HALO Becomes The Next Lazarus

Easter may have been last weekend, but now comes news of another unexpected resurrection – the film adaptation of hit XBOX video game series “HALO”.

Though the previous film version with Neill Blomkamp (“District 9”) directing and Peter Jackson producing seem to have died a while back, last week Microsoft Game Studios’ franchise development director Frank O’Connor revealed that there’s still life in the old girl yet.

According to IGN while speaking about the property at the MI6 Conference in San Francisco last week, O’Connor said “We’re going to make a movie when the time is right. We own the IP. If we want to make a movie, the scale of all the other stuff that we do changes dramatically.”

The major reason for the film will be an admittedly cynical cash grab, a move not without repercussions – “We make tens and tens of millions of dollars on ancillary stuff, toys, apparel, music and publishing. If we do a movie all of that will grow exponentially. We have some numbers if we do a movie, but it changes everything. It also changes our target and age demographic.”