Steven Spielberg to Produce Live-Action HALO TV Series

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Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One today, and embedded in its bounty of announcements relating to the new console was the exciting news that Steven Spielberg is developing and will produce a live-action TV series based on the popular Halo franchise.  Microsoft has been trying to get a big screen iteration of Halo off the ground for years, with Peter Jackson previously producing the feature film effort that Neill Blomkamp was poised to direct.  Things went sour when Blomkamp’s vision for the film didn’t jibe with Microsoft’s strict rules regarding how the franchise was to be handled, but it worked out alright with Blomkamp instead making his directorial debut with the stellar 2009 sci-fi pic District 9.

Now it appears that Microsoft will go it alone with regards to a narrative Halo effort, and they’ve got Steven Spielberg on their side.  Hit the jump for more.

steven-spielberg-haloThis isn’t the first time that Spielberg’s name has been connected to the Halo property.  Rumors swirled back in 2011 that Spielberg would be producing the Halo movie at DreamWorks, but obviously that never came to pass.  It would appear that Spielberg and Microsoft have found a different avenue in which to explore a Halo adaptation, and 343 Industries is onboard to develop.  Here’s what Spielberg had to say about the TV show in a pre-recorded statement:

“The Halo universe is an amazing opportunity to be at that intersection where technology and myth-making meet to produce something truly groundbreaking.”

Spielberg will act as executive producer of the series, but not much else is known at this point.  The filmmaker lends his name to a number of properties in executive producer capacity with varying degrees of involvement, so while he’ll certainly have creative input, I wouldn’t expect Spielberg to be intimately working on the Halo series.  Hopefully we hear more soon, but for now click here for our full recap of the Xbox One presentation.

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  • Strong Enough

    Falling Skies. Terra Nova

    Speilberg TV is horrible. i have no hope

  • Strong Enough

    Falling Skies. Terra Nova

    Speilberg TV is horrible. i have no hope

  • Leo Spaceman

    I would rather he stayed out of this. They had to bring him in to be able to attach his name to it and the budget, but now the die hard fans of Halo(which I’m not) are going to get to enjoy sitting through sentimental scenes of little kids riding scooters in a time of war and the adults watching in awe at the magic of the innocent youth.

    I can’t stand watching his sappy approach to the goodness of humanity bullsh*t. Bring in someone like Neil ?Blompkamp? who can actually deliver the type of show that people who actually enjoy the game would want to watch.

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  • Al Conyado

    Steven Spielberg and sci fi television is a bad muthafuckin’ idea.

  • Burning_Horizon

    I love Spielberg’s films, but I hate that he prostitutes his name these days. I wonder how much he was paid to do this “reveal” and have his name plastered all over the marketing. All the while, he gets his cut, but inputs nothing creatively.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Richards/100002224412328 Jason Richards

      Spielberg is friends with Bill Gates and even did an apperence for the unveiling of project natal/ kinect. Spielberg also was one of the few people that got to see Halo’s movie spec script.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Richards/100002224412328 Jason Richards

      Spielberg is friends with Bill Gates and even did an apperence for the unveiling of project natal/ kinect. Spielberg also was one of the few people that got to see Halo’s movie spec script.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Richards/100002224412328 Jason Richards

      Spielberg is friends with Bill Gates and even did an apperence for the unveiling of project natal/ kinect. Spielberg also was one of the few people that got to see Halo’s movie spec script.

  • Burning_Horizon

    I love Spielberg’s films, but I hate that he prostitutes his name these days. I wonder how much he was paid to do this “reveal” and have his name plastered all over the marketing. All the while, he gets his cut, but inputs nothing creatively.

  • BUHALO

    i’ll just remind people that he produced the transformers films, look how they turned out. As great a director that he is (one of the best) he has had his name attached to some real crap!

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  • Edward Buchanan

    This is exciting. I love Halo. Forward Unto Dawn is also a great adaptation from the game – http://www.halo4forwarduntodawn.co.uk

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