jump to navigation

‘Halo’ Video Game Coming to Big Screen August 25, 2005

Posted by batduck in Friends & Family.
trackback

posted Thu, 08/25/05

SAN FRANCISCO (August 24) – Microsoft Corp. has signed a deal with two film studios to make a movie based on its popular space-based video game series “Halo,” a spokesman for Universal Pictures said on Wednesday.

Universal and Twentieth Century Fox agreed to pay Microsoft $5 million plus a percentage of ticket sales. The total price being paid is capped at 10 percent of the domestic box office.

The deal ends months of speculation over which studio would win the right to make a “Halo” film, which came to Hollywood last spring highly-touted by Microsoft and its representatives at Creative Artists Agency. Messengers delivered a script to the studios wearing costumes and toting laser guns.

But several studios balked at an initially high asking price, which at the time published reports pegged at $15 million plus 15 percent of the initial gross box office.

Under terms of the final agreement, Universal will oversee the film’s production and domestic distribution, while Fox will handle international distribution.

Universal spokesman Paul Pflug said the studios are aiming for a summer 2007 release of a movie based on “Halo” and “Halo 2,” a science fiction series about an alien-fighting warrior named Master Chief.

Microsoft spokesman Carlos de Leon declined to comment on the terms of the movie deal as well as on speculation that the software giant would launch its “Halo 3” game title alongside the movie.

“We haven’t made any announcement on the launch of ‘Halo 3’,” he said.

08/24/05 16:50 ET

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.

Advertisements

Comments»

No comments yet — be the first.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: