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first_imgHalo‘s an obvious choice for a cinematic adaptation, with its epic, space operatic storyline, but it’s been in development hell for years. Although Microsoft and Bungie have gone to the table time and time again to bring the Halo universe to the big screen, the studios have always backed out of those talks, even when filmmakers as influential as Peter Jackson have been putting their weight behind the project.What’s the story? Microsoft’s director of development for the Halo franchise Frank O’Connor sat down at a panel last week at the Future of Television East conference, and asked why a Halo movie had yet to be greenlit, explained the problem in simple terms everyone could understand.“It was the lawyers, … When they went behind closed doors with the contracts, things fell apart,” Connor said, before explaining that because Microsoft owned all of the rights to the Halo franchise, “the movie company couldn’t make any money beyond the movie.”In other words, even if the Halo movie was successful, they wouldn’t make money on action figures or Happy Meals or t-shirts.Connor went on to say that Microsoft still really wants to see a Halo movie, or even a network show, and that to get it done, maybe they’ll even fund it themselves.“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.””Let’s hope that happens in our — or at least the Xbox 360’s — lifetime.Read more at Slashgearlast_img read more

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