In response to news that Universal and Fox have pulled out of the Halo
movie project, Bungie claims there's more to the story than has been reported
. For now, Bungie is all "optimism, satisfaction and happiness for reasons [it] can't go into."
In its most recent weekly update, Bungie takes a stab at Universal and Fox, suggesting that the studios were too concerned with "the numbers" to be ideal partners. After all, Bungie reminds us that the Halo
film is a delicate "creative process," implying that a reported $200 million budget, in the hands of a rookie director, is an investment worth making when Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, WETA, and Microsoft are on-board -- and, Bungie confirms, they are all still on-board and continuing with pre-production. Sounds like a deal to lure a new partner is already in the works.