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Frank O'Connor, formerly of Bungie and now franchise development director at Microsoft's Halo studio, 343 Industries, has said "there will be a Halo movie".

Speaking to Kotaku after sitting on a panel at the Future of Television East conference last week, O'Connor revealed that Microsoft remains confident a movie will happen at some point.

"Everyone wanted to do a Halo movie, the director, Microsoft, the highest placed people at movie companies."

"It was the lawyers," said O'Connor, explaining why the previous attempt to bring the franchise to the silver screen failed. "When they went behind closed doors with the contracts, things fell apart."

Microsoft's monopoly of the Halo franchise meant the movie studio couldn't make any money on licensing outside of the actual movie, which apparently didn't sit well with the money men.

The experience hasn't deterred Microsoft, however, and would be happy to let a prominent director put their own spin on the franchise.

"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'Connor also believes a TV series from a network such as HBO would work.

"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," he said.

That said, it's the movie that O'Connor really wants to see.

"There will be a Halo movie," he concluded. "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."

VideoGamer.com Analysis

Capcom's Resident Evil franchise has proved money can be made from turning a video game into a movie, but not all adaptations have been as successful.

The rewards could see Halo catapulted even further into the mainstream, but a poor movie adaptation could damage the franchise. Disappoint Halo's millions of dedicated gamers with a poor big screen representation and risk losing their support for future projects.

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rbevanx@ dudester

Read Alex Garland's script and I guarantee you will think different.
Posted 17:27 on 24 November 2010
IamBugged's Avatar


Oh no, not again... >.<
Posted 14:08 on 24 November 2010
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Endless@ dudester

If they make him badass enough, he doesn't need to speak. Same as in the game.
Posted 13:39 on 24 November 2010
dudester's Avatar


The biggest issue with halo in terms of a movie is the main character masterchief doesn't really talk and that makes it hard to connect him to the audience, It would probably end up like transformers needing other characters added in and diluting the core of the actual halo world.
Posted 10:37 on 24 November 2010
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guyderman@ Vezz

I'm not a big Halo fan but I still think that Reach's sales, reception and review scores say otherwise.
Posted 08:24 on 24 November 2010
Vezz's Avatar


Since Halo 3 MS has been thinking of ways to milk a cow that has no milk left
Posted 03:08 on 24 November 2010
draytone's Avatar


I wonder how many heads that flew over when it was aired :)
Posted 17:20 on 23 November 2010
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rbevanx@ draytone

Advert and films are different beasts I'm afraid draytone.

An advert could have a budget for 5-10 million for 2-3 mins total which is broken down to 30 seconds.

The blockbusters (some are even 2 and a half hours) tend to have budgets for 150-200 million and thats not including advertising for the film.

The most expensive/impressive advert I have seen is Ridley Scott's 1984 inspired macintosh ad which keeps the feel of his films Alien and Blade Runner.

YouTube Video
Posted 17:17 on 23 November 2010
draytone's Avatar


A film that was similar to that great advert they aired would be pretty good, and would pull it quite a lot of money. Don't know how much it would cost to make though.
Posted 17:01 on 23 November 2010
rbevanx's Avatar


Well why don't MS make a movie studio like Amazon have.

Got enough money and the adverts look in budget (more tbh) of a film
Posted 16:58 on 23 November 2010
draytone's Avatar


It could be alright? I can't imagine it being worse than other franchise films.
Posted 13:21 on 23 November 2010
guyderman's Avatar


They should just speak to Uwe Boll - LOL! ;)
Posted 13:08 on 23 November 2010
omfg-bbq's Avatar


Can MS bribe film critics too?:)
Posted 10:46 on 23 November 2010

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