It looks like the producers of the film adaptation of Microsoft XBox hit game "Halo" have decided to go in a new direction.
"28 Days Later" scribe Alex Garland was hired early 2005 to pen the script. Once it was done, the script was then taken and shopped around the studios in a high profile publicity stunt last June.
While executives joked about how bad the draft was, they didn't want to lose such a potentially valuable property with Universal and Fox ultimately splitting the rights. The hope was to get a film out by Summer 2007.
So much for those plans. JoBlo reports that in a recent interview with GameSetWatch, novelist/screenwriter DB Weiss confirmed he has just been hired to pen "an entirely new second draft" of the film, Garland's script looking like it has been dumped.
Weiss says "Yeah, I'm pretty excited about it. And I did always think there was a lot more to the Halo universe than most games -- I remember switching to "Easy" mode on the first game, so I could plow through it more quickly and find out what happened next".
A Summer 2007 release target now seems almost certainly not to be happening.