No More Halo for Peter Jackson

No More Halo for Peter Jackson

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Peter Jackson has confirmed that he is no longer involved with any Halo movie or game projects but says the upcoming sci-fi flick District 9, which looks far more interesting, wouldn't exist if the Halo movie hadn't collapsed.

Jackson first became interested in the Halo franchise after his teenage son got him playing Halo 2, which he says he "loved." Mary Parent, former president of production at Universal Studios who is now the Chairwoman of MGM's Worldwide Motion Picture Group, eventually approached him with the film rights but after numerous starts and stops, the project finally fell through.

"Microsoft has a whole strategy with the Halo property, and when the rights expired with the two studios, that sort of ended my involvement with the project," Jackson said at a recent screening of District 9. "That fell apart because of internal politics at Fox and Universal. It had nothing to do with the budget or anything else. In fact, we hadn't even been greenlit at all at that point."

He also confirmed that the Halo-based videogame that was to be developed by Jackson's Wingnut Interactive has likewise been canceled. "That Halo project is no longer happening, it sort of collapsed when the movie didn't end up happening," he added.

But on the upside, the demise of the Halo project led to the rise of a provocative and original sci-fi film which will hopefully be far better than we would have got with a big screen Master Chief. District 9, coming out in August, tells the story of alien refugees who come to Earth as the last survivors of their homeworld and end up living in South African slums while the governments of the world argue over what to do with them.

District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was signed to direct the Halo movie and Jackson said he wanted to work with Blomkamp even when that movie was canceled. "District 9 was definitely born out of the Halo film ruins, and we wouldn't have seen this movie if Halo had gone ahead," he said. "We realized that we had a real talent in Neill Blomkamp, so we decided to find a project for him and we decided to build a story around his Alive in Joburg short film."

Don't expect District 9 to reverse the planned Halo strategy and be turned into a videogame, however. "We definitely felt like District 9 would have been a great video game property, and both Neill and myself love games, but we just couldn't get our heads together," Jackson continued. "I was working on The Lovely Bones, and he was busy filming District 9, and we just couldn't get together on it in time."

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To each their own, Halo stays a game (for now) and District 9 won't be screwed up if it turned to a game (which we all know usually never ends well).

Man, I really wanted to see a Halo movie. The Landfall promotional videos really proved it was possible.

Ah well.

Halo never seemed like it work well in a movie translation anyway. Can't say I care.

District 9 looks a hell of a lot more interesting.

You can't really connect to a masked character, and besides he'd only be ruined by a dissapointing actor and fans would probably be up in arms. Don't say I'm just saying only Halo has fanboys, all franchises have their angry opinionated customers as Left 4 Dead has recently proved.

Well i didnt want to see a halo movie,all this game into movies is not working,holywood writers are so pathetic they just put games on the big screen instead of making a good script,and IMO halo should stay a game,dont thing it would go that well with anyone other than the fans,since it has a large backstory and not to mention the protagonist has no face :-)

And i dont like D-9 -_- doesnt appeal to me

SomeBritishDude:
Halo never seemed like it work well in a movie translation anyway. Can't say I care.

At first, I was onboard with the idea, but then I realized, "Who the hell is going to be Master Chief, if Samuel L. Jackson is going to be Sarge?" And if it was going to be Vin Diesel, I doubt I would see the movie.

SomeBritishDude:

District 9 looks a hell of a lot more interesting.

That it does, that it does. I just showed it to my cousins the other day, and they were dumbfounded at how amazing it looks, and they've seen screenshots from Project Offset.

The trailer of the film looked really good with a good eye for detail ,still it`s good to know that jackson isn`t dead or anything

orangebandguy:
You can't really connect to a masked character,

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Frowns upon your shenanigans.

I was mildly interested in the Halo film. Mostly to see whether or not they could pull it off and make one of the very rare game->movie transitions that is actually good.

Oh good, we can finally put those Halo movie shenanigens to bed.

District 9 sounds interesting... sounds like being a bit of a think piece though, not sure how that will go down at the box office.

orangebandguy:
You can't really connect to a masked character

Yeah, nobody latched onto that Darth Vader guy. /sarcasm

(V was pretty effective too. It can be done; you just need the right actor behind the mask and a good voice.)

-- Steve

Too bad, I would've loved to see how the whole Elite saga with The Arbiter and all would've worked.

Kinda of a shame really, I'm pretty sure he could have pulled it off and this is coming from someone who doesn't care for the series.

I was ecited when I heard there was a possibility of a Halo movie last year or the year before that or something. But District 9 looks awesome to be honest.

well district 9 looks far more interesting than a halo movie, and seriously hasn't Microsoft milked the cow to death now?

I thought District 9 *was* a video game.

There was some game made recently that strongly resembles it, at least.

I'm glad this happened.

Am I the only one who accidentally read District 9 as DirectX 9?

Amnestic:

orangebandguy:
You can't really connect to a masked character,

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Frowns upon your shenanigans.

I was mildly interested in the Halo film. Mostly to see whether or not they could pull it off and make one of the very rare game->movie transitions that is actually good.

I really don't think that's a good comparison.
V embodies and ideal.
Master Chief represents..um..I'm not even sure. Luck, I guess..?

History has shown us video games made into movies suck a fat one. I almost wanted to see it come out just so it could fail miserably since I hate Halo, but I'm glad it never saw the light of day to save me from the unwarranted hype it would undoubtedly garner.

In some ways, sad, others, not so.

If anyone could have made a good video game to movie conversion, it'd be the guy who took the overly windy and dull book Lord of the Rings and turned it into 3 good to great movies.

That said, Distinct 9 does look alot cooler than I would have pictured a Halo movie. So, it probably turned out for the best.

District 9 looks like an amazing film, and if it took the Halo movie never getting off the ground to get it to us then great!

Besides, why even do a live action Halo movie? Just do a CGI movie and use the original voice cast, that way you don't piss off the fanboys(although they'll still find something to bitch about, that's what fanboys do).

So in short: yay District 9, fuck you Halo, and if Peter Jackson tries to make District 9 into a trilogy that lasts 67 hours then I will stab him in the eye with a rusted spork.

Anton P. Nym:

orangebandguy:
You can't really connect to a masked character

Yeah, nobody latched onto that Darth Vader guy. /sarcasm

(V was pretty effective too. It can be done; you just need the right actor behind the mask and a good voice.)

-- Steve

OK, I admit V was a character you could connect with partly when he explains what he went through in the prison in which he was detained. But I think V is a more symbolic character who represents rebellion and the fight for what's right. I don't think we're supposed to think of him like we think of Evey.

As for Darth Vader we couldn't really connect to him until the last moments of "Return of the Jedi" when he reveals his face and reconciles his bond with Luke. The prequel trilogy helps us further connect with him as we explore his fall to the dark side.

When "A New Hope" was first shown in cinemas I think that people just saw him as just a bad guy. Made mysterious by his body suit.

Oh well. The Halo movie probably would have sucked anyway for having to have anyone else but Master Chief being the protagonist.

They weren't going to have him because they said that not being able to see his face made him difficult to "relate" to.

 

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