Peter Jackson's long missing-in-action Halo project, Halo Chronicles, is "no longer happening", the Lord of the Rings director has finally confirmed.
Speaking in a brief interview with Joystiq, Jackson confirmed that the 'film/game' project collapsed when the Halo movie didn't end up happening, thanks to disputes over money by the film studios.
"Microsoft has a whole strategy with the Halo property, and when the rights expired with the two studios, that sort of ended my involvement with the project," he said.
"That fell apart because of internal politics at Fox and Universal. It had nothing to do with the budget or anything else. In fact, we hadn't even been greenlit at all at that point."
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The Halo film, which was due to be directed by newcomer Neil Blomkamp, has now seemingly morphed into sci-fi war film, District 9, which is due in cinemas next month.
"District 9 was definitely born out of the Halo film ruins, and we wouldn't have seen this movie if Halo had gone ahead. I have always felt that if fate is taking you somewhere, don't fight it.
"We realized that we had a real talent in Neill Blomkamp, so we decided to find a project for him and we decided to build a story around his Live in Joburg short film."
It's going to be painful watching the Halo movie that could've been.