’s ability for making a decent and profitable Halo movie.