Halo: Chronicles Officially Canned

Halo: Chronicles, an episodic joint venture between Microsoft and director Peter Jackson, is officially no more. The much anticipated Halo project has been missing in action since its announcement in September 2006, but today the Los Angeles Times is reporting that budget cuts have killed the project in January of this year. Despite this, Jackson’s new videogame studio, called “Wingnut Interactive,” is still hard at work. Ken Kamins, Jackson’s manager, described the work that the studio is doing:

It was born out of this [Halo deal], but now Peter has people in Wingnut Interactive working on original intellectual property.

Ultimately, it seems that Jackson’s time became too constrained to continue work on the mysterious Halo game. Films such as District 9, The Hobbit, and Tintin have kept the Academy Award winner hard at work; Kamins again provides some insight:

[Microsoft] was scaling back everything, including the number of Halo games, and it just made sense at that point. Once The Hobbit and Tintin got going, they really cannibalized Peter’s time and ability to oversee any Halo games.

Jackson was also supposed to produce a big-screen adaptation of Halo, but the project was cast into development limbo when the studios rejected the film’s massive budget.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

  • GUI J

    UPDATE from
    While Microsoft wouldn’t say that Halo Chronicles was “canceled” – Peter Jackson told us during the San Diego Comic-Con that the ambitious episodic series was “no longer happening” – it did confirm to us that the project was “on hold.” Today, Microsoft hasn’t outright confirmed the partnership’s end, but clarified the project’s current status.

    “Microsoft Game Studios is deeply committed to supporting and strategically growing the Halo franchise, and our relationship with Peter and his team is something that we greatly value. Given the bandwidth of both of our companies we’ve decided to put this joint effort on hold and prioritize resources against other projects like Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach and Halo Legends.”

    Jackson’s manager re-confirmed to the Company Town blog that the collaboration between Microsoft and Jackson had ended allegedly as early as last January. Microsoft has yet to comment on what role it plays in Wingnut Interactive, Jackson’s game production company, said to be “still working on new IP.”