Seem like a PR guy (intern probably) Googled HALO movie so he could mention it in the press release and got this old story.
Couple of reasons why this won't fly. There is NO WAY in hell a HALO movie will be ready for 2012. Even if they started filming today they'd struggle to make a release date of next Xmas owing to the massive VFX work that would need to be done.
Secondly Dreamworks is seriously struggling with their finances at the moment. Their primary backer, an Indian media company called Reliance, is all but cutting the cord with them over the losses they've suffered over their recent slate.
Apparently Dreamworks have told various agents and managers around town that they are not taking pitches or buying projects at this time. So much so they had to get Fox aboard to finance most of Robopocalypse and that's with Spielberg directing.
It's not impossible but Dreamworks is on shaky ground at the moment and I just don't see them committing to such a massive project. Especially in the sort term. IIRC Warners kicked the tires on the HALO franchise years ago but balked at MS' demands for creative control.
If MS want a HALO movie that they can creatively control and retain lots of righs in the long term why don't they pay for this movie themselves and get a studio to distribute it for them?
Originally Posted by Jethro
To be fair thought I made the EXACT same mistake when I started a thread on this very subject over TWO YEARS AGO.
Funny how things change. Did they ever catch that IESB guy for raping his stepdaughter?
Originally Posted by wwm0nkey
Nope he has been talking to Microsoft after he read the script for The Fall of Reach two years ago.
IIRC it didn't even get that far. Spielberg wanted a big Transformer sized franchise for his 'new' Dreamworks operation and knew that HALO was probably one of the biggest IPs out there not attached to a studio. Simple as.
CAA were handling the rights for MS and he made contact. I'm fairly sure that nothing ever came of it.