Like Star Trek XI, the Halo movie was one of the more anticipated films planned for 2008. Now the film is in limbo, and apparently Trek is partially to blame. After losing financing from Universal and Fox, the Halo producers (Peter Jackson and Microsoft) pinned their hopes on Warner Brothers and Paramount. According to IESB, Abrams and Trek factored into Paramount’s decision to say no. IESB quotes a Paramount exec as saying
Why share a franchise with other parties when we own Star Trek and have a real director doing that film?.
Paramount confident in Abrams Trek
The views expressed by the Paramount exec show the studio’s confidence in Abrams and Trek XI. Halo is actually the second film that Paramont gave Trek a priority over; Paramount pulled Jon Favreau’s ‘John Carter of Mars’ off their 2008 list to make room for Abrams Star Trek XI. As TrekMovie has reported before, Paramount assume this film will be one of their ‘tentpoles’ for 2008. We are also told that (as the above quote indicates), Paramount do expect Abrams to direct Trek XI. Even though the film has yet to get the official go ahead, Paramount seem to be banking on this one. However, the story of the Halo movie is a cautionary tale…things do change in Hollywood.