This is just getting sad. The Halo project is in shambles right now. Remember this announcement from the studios way back in early 2005?:
Variety reports that 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures have closed their deal to make a movie based on Microsoft’s hit video game Halo, with plans for a tentpole release in the summer of 2007.
Yeah… well here we are near the end of the summer of 2006. And what do we have? Nothing.
We have no cast, and most importantly we have NO DIRECTOR YET!!!!!
Don’t hold your breath for a summer 2007 release date. Not having a director yet… a FULL YEAR after they announced the project is bad bad bad news no matter which way you try to spin it. It either means one of three things:
1) They can’t find a decent director who will take a video game project and they’re stuck in total limbo right now with nothing happening.
2) The script that they announced was “completed” last year was actually total crap and they’re just working on trying to redo it into something that actually works.
or what would be even WORSE,
3) They’re proceeding with the project without the guidance of the director. This means right now important film decisions are being made by the wrong people that an actual director will have to walk in and just accept.
This isn’t like the M. Night Shyamalan and Harry Potter situation. I’m not saying a director needs 100% total control over a project at all. But to start working on pre-production elements without a director to guide it would show just how little Bungie knows about making movies.
Look, maybe this film will turn out to be amazing. Maybe it will win Oscars. Maybe Kings and Queens of ages past will rise from the dead just to watch this piece of cinematic history. Maybe. But right now this project is a joke. A full year after its announcement and the still don’t have the first thing you need. A director. I’ll be the guy in the corner not holding his breath.
You may now begin sending your hate mail.