Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that Fox and Universal are fighting over the $12m Halo movie pre-production costs, the slew of the problems come as Fox refuse to pay for the split costs 50–50, claiming that Universal studios should have asked permission to split these costs beforehand. In response, Universal are threatening to sue Fox to force them to pay what they believe they rightfully should.
It’s all quite funny.
Well, given the previous statements concerning the movie’s continued progress this is most definitely a shot to the gut. The official statement via Peter Jackson and Microsoft’s WingNut Films goes like this:
As was previously confirmed, we deeply regret that both Universal and Fox did not choose to move forward with financing the Halo film under the original terms of the agreement. At this time Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, along with their partner, Microsoft, have mutually agreed to postpone making a feature film based on the Halo video game universe until we can fulfill the promise we made to millions of Halo fans throughout the world that we would settle for no less than bringing a first class film to the big screen. We are fully supportive of Director Neill Blomkamp’s vision of the film. Neill is a tremendously gifted filmmaker Academy-Awards and his preliminary work on Halo is truly awe-inspiring. While it will undoubtedly take a little longer for Halo to reach the big screen, we are confident that the final feature film will be well worth the wait.
Please note POSTPONED does NOT mean canceled. So many news articles claimed Game Over for the Halo movie, it’s not over, it’s an unfortunate set back.
AintitCool’s Quint also has a commentary on this predicament.
ComingSoon — Further coverage.
Direct from a Bungie announcement, Microsoft’s official statement:
“We are disappointed that Universal and Fox wanted to significantly renegotiate the financial points of the deal. But the Halo franchise is hugely popular and our goal remains the same — to find a partner that shares our passion and will creatively collaborate with us to best represent the story and spirit of the Halo franchise. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and the rest of the creative team are dedicated to ensuring the Halo movie becomes a reality. We are already in discussions with potential partners who recognize the value of the Halo brand and its appeal to consumers worldwide.”
Bungie continues on to note a feeling of optimism, happiness and satisfaction — for reasons they cannot go into:
“Frankly we’re interested in making the best movie, and it’s possible that a partner who’s more concerned with numbers, might not be the best partner for what’s more vitally a creative process. Suffice it to say that Peter, Neill, Fran and Microsoft are as excited and dedicated as ever and WETA continues the pre-production process. […] when you do finally get to see the stuff WETA has already made, you will probably pee a little.”
Looks like our courageous creative team are still working on churning out the best adaptation possible. The Halo movie is most definately not cancelled, as many other publications hastened to point out.