'Halo' movie still a go, Microsoft says


Following last week's news that Fox and Universal Studios decided to back out of the "Halo" movie after requesting a better deal from Microsoft, the folks at Microsoft have officially reaffirmed their goal of bringing Master Chief to life on the silver screen.

"We are disappointed that Universal and Fox wanted to significantly renegotiate the financial points of the deal," the company said in a statement. "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."

 Adding to that, Bungie representative Frank O'Connor said that the team is very optimistic about this outcome. "The reality here at Bungie towers is a feeling of optimism, satisfaction and happiness for reasons we can't 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," he noted.

 "Suffice it to say that Peter, Neill, Fran and Microsoft are as excited and dedicated as ever and WETA continues the pre-production process. Actually, when you do finally get to see the stuff WETA has already made, you will probably pee a little," O'Connor joked.