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Steven Spielberg Producing Halo TV Series
For Xbox Live

21 May 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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In the midst of the pomp and ceremony heralding the launch of the new Xbox One gaming console, Microsoft today dropped one nugget that will be of particular interest to fans of games, TV and Steven Spielberg: the company announced that the director will produce a new series based on the Halo games for Xbox Live.

Few details for the series were announced beyond Spielberg’s presence and the collaboration with games makers 343 Industries. But however it comes to life, it’ll likely focus on the central character Master Chief and his battles against the evil Covenant.

Of course, this is hardly the first time someone has tried to turn the game into another format: there is already the live-action web series Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, which saw cadets from UNSC's Corbulo Academy of Military Science, dealing with various crises (see the first chunk below).

The game also has a tortured history with its proposed film adaptation, starting back in 2005 when Microsoft hired Alex Garland to write a script. That was delivered to various studios, resulting in a deal with Universal and Fox. But it got mired in development and financing issues with Peter Jackson and District 9’s Neill Blomkamp eventually throwing up their hands a couple of years later and admitting defeat on the project.

Could this new wrinkle eventually end up inspiring a feature film? It’ll have to be a success first… Meanwhile, learn more about the new Xbox via Wired


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Edward
This is exciting - I love Halo. Forward Unto Dawn is so great - http://www.halo4forwarduntodawn.co.uk More

Posted by Edward_B7 at 23:00 on 30 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Can it compare?
*sigh* this is all to come of the xbox reveal - sadly I have no interest in Halo and genuinely just think it's another ploy by microsoft to convince people to buy an xbox that's not really about gaming. More

Posted by ravagee at 14:32 on 23 May 2013 | Report This Post

Can it compare?
There's a Halo series already - Red vs Blue!!! More

Posted by philby21 at 20:32 on 22 May 2013 | Report This Post

Good!
Lots of potential here, I've always thought Halo could be the property to finally break the game-adaptations-are-terrible mold. Forward unto Dawn felt a lot like BSG in a good, non-derivative way and was something of a proof-of-concept for this. Hopefully the series isn't about the Chief and doesn't try to adapt the games directly - the Haloverse has plenty of room for exploring. They ought to save Chief and the actual Halo story for the film, which I have faith will eventually see the light of More

Posted by bleugh07 at 14:24 on 22 May 2013 | Report This Post

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