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Halo getting live-action TV series

Microsoft enlists Steven Spielberg to help bring shooter series to small-screen

Halo is getting a TV series. Microsoft announced the news today as part of its Xbox One unveiling event, and revealed that the sci-fi franchise would be receiving a live-action adaptation with an assist from legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

It was unclear exactly what Spielberg's participation in the series would be, but the director appeared in a short video clip where he expressed his enthusiasm for the project. Spielberg said the Halo universe has always existed at "the intersection where technology and mythmaking meet."

This won't be Halo's first time crossing into other media, or Spielberg's first time getting involved with games. A big-screen Halo adaptation was in the works with Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp, but the project never got off the ground. (Halo has since received more successful comic book and animated film adaptations.)

As for Spielberg, he worked with Electronic Arts multiple times, first in lending his input to the original Medal of Honor, and later with a pair of titles earlier this generation. One of those game, Boom Blox, saw release, while the other, a first-person action game developed under the name LMNO, was cancelled after years in the works.

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Latest comments (10)

its has 5 second long episodes. Its begins, guy gets instantly ganked and verbally abused, credits roll.
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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis3 years ago
I would really love a Halo film still but I think a TV series is as close as we are going to get any time soon.
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Tim Ogul Illustrator 3 years ago
Did they say where this series would be airing? On a network or will it just be more webisodes?
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
@Tim: I think it's an Xbox exclusive content thing as in no network (unless Microsoft creates their own), so it'll appeal to Halo fans and will probably get some heavy ads on regular TV to get folks to snap up that new console.
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Tim Ogul Illustrator 3 years ago
That'll be weird if only people with Xbox's can watch it. I mean, it's not like anyone is going to buy a console just to watch a Halo show. I watched Forward unto Dawn on Youtube, I probably wouldn't have watched that on an Xbox either, even though I do have one.
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Its just a Netflix House of Cards aproach.
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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 3 years ago
@ Chee

It is indeed. But whereas House of Cards has a mainstream premise (political intrigue), is based on a classic UK TV series (itself based on a book), and starred a highly versatile and bankable Hollywood star, Halo has... Spielberg. And an SF idea that's kind of been done to death. And will be SFX heavy.

It's certainly not going to lure the Game of Thrones/House of Lies/House of Cards demographic from what I can see.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 22nd May 2013 2:15pm

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Paul Jace Merchandiser 3 years ago
I agree with Barrie. A Halo live action film would be nice but at this point I just don't see that happening. But if this series is as good as they made Forward Until Dawn then it shouldn't disappoint.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
@Tim: it's not weird at all. Halo is a massive first-party exclusive and if Microsoft's "One Console To Rule Them All... Or Else..." strategy takes off, millions of Halo fans (like the ones I talked to yesterday who were surprisingly giddy about this news) will be buying that One for more Halo on TV that's not a game.

I'm sure they won't sell the rights to cable or anything six years down the pike (but that might help them generate a planet full of money down the road if the series lasts long enough to make it to home video as a box set...). Then again, forcing people to commit to an Xbox Onesie or Twosie later on just to watch the show may be a forever plan...

MS is counting on the more hardcore Halo fans to help move consoles and they at least know THAT part of their base well enough to know how to hook 'em in.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 3 years ago
The day gamesindustry.biz unwillingly became the Onion News Network:

Faceless and almost silent protagonist cast for TV show.
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