Microsoft: We Might Make Halo Movie Ourselves

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Microsoft hasn’t given up on the idea of a Halo movie just yet – In fact, the company is so eager to see one, that it might be willing to pay for it itself. Which, if the franchise’s development director Frank O’Connor is to be believed, may be necessary in order to for it to happen. (More on Time.com: Top 10 Failed Gaming Consoles)

Talking to the New York Videogames Critics Circle blog at last week’s Future of Television East conference, O’Connor explained why previous attempts to bring the successful videogame franchise to the big screen have fallen apart:

It was the lawyers. 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 [because Microsoft controls all licensing for the franchise].

That hasn’t changed the company’s desire to see Halo everywhere, however. In addition to the spin-off novels and comics, O’Connor said that “[the company wants] to have Halo on any screen we have access to,” including television:

We’d love to see Halo as a television series. Look what HBO did with Band of Brothers or even Rome. Something like that would work because the Halo universe is so vast.

But, back to that desire to see Halo as a movie:

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.

Well, it works for George Lucas and Star Wars, so why not…?

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