Halo's franchise developer Frank O'Connor has said a movie of the Halo games series will happen despite the best efforts of Microsoft's lawyers.
O'Connor told the New York Videogame Critics Circle, "There will be a Halo movie," later adding: "We want to have Halo on any screen we have access to," fuelling speculation about a possible TV series.
The web site also told the tale of a chance meeting between O'Connor and a 'high-powered network executive' at which the TV boss said, "We want to do something with Halo." O'Connor's response was, "Bring piles of money" to which the exec retorted, "For Halo we will."
Rumours of a Halo movie have been doing the rounds for years now with such luminaries as Lord Of The Rings Director Peter Jackson and actor Denzel Washington earmarked for the project.
But all has thus far come to naught and O'Connor has spilled the beans as to why. "It was the lawyers,” he said. “When they went behind closed doors with the contracts, things fell apart. The problem was that the movie company couldn’t make any money beyond the movie.”
It's common knowledge that very few Hollywood blockbusters make money out of putting bums on cinema seats. The big bucks come from the residuals. The action figures, the DVDs, the BluRay disks and the T-shirts.
The problem is that Microsoft owns the entire Halo brand and is reluctant to relinquish any part of that brand capable of turning a buck.
There is another alternative, of course. Microsoft could always fund the production itself. It's not as if the software monopolist is short of a bob or two. And O'Connor agrees.
"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," he said.
Microsoft may have a bottomless bag of cash, but we're not convinced all the money in the world would persuade Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle to take Bill's old shilling. O'Connor, on the other hand, seems to think otherwise:
"If Danny Boyle wants to make a Danny Boyle-style movie, that’s great," he said. "Let Danny Boyle be Danny Boyle. We would not constrain a director."
Wishful thinking indeed.