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There will be a movie, Microsoft’s Frank O’Connor said at a Halo panel at the Future of Television East conference last week.

“We want to have Halo on any screen we have access to,” said O’Connor. After the panel, a high level network executive came up up to O’Connor and said, “We want to do something with Halo,” and O’Connor shot back, “Bring piles of money.” The executive responded, “For Halo, we will.” Someone’s been reading Nukoda.

Someone from the New York Video Game Critics circle approached O’Conner after the panel, the first thing O’Connor said was, “There will be a Halo movie.”

O’Connor is adamant when he says Microsoft would allow high-profile directors to make Halo their own.”If Danny Boyle wants to make a Danny Boyle-style movie, that’s great. Let Danny Boyle be Danny Boyle. We would not constrain a director.”

O’Conner reiterated: “There will be a Halo movie. 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.”

Despite all the false starts, O’Conner says there were no creative disagreements holding it up. “It was the lawyers,” said O’Connor. “When they went behind closed doors with the contracts, things fell apart.” The primary sticking point, O’Conner said, was the fact that Microsoft owns all rights to Halo, and that means licensing as well. “The problem was that the movie company couldn’t make any money beyond the movie.” It’s easy to see why movie studios didn’t want to pay for a movie they wouldn’t see extra money from licensing, traditionally a big earner for franchises.

Like we said, the best place for a Halo project would be at a network, like SyFy or even HBO (though a premium tier would likely alienate much of the audience). “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,” O’Conner said. Look at what SyFy/Sci-Fi did with Battlestar Galactica or what ABC did with LOST, it is possible.

Our best case scenario? Niell Blomkamp and Peter Jackson get another stab at it.

 

About the author: Jonathan Harrop

 

Jonathan graduated in May of 2008 with a degree in Journalism in News/Print from the University of Arkansas. He currently lives in the Dallas, Texas area and has recently learned that 'freelance writer,' like 'starving artist' is not a cliche. Jonathan has played video games since Desert Strike forced him to break his 'B' button on his Sega Genesis controller.

 

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