M'soft Vows To Produce Halo Movie After Studios Pull Out
The future of the movie version of the hit video game Halo is not doomed, the Los Angeles Times indicated Saturday. The newspaper reported that Microsoft, which developed the game, plans to push forward with the movie version on its own even though its previous partners on the film, Universal and 20th Century Fox, have pulled out, citing an unacceptable budget of $145 million. The studios had unsuccessfully attempted to persuade the filmmakers, who include Lord of the Rings producer-director Peter Jackson, to renegotiate their contracts. Moreover, the Times quoted one source as saying that a power struggle had developed between the two studios over control of the movie. The Times report observed that at the time the original financing deal between Microsoft, Universal, and Fox was struck, other studios wondered why Microsoft had not funded the movie on its own.