According to Jackson's agent at International Creative Management, Ken Kamins, "What happened was this: Universal, on behalf of both studios, asked for a meeting with the filmmakers just prior to the due date of a significant payment. Basically, they said that in order to move forward with the film, the filmmakers had to significantly reduce their deals. They waited until the last minute to have this conversation. Peter and Fran, after speaking with their producing partners and with Microsoft and Bungee [sic] (the studio that designed the original game), respectfully declined."-- Game over for Halo movie (Joystiq)
A shame since many a gamer was hoping this would finally be the game movie that didn't suck. The factors don't look good here - a newb director and Microsoft apparently trying to pocket as much cash as possible. I kinda doubt Jackson himself would want to take the reins on this one unless someone at Bungie convinces him the story merits Lord of the Rings style attention (and as much of a fan of the Halo-Marathon backstory I am ... I'm not sure it is).
The formula here would seem to be to lower that $200 million dollar mark somewhat and find a director with less name power but some experience. It's early and I can't think of anyone right now, though.
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