With the release of Halo 3 on the Xbox 360 approaching (and already in the midst of an open beta), interest in the abandoned Halo movie has bubbled back up again. The long and short of it continues to be that everyone wants to make it, they just can’t seem to agree on how to go about it.

You’ll remember that Peter Jackson was attached as executive producer on the project originally. It fell apart when he insisted on a completely untried, unknown named Neil Blomkamp to direct the movie and, oh yeah, he wanted Microsoft to give him a big truckload of money for this nobody to do it. Unsurprisingly, it’s right then and there that the whole project fell apart.

But, Lord of the Rings guru Peter Jackson says there’s talk of making it again. The Movie Blog has picked up a story from Stuff.co.nz where Jackson says the release of the Halo 3 videogame later this year is likely to have 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures sniffing around his warthog again. That could mean the film will get moving again, but if it does it won’t because Peter has budged. He says they won’t do it without this Blomkamp guy, who no one but them seems to want anywhere near such a mega-important, mega-huge money investment. Come on Peter, your first film wasn’t a $100 million epic. Let this guy make a few Bad Taste’s first. Don’t be unreasonable.

Still, it’s at least good to hear that the idea of a Halo movie hasn’t drifted off into space somewhere. It sounds like it’s still on everyone’s mind, which hopefully means the movie will actually get made… one of these days. I hate to say it, but it’s starting to sound like the only way it’ll get made is if Peter Jackson gets the heck out of the way.

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